Issue-based Newsletters

The Learning Network team produces and disseminates four e-newsletters per fiscal year as part of our mandate to mobilize knowledge on violence against women, including sexual and domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking, and the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children.  Each newsletter has a primary focus (e.g., Sexual Violence; Human Trafficking) and highlights relevant information (e.g., resources), research, and promising practices.  Links to additional information and online resources are provided to enhance learning.  Currently, newsletters are electronically distributed to over 1000 Ontario recipients, largely individuals working in health, mental health, social services, education, and the justice system.  Please forward your contact information to vawln@uwo.ca to ensure that you receive our newsletters.

We want the Learning Network to be relevant to everyone working on issues of violence against women.  To achieve this goal, we need your input.  Help us learn about gaps in information, training or services.  Tell us about emerging issues.  Let us know about helpful educational resources and tools that you have developed and/or discovered.  We welcome your ideas, questions and comments.  At the end of each newsletter is a link to a brief survey to help us evaluate the newsletter and to inform the development of future newsletters.


2016

Issue 18: October 2016

Violence Against Women Who Are Older

Research and Literature on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) often focuses on younger women with little attention given to IPV against women who are older. While recognizing that women’s identities go beyond the scope of age and gender, this newsletter focuses on the different types of violence and abuse against women who are older, barriers to disclosure, and offers suggestions for further research and approaches to helping the older population.
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Issue 17: July 2016

Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

In Canada and around the world, a large number of women have experienced both sexual violence and forms of intimate partner violence. These experiences can occur as separate incidents across the life course or co-occur within the context of an intimate relationship. This newsletter will
focus on the latter, commonly referred to as intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV). The consequences of IPSV are discussed as well as issues of language, power and control, intersectionality, practice, and available research and its limitations.
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Issue 16: March 2016

Boys' Victimization & Adult IPV Perpetration: Opportunities for Prevention across the Life Course

Evidence-based research has increasingly focused on interventions to prevent and respond to gender-based violence (GBV). An important aspect of prevention involves understanding men’s pathways to violence, given that police data show men account for over 80% of perpetrated violence against women in Canada. With growing evidence for the association between boys’ experiences of victimization and subsequent perpetration of violence as they age, we have devoted this newsletter to enhancing GBV prevention by identifying men at risk of becoming perpetrators at earlier points in their lives. We invite you to read our full report from which this newsletter is drawn here.
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2015

Issue 15: October 2015

Intersectionality

The Learning Network’s provincial Resource Group identified the need for a newsletter on intersectionality. Informed by discussions with key stakeholders, we make this important and complex framework easier to understand.  We define the core components of an intersectional approach and present ideas and resources to enhance your efforts to bring intersectionality into practice, education, policy/program design, evaluation, and research.  We also want to learn how you use intersectionality in your work.  Please let us know at vawln@uwo.ca
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Issue 14: July 2015

Femicide

Many women’s advocates and researchers have called for the use of the term femicide to clearly name the killing of women and girls as a gender-based crime within the broader continuum of violence against women. Their voices inspired our newsletter on Femicide.  We invite you to read about the different forms of femicide, its broad ranging impacts, the roots of this global health and human rights concern, and some of the actions required to end femicide. 

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Issue 13: June 2015

Sexual & Gender-based Harassment

To contribute to Sexual Harassment Awareness Week (June 1 to 7), the Learning Network is pleased to be releasing a special newsletter on Sexual and Gender-based Harassment. Learn more about sexual harassment, its potential impacts, barriers to reporting, myths, realities, and what each of us can do to stop this form of sexual violence.  We also hope you will visit our new Network Area where we’ve posted over 30 resources/research papers on this topic.
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Issue 12: April 2015

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Rainbow Communities

In this issue we explore the benefits of an intersectional approach for understanding IPV in LGBT relationships and how the experiences of LGBT survivors may differ from other IPV survivors.  Learn about barriers to services for LGBT survivors and their abusive partners, as well as what practice competencies help to reduce barriers.  The Learning Network team has included descriptions of and links to LGBT organizations/networks and a range of resources (e.g. for allies, for trainers, for Deaf Queer Womyn, for immigrants and refugees, for youth).
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2014

Issue 11: December 2014

We Remember December 6th

The Learning Network’s December 6th Commemorative Issue honours the 14 women who were killed because they were women and all other women who’ve been killed or hurt by gender-based violence.
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Issue 10: July 2014

Gender Equality

In Issue 10 of the Learning Network Newsletter, the team focuses on Gender Equality.  We provide a definition of Gender Equality and discuss why it is important and its inextricable link to violence against women.  Through brief text and graphics, we illustrate the existing gender gaps in Canada in women’s political participation, in women’s health and well-being due to the disproportionate levels of intimate partner and sexual violence they experience, and in women’s economic well-being. The role of economic instability or dependence in keeping women in abusive relationships is discussed.  We also examine the greater gaps in equality experienced by women belonging to communities affected by historical disadvantages, discrimination, and systemic barriers. Actions that parents, educators, and employees/employers can take to promote gender equality are included. Hyperlinks to 26 online resources used in the development of this newsletter are provided.
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Issue 9: May 2014

