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  • Draw the Line/ Traçons-les-limites.ca

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Action Against Violence Against Women
    Publisher(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), Action ontarienne contra la violence faite aux femmes
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This bilingual interactive social media campaign challenges people to think about how they would respond to situations involving sexual violence against women and girls. The campaign briefly describes situations that involve sexual violence and outlines why, when, and how a person should ‘draw the line’. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and educates bystanders on how to effectively and safely intervene. This campaign is led by the Action ontarienne contra la violence faite aux femmes and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres and was funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.


  • Aging Without Violence Project Website

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    In 2018 the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) received funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, through Ontario's Senior Strategy, to lead a 4-year training and resource project focused on ending violence against older women in Ontario (Jan. 2018- March. 2021). The Aging Without Violence (AWV) project is guided by an inter-sector provincial advisory including stakeholders with expertise in violence against older women, public education, service provider training, research, and improved community responses. This website contains monthly word to the wise factsheets, research, resources, tools, online training and webinar recordings focused on violence against older women, as well as information on upcoming in-person training and knowledge exchange opportunities through the Aging Without Violence project. Resources are published in both French and English. Training is accessed through the OAITH training portal.


  • Changing The Story: Ontario Native Women's Association

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    On the national day of awareness honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (February 15th), the Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA) launched a website that provides information, tools, guides and kits to help family members of missing and murdered indigenous women. It also provides tools to at risk women.


  • Draw the Line Campaign

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    Draw The Line/Tracons les limites is a bilingual provincial public education campaign developed by Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) and Action Ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF). Draw the Line challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively. Since 2015, Draw the Line campaign partners include Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) with Action ontarienne (AO), in partnership with Egale Human Rights Trust, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Ophea, White Ribbon Campaign and Western University.


  • FamilyCourtAndBeyond.ca

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): P. Cross, R. MacLean
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Family Court and Beyond website provides legal and safety information, strategies and activities for women subjected to abuse and involved in or considering family court. Topics covered include: forms of abuse, including legal bullying; self-care; safety planning, including when leaving or when in court, with technology and for children; working with a lawyer and/or court services; collecting and presenting evidence; the family court process; common family law issues for women leaving abusive relationships; and specific considerations for Indigenous women, women in rural and remote communities, and women with criminal, child protection and/or immigration legal issues. Visitors can download the Family Court and Beyond Survival Workbook and Organizer or individual worksheets.


  • Fourth R

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): D.A. Wolfe, C. Crooks, R. Hughes, P. Jaffe
    Publisher(s): Centre for School Mental Health, Western University
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Dating Violence

    This widely implemented, school-based universal prevention program, promotes healthy relationships and targets violence, high-risk sexual behaviour, and substance use among adolescents. It contains a mental health component, is for students in 7th to 12th grades, and is incorporated in health education classes, English courses, or cross-curricula. Adaptations of the curriculum exist for Native youth, alternative school settings, and After-School programs.


  • Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin: I am a Kind Man

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    This campaign initiative motivates Aboriginal men and boys to help prevent violence against Aboriginal women and girls. The campaign provides culturally relevant education and resources for men to address issues of violence against women and girls and to support Aboriginal men to choose non-violence. This campaign was funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.


  • LukesPlace.ca

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    Luke’s Place is a centre for change devoted solely to improving the safety and experience of abused women and their children as they proceed through the family law process. The Luke’s Place website provides information about the agency’s services for women in Durham Region, and systemic work and training services for women’s advocates. Legal information and news are posted weekly with answers to frequently asked questions about family law and family court processes as well as analysis of relevant case law and current events. The site also offers a listing of family law support services throughout Ontario.


  • LukesPlaceTraining.ca

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Luke’s Place Training website is a professional development hub for women’s advocates providing family law support in Ontario.


  • Make It Our Business

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Make It Our Business
    Publisher(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    The Make It Our Business campaign provides information and education to help employers and other stakeholders (e.g., human resources professionals, security personnel, union reps, co-workers) recognize, respond to, and prevent woman abuse in the workplace. On-the-ground training options are also available to address the varying roles and responsibilities of employers and employees in creating a safe and supportive workplace. This campaign was funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.


  • Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign/ Voisin-es, ami-es et familles/ NFF for Immigrant and Refugee Communities

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF)
    Publisher(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF)
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Neighbours, Friends, and Families (NFF) campaign helps people to recognize the signs of woman abuse and learn how to provide support to an at-risk woman or engage with a man who uses abusive behaviours in order to encourage him to seek help. The campaign provides educational resources by way of websites, handbooks, videos, public service announcements, and brochures. The materials are available in 18 languages. The NFF campaign is offered in French and focuses on woman abuse in immigrant and refugee communities. This campaign was funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.


  • Online Training Initiative to Address Human Trafficking

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): MCIS Language Solutions
    Publisher(s): Multilingual Community Interpreter Services
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    In consultation with subject area experts, service providers, government staff, police and survivors of human trafficking, Multilingual Community Interpreter Services (MCIS) has developed online training and related resources for service providers who support human trafficking victims in Ontario. The training and related resources include: an overview of human trafficking in Canada and Ontario; information on the dynamics of human trafficking; human trafficking indicators; service needs of trafficked persons; unique needs of Aboriginal and Francophone clients; and information on first response, medium and long-term support. The training is also available in French.


  • Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) Website

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is a network of sexual assault centres across Ontario. OCRCC represent 29 English-language sexual assault centres. OCRCC’s membership includes sexual assault centres from across Ontario, offering counselling, information and support services to survivors of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse and incest. The OCRCC website includes a range of resources pertaining to sexual violence and human trafficking, including position papers, fact sheets, FAQs, and advocacy work undertaken by the Coalition.


  • Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) Learn at Work

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants provides numerous free online training programs focusing on various topics related to immigration and violence. Training programs include: Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women through Early Intervention; Family Violence and Refugee and Immigration Law; Family Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee Women: Community Development Strategies; and Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities.


  • Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee
    Publisher(s): Queen's Printer for Ontario
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Femicide

    The Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) was established in 2002 in response to recommendations from two major public inquests into the domestic homicides of Arlene May and Gillian Hadley by their former male intimate partners. The purpose of the committee is to assist the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario in investigating and reviewing deaths that occur in the context of intimate partner violence and form recommendations to help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. The DVDRC publishes an annual report that highlights statistics on domestic homicide in the province, outlines cases reviewed by the committee and recommendations that came out of the review, and highlights any major themes around education, intervention and prevention.


  • Paramedic Response to Violence Against Women

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Sunnybrook Centre For Prehospital Medicine
    Publisher(s): Sunnybrook Centre For Prehospital Medicine
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Sunnybrook – Osler Centre for Prehospital Care has developed online training for emergency first responders. The first initiative, the "Paramedic Response to Violence Against Women" is available to paramedics and paramedic students in community colleges across Ontario. With the support of the Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services Ontario (AMEMSO), the training provides a realistic experience and practical skills to better identify, respond and support suspected victims.


