The DEWC looks after 300 women, seniors and children daily and provides emergency shelter for up to 60 women each night.
Its location in one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods, and the at-risk individuals that come through its doors, means security and safety is of paramount importance.
Avigilon has donated a high-definition surveillance system as part of the organisation’s corporate social responsibility program. The products help create a safer environment for the centre’s users by deterring any potential threats and providing evidence of safety-related incidents around the site.
Fiona York, fund development co-ordinator at DEWC, said: “Many of the women who rely on our shelter are victim to physical abuse and threats of violence.
“With the detail provided by the Avigilon system we can monitor our grounds closely and ensure the women who need our facility have a safe place they can go.”
Alexander Fernandes, president and CEO at Avigilon, added: “The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre has provided assistance to thousands of at-risk individuals over the years.
“Avigilon was developed in Vancouver and we strive to give back to our community by helping to make the city a safer place for our neighbours in need.”