Join the conversation to help stop violence at work


You’re invited to our online and in-person engagement sessions

SWITCH BC is updating the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum (PVPC) training. Hearing directly from the people working in healthcare in B.C. will help shape the most robust, relevant, and meaningful updates to this vital training program. This engagement opportunity is now closed, and we would like to thank everyone who shared their time and insights with us. You can stay connected to the project on our Your Say engagement website.


Online sessions

These one-hour sessions are designed for specific audiences in high-risk areas, to allow for focused conversation as it relates to workplaces and roles. Registration is required and eligible participants will be thanked for their time with a $50 gift card. Based on your role and schedule, we recommend attending a session based on your workplace. There are also sessions grouped by union membership.

  • Corrections – June 12
  • BC General Employees’ Union (BCGEU) members – June 13
  • BC Nurses’ Union (BCNU) members – June 15
  • Mental health and addictions – June 19
  • Acute Care – June 20
  • Long-Term Care – June 22
  • Physicians – June 22
  • Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) members – June 26
  • Home Care – June 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • BC Emergency Health Services (BC EHS) members – June 28
  • Managers and/or Leaders – June 29
  • Health Sciences Association of B.C. (HSA) members – July 5
  • Community Clinics, July 6


In-person sessions

These sessions offer two options for participating face-to-face. Register either in advance or at the door.

Focus group

These sessions are available at union locations and participants should plan to attend for 60 minutes. Eligible participants will be thanked for their time with a $50 gift card.

  • Langley, BC General Employee’s Union (BCGEU) office – June 19
Drop in

These sessions are available at health authority locations and participants should plan to attend for 15-30 minutes. Participants will be thanked for their time with snacks and refreshments.

  • Prince George, University Hospital of Northern British Columbia – June 6
  • Terrace, Mills Memorial Hospital – June 8
  • Parksville, Oceanside Urgent Care Centre (Room OHC 205 Lasqueti) – June 12
  • Kelowna, Kelowna General Hospital (Murray Ramsden Boardroom) – June 15
  • Vancouver, Vancouver General Hospital (Lauener Room, 2809) – June 22
  • Vancouver, Children’s & Women’s Health Centre (Shaughnessy Building, Room D203) – June 26
  • Surrey, Surrey Memorial Hospital (Room 008 7th Floor – UBC Lecture Rooms CCT) – June 27
  • Victoria, Royal Jubilee Hospital (Patient Care Centre 150) – June 29
  • Abbotsford, Menno Place (Multi-Purpose Room, Menno Hospital Chapel) – July 4


Support, if and when you need it

Violence can be hard to talk about. Your workplace may provide employer paid mental health supports, such as an Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) or extended health coverage for sessions with a mental health professional. Contact your managers, union representative, or HR team member for information or look into the free options below.


The fine print

Participants are responsible for confirming supervisor permission to attend during work time.

To receive a gift card, participants must be a current employee in a B.C. healthcare organization and must complete the engagement session. Participants may be asked to show proof of employment with a BC healthcare organization. Participant involvement in the engagement session will be reviewed on an individual basis when there are circumstances that arise that would prevent the participant from completing the session.

Focus group and online sessions will be documented through anonymous written transcripts, which will be collected and managed by SWITCH BC. There are no personal identifiers collected in the written transcripts. If you have any questions about the collection of the transcripts, please contact

Learn more about the PVPC update