  • Portal-Pathway

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): White Ribbon
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This digital resource is developed as part of the Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign. The “Portal-Pathway” is a place where men and boys can learn about domestic violence, its root causes and how to prevent violence against women and girls in their community. The “Portal-Pathway” is organized along the following areas: Harm and Violence, Help and Healing, Support and Services, How to be an Ally, and Promoting Positive Masculinity. This resource is also available in Arabic and French.


  • Positive Spaces Initiative

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    The Positive Spaces Initiative was developed by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) to share resources and increase organizational capacity across the sector to more effectively serve LGBTQ newcomers. Positive Spaces are welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ newcomers to access culturally inclusive services and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The Positive Spaces starter kit was developed to bring greater visibility to the specific needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ newcomers and staff. The kit is comprised of fact sheets and stories drawn from interviews with LGBTQ+ newcomers, staff and allies. The kit contains tips for supporting clients, a glossary of terms, understanding human rights, tips and tools for making an agency a positive space, and resources.


  • Project Shift

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): YWCA Canada
    Publisher(s): YWCA Canada
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    This website features Project Shift: Creating a Safer Digital World for Young Women, a national multi-year project, led by YWCA Canada and funded by the Status of Women Canada. YWCA Canada convened cross-sector stakeholders to work toward systemic change by developing and implementing strategies that prevent and eliminate cyberviolence against young women and girls. Project Shift establishes the need for a gender lens to understand violence online and makes recommendations for a range of public and private actors, from educational institutions to parents and information, communications and technology organizations to counsellors and police.


  • Truck Stop Campaign by PACT-Ottawa

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans Ottawa
    Publisher(s): Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans Ottawa
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about trafficking in persons, specifically amongst the trucking industry and provide education to communities across the province with the overall goal of reaching national and international audiences. The TruckSTOP campaign targets the transport industry with the belief that truck drivers may travel the same routes as traffickers and may witness suspicious activities. The campaign provides drivers and truck stop visitors with information on how to identify trafficking and what to do when they suspect trafficking is occurring. Information is provided on posters, beverage coasters, podcasts, audio CD’s and radio productions. Materials are available free of charge.


  • Walking In Her Moccasins

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, White Ribbon
    Publisher(s): Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and White Ribbon began collaborating in January 2016 to implement a multi-year initiative to engage Indigenous men and boys, to enhance their capacity to both respond and prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and White Ribbon acknowledge the impact of colonialism on Indigenous communities, and through this Bundle offer healing-based exercises, specific to Indigenous communities, which can be adapted as needed.


  • Yourchoice.to

    Year: Not Applicable
    Author(s): Toronto Police Service
    Publisher(s): Toronto Police Service
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2018 website by the Toronto Police Service includes information for or sex assault survivors looking for support and if they choose, information on how to report incidents to police. The Frequently Asked Questions and information sections about consent, your rights and reporting is available in 12 different languages.


  • Boys Don’t Cry

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): White Ribbon
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    White Ribbon’s “Boys Don’t Cry” video draws attention to the impact of rigid gender stereotypes on boys throughout the life cycle. Since eradicating gender inequality and all forms of gender-based violence requires a rethinking of the harmful aspects of masculinity, the video encourages boys and men to express a full range of emotions and understand the positive difference they can make when they do.


  • Disclosures of Sexual Violence on University and College Campuses

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Publisher(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This training includes 7 modules with video scenarios, practice quizzes and links to important resources to help you respond supportively and effectively to disclosures of sexual violence on campus.


  • How Survivors Of Partner Violence Can Work With Their Family Lawyer: What to ask for and what to expect

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): T. Witelson, K. Gearin
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), METRAC
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    How can a survivor of intimate partner violence make the most of the working relationship with their lawyer in a family law case? How can misunderstanding and further trauma be avoided? This webinar will discuss best practices for an effective and efficient lawyer-client working relationship, and what survivor clients can and should reasonably expect and ask from their lawyers. This new webinar from the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) project, is presented by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director at METRAC, and Kerry K. Gearin, Family, Child Abduction & Child Safety Lawyer.


  • How to Promote Healthy Masculinity: 10 Tips

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): White Ribbon
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    This White Ribbon resource offers 10 tips for boys and young men to promote healthy masculinity with other men and boys in their lives.


  • Immigration, Women and Violence: Making a Claim on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): T. Witelson, R. Parsa
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), METRAC
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    Women who don’t have legal immigration status in Canada may have a close relationship with a child in Canada; and/or they are affected by violence, either in Canada or in their country of origin. These situations make an application for permanent residence based on Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) grounds an option. This webinar will discuss the basic elements of an H&C application, from the perspective of a woman applicant. This is a new webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, presented by Tamar Witelson, METRAC’s Legal Director, and Roxana Parsa, METRAC’s Program Lawyer.


  • Partner Abuse: How Can a Restraining Order Help?

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): T. Witelson, M. Rose
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), METRAC
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    Review or refresh what you know about Restraining Orders: when you can get one for a family abuse or violence situation in Ontario, and how they are similar and different from Peace Bonds. This webinar is part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series, co-presented by METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, and family law lawyer Malerie Rose of Rose Family Law.


  • Sexual Violence and Older Women in Long Term Care: Intersectoral Approaches and Promising Practices

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): T. Rankin
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO), Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH), Aging Without Violence
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This webinar provides participants with an overview of sexual violence against older women; discusses the actions and behaviors that constitute sexual abuse, risk factors, and barriers to disclosures; helps participants to understand consent and capacity in the context of sexual violence; clarifies the responsibilities of staff to report sexual abuse under Long-Term Care (LTC) Act; provides insight about the police role in investigation of reports of sexual abuse in LTC homes; provides information on inter-sectoral approaches and promising practices to providing support and care to older women living in LTC homes; and highlights barriers and strategies for risk management related to sexual violence in LTC settings.


  • Summary Report of the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey

    Year: 2019
    Author(s): CCI Research, Inc.
    Publisher(s): Government of Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This report describes the findings from the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey, an online survey addressing how post-secondary students in Ontario perceive, understand, and respond to sexual violence (N=163,777). The survey addresses five main themes: 1) perception of consent; 2) knowledge of sexual violence supports, services, and reporting procedures; 3) experiences of sexual violence, stalking, and harassment; 4) satisfaction with institutional response to sexual violence; and 5) behaviour of bystanders. The report presents findings for each of these themes among post-secondary sectors (e.g. University, College, Private Career College) as well as among post-secondary institution.