Sexual Violence Awareness

This Learning Network newsletter is on sexual violence. It positions sexual violence within the broader context of violence against women, defines what is meant by sexual violence, rape culture, and drug facilitated sexual assault.  Readers are encouraged to read statistics on sexual violence through an intersectional lens. Five courageous survivors share their experience (4 on video tape and 1 through a letter), illuminating different ways women are impacted by and cope with sexual violation. Be sure to check out the Learning Network Briefs and other online resources on the incidence and prevalence of sexual violence, promising responses to victims/survivors, training and education campaigns, and prevention initiatives.
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Issue 8: February 2014

Social Marketing and Prevention of Violence Against Women

This Learning Network newsletter describes social marketing and its role in VAW prevention, presents promising practices for VAW social marketing campaigns, profiles Ontario-based campaigns, explains formative research, monitoring and evaluation and provides online links to campaigns that have documented all three forms of research and evaluation.  Be sure to check out the Learning Briefs and resources developed by the Learning Network team on social marketing campaigns and evaluation.
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2013

Issue 7: December 2013

Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf Women

We are pleased to have partnered with DAWN-RAFH Canada for this extended, accessible newsletter that focuses on the under-recognized, under-researched and under-resourced social concern -- violence against women with disAbilities and Deaf women.  We highlight the intersectional context of violence experienced by women with disAbilities, draw on lived experience, and provide statistics and resources.
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Issue 6: October 2013

Violence Against Young Women

We are pleased to release Issue 6 of the Learning Network e-newsletter – Violence Against Young Women.  We are especially grateful to Dawn and Ed Novak for their reflections on their daughter Natalie’s preventable murder, featured in our Learning From Lived Experience segment.  This Issue also includes infographics on violence against young women, the consequences they experience, resources, gaps, and promising prevention and education initiatives. Please be sure to complete the brief evaluation survey found on the last page of the newsletter.
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Issue 5: June 2013

Engaging Men & Boys to End Violence Against Women

In celebration of Father's Day, the Learning Network is pleased to release "Engaging Men and Boys to End Violence Agaisnt Women".  We were honoured to partner with White Ribbon to co-author this Issue, and to have Todd Minerson and Humberto Carolo as guest editors. 

In this Newsletter we have tried to represent the spectrum of work around engaging men and boys through different lenses. In highlighting projects and programs from Canada and across the world we wanted to showcase existing and promising efforts around: Involved Fatherhood; Youth, Sports, and School; Aboriginal Men; Cultural Communities; and, Men Who Have Used Violence.
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Issue 4: April 2013

Technology-Related Violence Against Women

Technology is playing a role in all categories of violence against women (e.g., sexual violence, harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence). Telephones, computers and the internet can be used to harm women. While the dynamics of violence largely remain the same, technology extends the reach and created new forms of abusive behaviour. Technology related violence erodes a woman's sense of safety.
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Issue 3: January 2013

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Every year, children are exposed to the abuse and/or assault of adults by their intimate partners. Canadian survey results tell us that the majority of children witnessing domestic violence saw or heard assaults against their mothers.  In this issue, the Learning Network team provides information on the extent of children’s exposure to domestic violence, potential impacts of exposure, patterns of adjustment and factors moderating adjustment, traumatic stress reactions, neuro-cognitive and biological impacts, interventions, and resources.  Four promising directions are highlighted: partnership between the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration and the Children’s Aid Society of London-Middlesex and of Oxford County; Women Abuse Affects Our Children: An Educator’s Guide, Caring Dads, and Children See, Children Do.
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2012

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Issue 2: September 2012

The Issue: Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a serious human rights violation and a clandestine crime. It is perpetrated primarily against women and children, occurs at the international and Canadian level, and involves the recruitment, transportation or harbouring of persons for the purpose of exploitation. The consequences of this gendered violence are devastating.  We highlight accessible, current information and diverse perspectives on human trafficking and link you to more in depth discussions and materials.
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Issue 1: May 2012

Inaugural Issue

The inaugural issue of the newsletter, introduces the Learning Network and describes our purpose, roots, mandate, and work.  The issue primarily focuses on sexual violence, including Holly Johnson’s attrition pyramid on the estimated conviction rate for sexual assaults reported on victim surveys; myths and facts, systemic factors creating vulnerabilities for aboriginal women, the lived experience of disabled women who are sexually assaulted; supportive responses to women who disclose sexual violence; education campaigns; domestic violence training; and highlights of emerging and promising directions and initiatives in Ontario (e.g., risk assessment and management online curricula, Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project, curriculum for women experiencing DV, mental health and substance abuse problems). 
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