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About BBW

Welcome! to Building a Bigger Wave, the Ontario Network for VAW Coordinating Committees

Learn more about us below and make sure to read about our Guidelines for Working Together.


Who We Are

The Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network (BBWON) is a feminist-based, volunteer network of passionate professionals and advocates who believe it is vital to strengthen existing multi-sector tables known as Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees (VAWCCs). VAWCCS are existing infrastructure with experience and expertise that can propel social innovation and change. In Ontario, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) funds 48 local committees across the province. As such, VAWCCs can be critical elements in a larger strategy to engage everyone in the province of Ontario to end violence against women and children. The BBWON leadership believes that ending sexual and domestic violence in all its forms is a shared responsibility.

VAWCCs are comprised of committed professionals and advocates who meet regularly to do the heavy lifting on figuring out how to work together more effectively in local communities on domestic and sexual violence cases and related issues. The BBWON is a virtual place for communication and connection for individuals, VAWCCs and other allies. We are committed to ongoing learning and shared leadership to achieve collective impact on this most complex and destructive global epidemic1. BBWON is only one piece in a much larger picture of people working together to create a peaceful and just world. BBWON is an emergent and evolving network.

BBWON currently has three coordinators who manage overall network activities and projects. Project funding supports their involvement but most of the work is done on a volunteer basis. This allows BBWON to function according to the priorities identified by the network.


What We Do

The Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network provides the infrastructure that supports connectivity between Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees (VAWCCs) and with other local, regional and provincial allies. BBWON does not represent any committee, community or single perspective. Instead, BBWON strives to make the many diverse voices more visible. As such, the network aspires to serve as the circulatory system for the VAW sector, linking passionate professionals, advocates and citizens, working in partnership with government, under a common agenda to end violence against women and children on a wide variety of issues and topics.

BBWON activities include:

  • Newsletters (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Email updates on VAW events and issues
  • Strategic support for local, regional and provincial advocacy and initiatives
  • Shared leadership to strengthen relationships between VAW related associations and groups
  • Hosting think tanks and provincial forums to advance issues and clarify objectives
  • Maintaining this website


We are committed to feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive values and principles

Feminism and intersectional critical research, analyses and thought can help us understand the complexity of the world and the impossibility of reducing social issues down to simple solutions. Too often, feminism is attacked and reduced down to stereotypes such as “man-haters” and “bitches”. We focus on ending violence against women and children because they are the most vulnerable to violence in relationships and suffer the most long lasting and serious injuries and deaths. A community is only as strong as its most vulnerable citizens. Feminist and intersectional analyses provide strong critical tools to examine social inequalities and structural violence. Doing everything we can to enhance the wellbeing of our most vulnerable citizens is a shared and civic social responsibility. BBWON aspires to be as inclusive and diverse as possible. As an unfunded entity, the network is largely dependent on the people who come to it to contribute actively in a leadership role to its ongoing growth and development.