  • #UsToo A Call to Action: Meeting the needs of migrant and racialized communities in anti-gender-based violence work in Ontario

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): S. Ahmad, S. Konanur, L. Sarangi, N. Rosado Ferrari, R. Bhuyan, C. Niles
    Publisher(s): Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF), Barbra Schlifer Clinic
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and the held the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic held a #UsToo Roundtable on March 2, 2018. The aim of the Roundtable was to identify how to better meet the needs of Black, racialized, immigrant, refugee, migrant worker, international student, and non-status communities (henceforth referred to as “migrant and racialized communities”) when addressing gender-based violence and supporting survivors. The roundtable featured voices from leaders from across Ontario, sharing their expertise on how to better serve immigrant and refugee survivors of gender-based violence. They used recommendations from the Roundtable to develop the #UsToo Working Paper.


  • An Election Toolkit Addressing Sexual Violence

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    A toolkit developed by the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres to help individuals ask candidates in the provincial election what they will do to prevent sexual violence and better support survivors.


  • An Intervention Guide for Service Providers and Partners in Care

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    Elder Abuse Ontario has developed a series of ‘Training Modules’ on specific issues related to elder abuse in the LGBTQ community. This Module has been designed to provide a standardized format for training purposes that can be utilized for educating interdisciplinary sectors. It contains the following: guiding principles, overview and definition(s), risk factors and warning signs, assessment questions, interview strategy, safety planning, reporting and legislation, case studies, and provincial resources/services.


  • Colonization, Oppression and Racism: Understanding Violence Against Indigenous Women who are Older

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): A. Skye
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO), Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH), Aging Without Violence
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This webinar allows participants to develop a greater awareness of the root causes of violence against older Indigenous women, including the impacts of colonization and socio-economic inequalities; raises awareness and educates service providers about violence in Indigenous communities, the causes of violence against older Indigenous women and how to respond to it; and shares appropriate responses that empower Indigenous women who are older who have experienced violence to facilitate and support the healing process.


  • Domestic Violence in Later Life: Detecting and Preventing Homicide/Suicide: Understanding Possibilities for Intervention

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): K. Moon, A. Neumann
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO), Learning Network, Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This webinar enables participate to: develop a better understanding of how intimate partner homicide and homicide-suicide involving younger and older couples (65+) differ; identify common risk factors in intimate partner homicides involving older couples; and identify unique risk factors that may end in suicide of the perpetrators. It does so by using case studies, examine the circumstances of these deaths and reviewing recommendations generated by the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee that are aimed at preventing such deaths in the future. It also shared the resources available to service providers that can help support older couples at potential risk.


  • Draw the Line Webinars for Educators

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): White Ribbon
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This series of Webinars addresses the ways that men and boys can promote healthy masculinities and healthy relationships. It provides resources designed specifically for Elementary and Secondary educators to help their students build sexual violence prevention skills.


  • Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault: Information for First Responders

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
    Publisher(s): Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This information sheet was developed by the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres to provide information to first responders of drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA). The resource defines DFSA and contains information on how to recognize a potential DFSA; why victims/survivors may delay reporting; and what first responders can do to help victims/survivors.


  • Elder Abuse: Recognition, Prevention and Intervention Tools For Family Health Teams

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): C. Jackson, R. Rideout
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This webinar allows participants to learn to identify actual/potential types of abuse and behaviours; identify the risk factors and complexities of elder abuse; develop strategies to asses and support vulnerable patient intervention responses; review safety planning; learn about the role and responsibility of reporting under Ontario’s legislation; and it highlights provincial services and resource tools to support victims of elder abuse.


  • Elder Abuse: Tools and Resources for Front Line Health Workers

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): C. Jackson, S. Cadieux, J. Miljours
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This webinar shares information about Elder Abuse Ontario, including the role of regional consultants and elder abuse/community response networks. It describes the Elder Abuse Ontario website, educational tools for seniors, and training tools for front line staff.


  • Family Court and Beyond Organizer

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): P. Cross, R. MacLean
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Family Court and Beyond Organizer consists of worksheets, tips and strategies for women subjected to abuse and involved in family court. Topics covered include: abuse behaviour checklist; safety planning templates for women and their children; checklists for leaving home and safety at court; self-care planning template; tip sheet on managing a legal bully; checklists for gathering evidence and working with lawyers; continuing record, court appearances and appointment logs; contact list template; post-separation communication do’s and don’ts; and a list of resources.


  • Family Court and Beyond Survival Workbook

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): P. Cross, R. MacLean
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Family Court and Beyond Survival Workbook contains detailed legal and safety information, strategies and worksheets for women subjected to abuse and involved in or considering family court. Topics covered include: forms of abuse, including legal bullying; self-care; safety planning, including when leaving or when in court, with technology and for children; working with a lawyer and/or court services; collecting and presenting evidence; the family court process; common family law issues for women leaving abusive relationships; and specific considerations for Indigenous women, women in rural and remote communities, and women with criminal, child protection and/or immigration legal issues.


  • Family Court and Beyond Workshops for Service Providers

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): P. Cross, R. MacLean
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Family Court and Beyond Workshops are designed for Ontario service providers wishing to integrate into their work FamilyCourtAndBeyond.ca, the Survival Workbook and/or the Organizer, a resource package created for women leaving abusive relationships and involved in family court. Each workshop consists of a slide presentation with accompanying notes. The four workshops follow the court journey: 1) Safety; 2) Before I Go to Court; 3) Going to Court; and 4) After Court is Over.


  • Femicide in Ontario

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Femicide

    In 1995 OAITH began tracking women and their children who’ve been murdered by their partner, previous partner, family members, or other men close or known them. Femicide is broadly identified as the intentional murder of women by men. Each year OAITH releases a list of names reported on by the media in Ontario to remember and bring attention to the issue of violence against women. OAITH, in partnership with Dr. Mavis Morton at University of Guelph critically examine media reports of femicide using 5 positive and negative frames to evaluate and analyze media reporting.


  • Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Status of Women Canada
    Publisher(s): Government of Canada
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    GBA+ is used to assess the varying impacts of policies, programs or initiatives on women and men and girls and boys while also taking into account factors such as age, education, language, geography, culture, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, and income. GBA+ helps all public servants incorporate gender and other aspects of diversity into their work by asking how diverse groups of women and men may be impacted by certain polices or initiatives and ensuring that measures are in place to address any inequalities. The Departmental Action Plan on Gender-Based Analysis+ outlines two main areas of action for government departments including 1) implementing a GBS+ framework and 2) routinely applying GBA+ to programs, policies and legislation. This report outlines the six important elements of a GBA+ Framework: 1) departmental statement of intent; 2) a centre of responsibility to monitor implementation of the framework and the practice of GBA+; 3) mandatory GBA+ training for all senior departmental officials, analysts and other appropriate staff; 4) guides, manuals or other appropriate tools for promoting GBA+; 5) reporting on progress in departmental reports on plans and priorities and performance reports; and 6) annual self-assessment on the implementation of frameworks and the application of GBA+ in specific initiatives. Status of Women Canada has provided an introductory course (Introduction to Gender-based Analysis Plus) that provides information, tools, and resources on GBA+.


