The Circle



Our programs follow children and youth throughout their development. Exposure to messages that build upon one another from elementary to high school means consistent learning and practising of skills to build healthy relationships.


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Committed to fostering respect, courage, diversity, connection and innovation.


The Circle, formerly SWOVA, has worked for more than two decades to address violence in all forms. Founded as a ‘wake-up call’ for action against gender-based violence, The Circle has become a champion of information on individual rights and protection and has developed education programs and awareness initiatives to address discrimination and violence based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age and ability.


The Circle’s youth programs encourage young people to challenge assumptions and learn skills that foster healthy, equal relationships. The Circle believes that all human beings should be free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices.


We envision inclusive and gender-equitable communities living violence-free.

About Us

We are committed to fostering inclusive, gender-equitable and violence-free communities. Learn more! 


Explore our programs for youth and educators: Healthy Relationships, Training, Community Events and Awareness.


See The Circle victories and discover the depth and breadth of our work.  



To treat each other with consideration and dignity, fostering self-respect and respect for others.


To speak, act, and advocate for what is right, working for social justice and persevering against social injustice.


To include different voices and perspectives with an understanding and appreciation for all.


To seek opportunities for collaboration and effective partnerships that foster caring and belonging in communities.


To be flexible and responsive in addressing the unique and changing needs of the communities we serve.

Supporting and Allied Organizations


Love & Motivation

Program Participants in 2019-20

News & Events

Be More Than A Bystander

Be More Than A Bystander

What does the BC Lions Football Club have to do with gender-based violence? The BC Lions Football Club and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) created the "Be More Than A Bystander" program. It's a groundbreaking initiative aimed at increasing...

Power of Connection in Facing Challenge

Power of Connection in Facing Challenge

I recently heard about a fascinating study in which researchers were investigating human perception of challenge. One of their findings was that when a person stands at the base of a hill that they are about to climb, they perceive the hill to be 10 to 20% larger than...

Job Opportunity for Youth (Aged 15-30)

Job Opportunity for Youth (Aged 15-30)

We're looking for a Marketing & Communications Assistant! The Assistant will help with the development and implementation of the communications and social enterprise initiatives within our organization. This position is a part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program...

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