  • How Do We Get To Safety Planning: Exploring Questions when Domestic Violence, Cognitive Impairment, and Caregiving Overlap

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): R. Vassell, R. Rideout, M. MacPherson, S. Cook
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This webinar explores and discusses dementia and elder abuse with a focus on how dementia can increase risk of abuse; how sectors approach and define risk; and how we address complexity and move forward together.


  • How To Talk About Elder Abuse: Social Media Edition

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): K. Moon, A. Neumann
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    During this interactive training, participants learn about the National Center on Elder Abuse’s Reframing Elder Abuse Project; review a new evidence-based public communication strategy on elder abuse; and review how we can apply the strategy to our own social media communication practices during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day & every day.


  • Indigenous Women, Intimate Partner Violence & Housing

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Indigenous Women, Intimate Partner Violence, and Housing “Woman is the centre of the wheel of life. She is the heartbeat of the people. She is not just in the home, but she is the community, she is the Nation.” (Art Solomon). We are honoured to release the Learning Network Newsletter Indigenous Women, Intimate Partner Violence, and Housing written by the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA). Addressing the violence and homelessness experienced by Indigenous women requires that we confront the deep-seated colonialism, racism, sexism, and poverty that continues today. Learn how ONWA focuses on the strengths of Indigenous women and girls, and their communities, to promote recovery and overall well-being.


  • Intimate Partner Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): J.Tabibi, S. Ahmad, L. Baker, D. Lalonde
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Developed in collaboration with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), this issue on Intimate Partner Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women will: Counter common misconceptions related to IPV, Examine experiences of IPV, Consider the risk factors and vulnerabilities for IPV, Highlight the barriers faced when seeking safety and accessing services and supports, Share recommendations for successful violence prevention initiatives


  • Learning Network Sexual Violence Forum: Video Resources

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    View videos of the proceedings from the Learning Network's 2018 Sexual Violence Forum: What Really Informs Consent? This one-day Forum discussed the role of marginalization, power imbalances, privilege and accompanying notions of entitlement, and the many ways in which social disparities inform “consent” and patterns of sexual violence.


  • LGBTQ2S Youth, Violence, and Homelessness

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): D. Lalonde, L. Baker, J. Tabibi
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Network newsletter: describes the violence experienced by LGBTQ2S youth and its links with homelessness, discusses the impacts of violence and homelessness for LGBTQ2S youth, shares the voices of LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness through quotes from research conducted by Dr. Alex Abramovich, shares community supports and promising practices for ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and violence. This newsletter was done in partnership with Dr. Alex Abramovich who is a Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto.


  • Literature Review: Using Technology to Better Support Survivors

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): N. Pietsch, K. Allen
    Publisher(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    In this 2018 report, the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) shares the developmental phases of their project - Using Technology to Better Support Survivors: Innovation in Frontline Settings Project. Herein they share an environmental scan of existing technologies that can offer increased access to outreach, crisis and counselling supports for survivors of sexual violence, as well as a consultative process with OCRCC’s member Sexual Assault Centres. The report focuses on three core areas: • What’s out there?: A high-level review of existing technologies that can offer increased access to outreach, crisis and counselling support • Benefits associated with the use of technology in outreach, crisis and counselling supports • Sector (agency and worker) challenges, concerns and barriers to the productive use of technology in outreach, crisis and counselling supports


  • Money, Abuse and Safety

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): T. Witelson, A. Arbour
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), METRAC
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This webinar is a discussion about money, partner abuse, and safety. The webinar provides tips for women to get control of their budget, and about what money matters to look out for that could be part of an abusive relationship. This webinar is presented by Tamar Witelson, Legal Director at METRAC and Anne Arbour, Financial Educator at the Credit Counselling Society, as part of the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) project and hosted by CLEO.


  • OAITH Pet Safety and Women: Options for women with pets leaving abusive situations

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    There has long been a connection to violence against women and violence against pets or companion animals. Women who experience gender based domestic violence are less likely to leave the violent situation if there is a pet or companion animal in the home. Reasons for this include fear for the animal’s safety; fear of harm, violence or worse perpetrated on the animal, which are often used as threats by abusers. This 2018 document written by OAITH is an information tool with multiple options that shelters may choose and consider, based always on the needs of the women they serve, their internal capacity, and resources.


  • Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres Using Technology to Better Support Survivors: Literature Review

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    In this Learning Network Brief, Nicole Pietsch, a Coordinator of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), shares findings from the project Using Technology to Better Support Survivors: Innovation in Frontline Settings. This project advances understanding of technological tools that could be used in frontline outreach, crisis and counselling settings and increases the capacity to implement these tools with confidence. This work represents an important innovation to the Sexual Assault Centre sector in Ontario communities.


  • Preventing Revictimization and Use of Aggression Following Girls’ Maltreatment

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): N. Etherington, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This summary report provides an overview of research-based and promising programs to prevent and reduce revictimization, and/or the use of relational aggression among women and girls who have experienced childhood maltreatment.


  • Preventing Revictimization and Use of Aggression Following Girls’ Maltreatment

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): N. Etherington, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This discussion paper provides an overview of research-based and promising programs to prevent and reduce revictimization, and/or the use of relational aggression among women and girls who have experienced childhood maltreatment.


  • Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: Resource Guide for Refugee Resettlement Assistance Programs in Ontario

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): A. Milani, C. Soares, B. MacQuarrie
    Publisher(s): Rexdale Women’s Centre, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This resource guide is intended for settlement worker in Refugee Assistance programs to provide information to understand the complex situations of government-assisted refugee women in Ontario when they experience intimate partner violence. Culturally competent responses, strategies and tools to support this population are provided.


  • Recognizing and Responding to the Commonly Misunderstood Reactions to Sexual Assault

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): R. Mason, J. Du Mont, S. Macdonald, S. Lanthier
    Publisher(s): Women's College Hospital (WCH)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    There continue to be many gaps in our collective understanding of the range of reactions to an experience of sexual assault. Recent media attention has highlighted general beliefs that there are ‘normal’ reactions, such as anxiety or PTSD, and that these are the ‘acceptable’ reactions. Survivors who experience other common, but misunderstood reactions, such as pretending that everything is fine, convincing oneself that ‘it could have been worse’, or maintaining a relationship with the perpetrator, can be met with disbelief and judgmental comments, potentially further traumatizing the survivor and sabotaging healing efforts. This new competency-based curriculum explores recognizing, and responding to, these commonly misunderstood reactions.


  • Rivers of Hope: A Toolkit on Islamophobic Violence by and for Muslim Women

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): S. Ahmad
    Publisher(s): S. Ahmad
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This 2018 toolkit was created by and for Muslim women survivors of Islamophobic violence. It contains research, real-life-stories, resources for survivors, and poetry by Muslim women. The Toolkit is based on a research project conducted by Sidrah Ahmad, who interviewed 21 Muslim women survivors of Islamophobic violence from across the GTA.


  • School Counsellors Tool Kit: Talking to your Students About Dating & Healthy Relationships

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Dating Violence

    This School Counsellors Tool Kit was developed by ONECA to promote healthy relationships among youth. It includes exercises, handouts, and videos.


  • School Counsellors Tool Kit: Talking to your Students about Dating and Healthy Relationships

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Native Education Counselling Association (ONECA)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Dating Violence

    This toolkit, developed by the Ontario Native Education Counselling Association, provides educators, counsellors, and student support persons with information and exercises on how to shape student attitudes and behaviours regarding dating and healthy relationships.


  • Sexual Abuse of Older Adults: Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): C. Jackson, R. Rideout
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This webinar allows participants to become aware of the various forms of elder abuse; obtain an enhanced understanding of sexual abuse of older adults; to become aware of how to recognize the indicators, and risk factors of sexual abuse; to appreciate the barriers older adults encounter regarding disclosure; to understand the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with survivors; learn practical strategies and assessment tools for service providers who work with older adults; and to gain better understanding of the legislation related to sexual abuse and available provincial resources to support older adults.


  • Unlearning Islamophobia in anti-Violence Against Women Work

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): S. Ahmad
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This learning brief looks at Islamphobia and gendered Islamphobia in anti-Violence Against Women Work in Canada. Three examples of projects that are best practices for Muslim-led anti-VAW projects are provided.


  • What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: The Importance of Family Violence Screening Tools for Family Law Practitioners

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): P. Cross, Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children, M. Morton, S. Crann, K. Mazzuocco
    Publisher(s): Department of Justice, Canada
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Family law lawyers are often the first point of contact for those entering the family justice system. They need to be aware of any abuse history as early as possible so that decisions made reflect the best interests of the children, the legal rights of the parties and the safety of abuse survivors. This report reviews of more than 80 screening tools used by professionals in a number of fields and jurisdictions, in Canada and beyond. It makes ten recommendations and includes a screening tool template which legal practitioners might find helpful as they consider implementing screening.


  • Women with Disabilities & Housing

    Year: 2018
    Author(s): D. Rajan
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Network Brief on Women with Disabilities and Housing is commissioned by DAWN-RAFH Canada and written by Doris Rajan. It explores how systemic oppression and violence, such as violence that is the result of ableism or patriarchy, creates barriers to accessing services and finding accessible housing. It also provides strategies for change and housing design ideas from Indigenous, racialized, refugee women and women with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities.


  • #WhichWouldYouChoose Cards For Your Community

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Publisher(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    A series of cards where the front of each card asks “Which would you choose?” and shows two situations: one abusive, one healthy. Each card in the set illustrates a different form of abuse: physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial, psychological, and stalking. When you open the card, there is more information the specific form of abuse shown on the front of the card, as well as warning signs of abuse to look out for. On the back of the card, there is a list of resources in Ontario that can help women living with abuse. Cards are available in: English, Arabic, Tamil, Spanish, Somali, Urdu, Dari, and Pashtu.


  • A Dialogue Approach to Ending Violence Against Muslim Women in Montreal

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Amal Center for Women
    Publisher(s): Amal Center for Women
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The objective of this 2017 toolkit is to equip the Imams, who are leaders of the Mosques in Montreal, on how to address cases of conjugal violence in their communities, while leveraging the resources that exist in the Montreal social services network.


  • A Guidebook for LGBTQ2S+ and Intimate Partner Violence Service Providers in Canada

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): S. Fournier
    Publisher(s): The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This 2017 guidebook should be used as a training and information tool for service providers within the LGBTQ2S+ community. It is important that service providers have an understanding of the implications of intimate partner violence in order to then transfer the appropriate information to victims. This guidebook covers the definitions of IPV, how to recognize instances of IPV, victims’ rights in Canada, what to expect should the victim choose to report to police, and the consequences of IPV.


  • ANANGOSH Legal Information Manual for Shelter Workers

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): C. McKay
    Publisher(s): National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This manual is designed to help Indigenous women and service providers address key aspects of violence, as well as understand Indigenous women’s legal rights on matters related to leaving a violent relationship. It discusses legal tools for women’s safety, and provides information about relevant legal protections. The manual begins with an explanation of the rights-based framework to addressing violence against Indigenous women, and of the historical and social context that impacts Indigenous women in Canada.


  • Drawing the Line on Sexual Violence: E-Learning Modules for Elementary and Secondary School Educators

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): V. Church-Duplessis, H. Gardner, S. Lambert, K. Makan, R. Robinson, S. Evans, H. Hulays, C. Mancini, T. Marshall, L. Simmons
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    To support educators’ implementation of the Draw-the-Line initiative in elementary and secondary schools, White Ribbon has developed a series of e-learning modules. These modules will help users develop a number of skills and resources such as: an understanding of basic issues relating to gender-based and sexual violence; the capacity to unpack these topics with students productively and supportively, in an age-appropriate way; and a facility with empowering male-identified students to be allies in violence prevention.


  • Exploring the Intersections: Immigrant and refugee women fleeing violence and experiencing homelessness in Canada

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): L. Baker, J. Tabibi
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This report captures key themes that emerged from discussions in March 2017 with academic, government, and community leaders to explore the intersections between immigrant and refugee issues, women fleeing intimate partner violence, homelessness, health/mental health and disability issues, and trauma. Included in the report is a literature review on these areas of focus and their intersections, and barriers to fleeing violent relationships, to accessing supports and services, and to obtaining safe, secure and affordable housing for immigrant and refugee women. Promising approaches to address gaps in knowledge, policy, and service delivery, and considerations for moving forward are also highlighted in the paper.


  • Femicide of Older Women

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): M. Dawson, D. Sutton
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Brief examines femicide of women who are older. Dr. Myrna Dawson and Danielle Sutton at the University of Guelph examined the killing of 452 older women (55 yrs. & older) in Ontario over a 38-year period (1974 to 2012). The data were collected from a number of official and unofficial sources including death records kept by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, Crown Attorney files, court documents, and media coverage.


  • Femicide of Women Who Are Older

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): L. Baker, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    1 in 5 women murdered in Ontario from 1974 to 2012 was 55 years or older. This newsletter, written in partnership with Elder Abuse Ontario and the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence, features highlights from Danielle Sutton and Myrna Dawson’s important research findings (available in Learning Network Brief 31), examining the killing of 452 older women (55 yrs. & older) in Ontario over a 38-year period (1974 to 2012). We have included commentary on select research findings, offer considerations for working with women who are older, and resources.


  • Gender Diversity in the VAW Sector: Identifying Barriers and Recommendations for Consideration

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Kubow, J. Tabibi
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This discussion paper is informed by the Learning Network Knowledge Exchange on gender diversity in the violence against women sector (VAW) held in Toronto, Ontario in November 2016. It includes key themes which emerged from the panel presentations and discussions by participants including barriers to gender diversity in the VAW sector and recommendations for consideration.


  • Group Counselling: Intersectional Approaches to Group Counselling for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Springtide Resources
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This online course offering is a self-paced E-learning resource for staff and volunteers who facilitate groups for survivors of gender-based violence. By course completion, counsellors and facilitators will: have a stronger grounding in theoretical frameworks helpful to survivors of gender-based violence; understand how to integrate theory; receive practical tools and activities; apply strategies to deal with conflicts; apply strategies to strengthen group structures and processes for diverse survivors of violence; and explore their role in the group through critical self-reflection questions. The course length is 6-8 hours with 3 months of access for completion.


  • Healthy Relationships & Dating Violence: Everything you Need to Know

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Yellow Brick House
    Publisher(s): Yellow Brick House
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Dating Violence

    This resource, by the Yellow brick house, is intended to help youth understand what a healthy relationship is and what dating violence or abuse could look like. Topics in this booklet include what abuse looks like; what to do if you’re being abused; stories from youth; what a healthy relationship is; what to do if you know someone who is being abused; as well as facts and statistics.


  • Je t’écoute - “I’m Listening”

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): COPA
    Publisher(s): FEO, COPA
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    A French-language pamphlet designed for educators, which provides strategies for communicating with and supporting a student who discloses a sexual assault (or other forms of assault). The pamphlet was conceived as part of a workshop entitled “Communiqu’Action!”. You can find more information about the pamphlet and the workshop here: https://www.bienetrealecole.ca/ressources/ressource-je-tecoute


  • Legal Service Delivery Toolkit

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Designed for women’s organizations in Ontario, the Legal Service Delivery Toolkit is based on the Luke’s Place family law services offered in Durham Region to women subjected to abuse. The Toolkit consists of: slides, facilitator notes, handouts and evaluation templates for Early Information Sessions on Family Law, Family Law Information Workshops, and Family Law Networking Group; recruiting and training process, job descriptions, procedures, forms and waivers for the Luke’s Place volunteer accompaniment program and pro bono legal clinic; and the Luke’s Place policies and procedures.


  • Links between the maltreatment of girls & later victimization or use of violence

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Child Maltreatment

    Approximately one third of Canadian women will first experience abuse in childhood. Many of these women will continue to experience violence across the life course; some will use violence in subsequent peer, intimate, or family relationships. Multiple experiences of violence can result in negative health outcomes that accumulate over time. Exploring how trajectories of violence may unfold for women and girls is critical to improving prevention efforts. This newsletter provides an overview of the literature linking early experiences of violence to later use or revictimization. We invite you to read our full report from which this newsletter is drawn here.


  • Links between the Maltreatment of Girls and Later Victimization or Use of Violence

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    Approximately one third of Canadian women will first experience abuse in childhood. Many of these women will continue to experience violence across the life course; some will use violence in subsequent peer, intimate, or family relationships. This discussion paper provides an overview of the literature on the connection between early and later victimization or use of violence and highlights the implications for health and well-being. Both theoretical explanations and empirical evidence are reviewed. Limitations of the current research are discussed, including the importance of viewing these life course associations within the broader social context. The report concludes with future directions offered to improve our understanding of - and response to - the violence experienced by women and girls.


  • Moving from Fear to Action Webinar Series

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Publisher(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This webinar series is for service providers in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector. It focuses on addressing myths about domestic violence. There are four parts to the series: (1) Rethinking Domestic Violence, (2) What to Look Out For, (3) Breaking Down Barriers, and (4) Handling a Client's Disclosure of Domestic Violence.


  • Neighbours, Friends and Families: Everyone Has a Role to Play in Preventing Woman Abuse in Our Community - A Video for Instructors of English Language Classes

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): COSTI Immigrant Services, Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Publisher(s): COSTI Immigrant Services, Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF) is a public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that people who are close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help them change their situation for the better. COSTI is participating in the NFF campaign by raising awareness about woman abuse among English Language Instructors and students studying English as a Second Language. As part of the project, COSTI has developed an animated video on the themes of (1) Recognizing indicators of violence, (2) Responding to the woman at risk, (3) Referring the woman for help. This lesson plan has activities corresponding to the video for use in classes with students of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5+.


  • Outside of the Shadows: A Project on Criminal Harassment in Canada

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): J. Lalonde, Ambivalently Yours
    Publisher(s): J. Lalonde
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Stalking

    For this 2017 video, Julie S. Lalonde partnered with artist Ambivalently Yours to create resources for victims/survivors of stalking and their allies.


  • Safety Planning for Older Adults: Keeping Safe in Unhealthy Relationships

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO), METRAC
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This 2017 toolkit was designed for agencies supporting older victims who are vulnerable, at-risk or experiencing abuse. Whether the individual is an older woman or man, the Safety Planning Toolkit provides important information about family and partner violence. It also provides suggestions and strategies to help protect older adults in situations of risk or danger and how to maintain their safety and security. The Toolkit uses an approach to answer common questions many older adults ask such as, is my relationship unhealthy? What can I do? Who can help me?


  • Sibling Abuse as a Family Issue

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): A. Meyers
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Child Maltreatment

    This learning brief explores family factors associated with sibling abuse, including the role of children as caregivers, favoritism, poor parental modeling and external stressors, and collusion.


  • Sibling Violence

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): L. Baker, D. Lalonde, J. Tabibi
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Child Maltreatment

    Sibling violence is a common form of family violence, yet it is not often recognized as a form of abuse, even by the child being harmed. This newsletter will describe the different types of sibling violence; identify signs that it may be occurring; present factors that increase the risk of sibling violence; and describe its impacts on children, youth, and adults. Helpful tips for parents and caregivers are provided to help them prevent and respond to sibling violence.


  • Supporting Older Adults to Create A Safety Plan

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): R. Vassell, R. Rideout, T. Witelson
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This webinar allows understand: the practicality and suitability of the safety planning tool and how it can be useful when working with older adults; the potential increased risk factors for older adults and barriers to accessing supports; obligations with mandatory reporting; and provincial resources that can assist with aiding an older adult to create a safety plan.


  • Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly: Applying Resilience Concepts to Practice with Children and Youth Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): R. Alaggia, M. Donohue
    Publisher(s): Smith College Studies in Social Work
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    Little has been written on how resilience can be fostered with exposed children who are negatively affected. In this 2017 paper, the authors offer a working definition of resilience, discuss related concepts, and summarize the resilience research regarding IPV-exposed children. As well, two case examples are presented for ways to foster resilience with IPV-exposed children. Suggestions are made for a resilience-informed approach with this population, and it is demonstrated how social workers can use this to reinforce a strengths-based framework.


  • Teacher Guide: Dress Purple Day Classroom Resources

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society
    Publisher(s): Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Child Maltreatment

    This 2017 guide includes classroom resources is to assist teachers to talk about child abuse and neglect in an age appropriate manner and to help raise awareness among children about how to ask for help from adults in the community.


  • Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), Le mouvement Ontarien des Femmes Immigrantes Francophones
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2017 graphic novel is meant to provide education and training to community members and service providers on sexual violence. The graphic novel was created through a series of creative writing workshops with immigrant and refugee women who came together to learn, share and compile the stories in this novel. It speaks to one aspect of newcomer women’s experience, that of community support and engagement in situations of violence.


  • The Intersectional Oppressions of South Asian Immigrant Women and Vulnerability in Relation to Domestic Violence: A Case Study

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): F. Chaze, A. Medhekar
    Publisher(s): Ontario Bar Association
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This article examines various factors that contribute to the multiple forms of oppression experienced by South Asian immigrant women in Canada. Informed by an intersectional perspective, it also focuses on the vulnerability of newcomer immigrant women when experiencing situations of domestic violence. This article is divided into four sections: literature review, case study, factors that intersect to increase vulnerabilities, and recommendations for social work practice and for policy.


  • The relationships between harsh physical punishment and child maltreatment in childhood and intimate partner violence in adulthood

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): T. Afifi, N. Mota, J. Sareen, H.L. MacMillan
    Publisher(s): BMC Public Health
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Child Maltreatment

    The objective of this 2017 current study was to examine if harsh physical punishment is associated with an increased likelihood of more severe childhood maltreatment in childhood and perpetration or victimization of IPV in adulthood. It found that harsh physical punishment was associated with increased odds of childhood maltreatment, including emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, and exposure to IPV after adjusting for socio-demographic factors, family history of dysfunction, and other child maltreatment types. Harsh physical punishment was also related to increased odds of experiencing IPV in adulthood.


  • Voices of Our Sisters Poems on experiences of violence and homelessness

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): B. Doxtator, M. Traynor, B.J. Bilyea, C. Bolton
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    A collection of poems inspired by experiences of homelessness and violence. The poets also offer eight actions that each of us can take to support our sisters.


  • Was I Drugged and Sexually Assaulted?

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
    Publisher(s): Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This information sheet was developed by the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres to help inform suspected victims/survivors of drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) on how to recognize the signs of DFSA; drugs used in DFSAs; where to get help; and services available.


  • What do women survivors of partner abuse think about mandatory charging?

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): D.E. Conners, H. Johnson
    Publisher(s): University of Ottawa Press
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This 2017 literature review shows uneven support for mandatory policies among survivors of domestic violence. While many women endorse mandatory policies, negative impacts are felt more acutely by specific populations of women and some are less likely to contact police in light of previous experiences with the criminal justice system.


  • Women, Intimate Partner Violence, & Homelessness

    Year: 2017
    Author(s): D. Lalonde, L. Baker, J. Tabibi
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This issue-based newsletter uses visuals, research, and lived experience to explain the main links between homelessness and violence; identify barriers to safe, secure, accessible, and affordable housing; highlight the resilience of women; and feature promising practices and resources. The goal—to increase awareness of the broader systemic and intersectional oppressions that create barriers to women’s safety and security. Time to change the narrative around women fleeing violence and experiencing homelessness!


  • A National Vision for Consent Culture in Post-Secondary Education

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)
    Publisher(s): Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2016 report released by the Canadian Federation of Students includes recommendations for proactive consent education, developing institutional sexual assault polices, and establishing campus support services. It was informed by the national Consent Culture Forum to develop strategy to combat sexual and gender-based violence and rape culture on campus, held in March 2015.


  • Best Practices Manual for Lawyers with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): P. Cross
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The purpose of the Manual is to support family law lawyers as they work with clients who have been subjected to violence and to assist lawyers in following relevant requirements with respect to ethics and professionalism. The Manual provides: an introduction to violence against women; strategies on intake, screening, risk assessment, safety planning and gathering evidence of abuse; an exploration of litigation versus alternative dispute resolution; information on relevant family law and intersecting legal issues; strategies for managing legal bullying; and information on self-care and referrals. The Manual is provided with access to the e-learning, Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships.


  • Boys' Victimization & Adult IPV Perpetration

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    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.


  • Campus Safety: Considerations and Promising Practices

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): G. Ross-Marquette
    Publisher(s): METRAC
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This brief, by METRAC, was the written submission to the Status of Women Committee’s study on Violence Against Young Women and Girls in Canada. Drawing upon METRAC’s expertise, this submission focuses on rape culture and poverty on Canadian campuses, and proposes effective strategies to address violence against young women and girls.


  • Canadian Armed Forces: Progress Report Addressing Inappropriate Sexual Behaviour

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): Chief of Military Personnel
    Publisher(s): Canadian Armed Forces
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2016 report considers progress made by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in addressing harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour on a recurring basis. This initial report covers the period of June-December 2015, and reviews CAF initiatives and changes taken in response to the External Review Authority’s recommendations, as well as actions and outcomes generated by Operation HONOUR. This report also identifies challenges to positive change and outlines next steps.


  • Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): P. Cross, P. Wansbrough
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Family law cases involving violence against women are complicated, time consuming, stressful, challenging and can be dangerous for both the client and her lawyer. Yet effective lawyering is essential to ensure a positive outcome that allows the client and her children to move on to lives free from violence. To support lawyers’ work in this area, Luke’s Place offers an online training, “Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships”. Designed for family law lawyers in Ontario, this 3-hour course is CPD accredited for 1 hour 20 minutes Professionalism Hours and up to 1 hour 10 minutes Substantive Hours.


  • Exploring the Intersections of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence: A Discussion Paper Informed by the February 2016 Knowledge Exchange

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This discussion paper is informed by the Learning Network, OAITH, and OCRCC Knowledge Exchange on intimate partner sexual violence (IPSV) held in Toronto, Ontario in February 2016. It includes key themes which emerged from the research presentations and discussions by participants (including submitted discussion sheets), as well as results and comments from the event’s evaluation survey. IPSV resources are also included.


  • Family Well-Being Program

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Government
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    Ontario is working with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous partners to implement the new Family Well-Being program. The program supports Indigenous families and helps communities start to heal from the impacts of intergenerational violence and trauma by providing workers to address frontline needs, supporting community-based programming and offering communities opportunities to design safe spaces where programs and services can be sought and received without stigma.


  • Gender-Based Violence Training Programs: Online, Face-to-Face and Blended Formats

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    With an increasing need for training curriculums on gender-based violence (GBV), it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with available educational options in order to determine which may best suit an organization’s or individuals’ needs or purpose.


  • Going the Distance: Supporting Rural and Remote Survivors with Family Law Issues

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): P. Cross, P. Wansbrough
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This resource is divided into two sections, 1) Understanding the Rural and Remote Experience and 2) Strategies for Supporting Rural and Remote Women. The first section is designed for workers and decision-makers who are unfamiliar with the challenges and experiences that come with rural and remote living. It may also affirm the experiences of workers and women living in small communities. The second section helps us all think of ways to support violence survivors in these areas.


  • Huddle Up and Make the Call: Gender-based Violence Program

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): White Ribbon, Toronto Argonauts, Status of Women Canada
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    Huddle Up and Make the Call is a student-led program developed by White Ribbon, the Toronto Argonauts, and Status of Women Canada. Students in secondary schools across the Greater Toronto Area are encouraged to engage their peers and communities in ending all forms of violence against women. The program consists of selecting a committee from members of the student body who will lead the conversation; providing an assembly or the kickoff event for the program; continuing the conversation through a variety of post-assembly events; a year-end symposium where all committees from all schools engaged in the Huddle Up and Make The Call program meet to learn from each other, share successes, showcase their initiatives, and plan for the future; and community opportunities where committees connect with community members and organizations to share their initiatives and successes. The program also includes athlete testimonials to address gender-based violence.


  • Information Guide for Victims of Sexual Assault

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): Toronto Police Service
    Publisher(s): Toronto Police Service
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This guide was developed by the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Unit to provide victims/survivors of sexual assault information about the criminal justice response to sexual offences and where help is available. Topics include: sexual violence and the law; the Criminal Code sexual assault offences; what to do if you or someone you know is sexually assaulted; what to expect during a police investigation, medical examination, court proceedings, and after trial; financial compensation; glossary of terms; and important contacts/resources.


  • Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic 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.


  • OAITH Foundations of Violence Against Women (VAW) Online Training Program Evaluation

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses (OAITH) developed an online training course for individuals working or planning to work in the violence against women (VAW) sector, entitled the Foundations of VAW Online Training Course. OAITH requested an external evaluation of the Foundations course to be carried out by the Learning Network. The evaluation contained in this report includes both quantitative and qualitative assessments of participants’ perceived and actual learning from the Foundations course across two groups of participants. Results point to the value of the course in its positive impact on a variety of participant outcomes (e.g. knowledge, attitudes), mapping on to key core competencies for domestic violence training. This is one of the first evaluations to assess an online training course using the core competencies, which represent key aspects of VAW work identified by VAW stakeholders and domestic violence training developers and deliverers.


  • Supporting Older Women in Interval and Transitional Homes

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): M. Ham, A. Wardell
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO), Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This webinar provides an overview of OAITH, issues pertaining to the abuse of older women and how shelter services assist women in their communities. Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services are highlighted to illustrate an example of one shelter & transitional service in Ontario and how their services can support an older woman’s journey through the shelter system and beyond. The presentation also discussed risk assessment, safety planning, and screening for elder abuse.


  • The Link between Boys' Victimization & Adult Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence: Opportunities for Prevention across the Life Course

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, pressing, and preventable public health issue that, while not gender-specific, is overwhelmingly perpetrated against women by men. One risk factor for men’s IPV perpetration is the experience of maltreatment in childhood; that is, neglect, abuse, or exposure to IPV. While it is important to recognize the wide range of factors involved in IPV perpetration, this discussion paper draws attention to the ways in which IPV prevention can be enhanced through identifying men at risk of becoming perpetrators at earlier points in their lives and mitigating the impact of experiences of violence through age-specific intervention programs. Specifically, the aim of this paper is to identify pathways from childhood maltreatment to IPV perpetration in order to highlight these two forms of violence as intricately linked public health issues with implications for prevention across the life course. The report consists of three parts. Part 1 provides theoretical explanations for the connection between victimization as a boy and IPV perpetration as an adult, and reviews the evidence supporting this link. Part 2 outline primary, secondary, and tertiary modes of prevention, with specific discussion of evidence-based and promising prevention programs for boys and men by life stage. Part 3 provides considerations and future directions for health and its community partners.


  • The Link between Boys’ Victimization & Adult Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence: Opportunities for Prevention across the Life Course

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, pressing, and preventable public health issue that, while not gender-specific, is overwhelmingly perpetrated against women by men. One risk factor for men’s IPV perpetration is the experience of maltreatment in childhood; that is, neglect, abuse, or exposure to IPV. While it is important to recognize the wide range of factors involved in IPV perpetration, this discussion paper draws attention to the ways in which IPV prevention can be enhanced through identifying men at risk of becoming perpetrators at earlier points in their lives and mitigating the impact of experiences of violence through age-specific intervention programs. Specifically, the aim of this paper is to identify pathways from childhood maltreatment to IPV perpetration in order to highlight these two forms of violence as intricately linked public health issues with implications for prevention across the life course. The report consists of three parts. Part 1 provides theoretical explanations for the connection between victimization as a boy and IPV perpetration as an adult, and reviews the evidence supporting this link. Part 2 outline primary, secondary, and tertiary modes of prevention, with specific discussion of evidence-based and promising prevention programs for boys and men by life stage. Part 3 provides considerations and future directions for health and its community partners.


  • The Ontario Criminal Injuries Compensation Board: An Option for Survivors of Violence

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): T. Witelson, C. Mazgarean
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), METRAC
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    For women survivors of sexual violence, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) can be a legal option, with or without going to the police, or going through a criminal trial. Learn about what the CICB does and how the process works in this webinar in the Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) series. METRAC’s Legal Director, Tamar Witelson, is joined by lawyer Cornelia Mazgarean, from the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP).


  • Towards a Conceptual Framework: Trauma, Family Violence and Health

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, A. Straatman, N. Etherington, B. O’Neil, C. Heron, K. Sapardanis
    Publisher(s): Learning Network, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Child Maltreatment

    The authors review the health outcomes of trauma within the context of IPV and child maltreatment. Three theoretical models and their relevance to trauma-informed health promotion for survivors are presented. Incorporating the model of SAMHSA, a trauma-informed health framework is described that provides the foundation for developing values, principles and competencies for trauma-informed and developmentally sensitive health promotion.


  • Trans Inclusion Pocket Guide: Centring Trans Women in Our Work

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI)
    Publisher(s): Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This 2017 pocket guide by Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) is the result of months of intensive thought, consultations and research, and it includes the lived experience of trans women living in Ontario. It is a response to the definitive requests by WHAI workers for a resource to support the critical work of trans inclusivity. The guide is meant to start ongoing conversation to challenge assumptions, biases and systemic discrimination faced by many marginalized communities.


  • Violence Against Women Who Are Older

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): L. Baker, B. O’Neil, M. Kubow, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    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.


  • When Shared Parenting and the Safety of Women and Children Collide

    Year: 2016
    Author(s): P. Cross
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This paper explores why shared parenting decisions are made and suggests new approaches and best practices for high risk violence cases before the courts. Shared parenting and joint custody are common outcomes in family law cases, even when there is a history of woman abuse. Such post-separation arrangements for children mean that an abusive partner can continue his manipulation of and violence against the woman and that the impact of exposure to abuse continues for the children.


  • Abuse of Older Women Webinar

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): B. MacQuarrie, M. MacPherson
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    Barbara MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children and Margaret MacPherson, Research Associate, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, hosted this webinar on January 22nd, 2015. They discussed the nature of abuse experienced by older women, barrier to reporting or seeking assistance, consequences of abuse to older women, the It's Not Right! Campaign. Access the webinar recording, presentation slides, document to be reviewed, and videos used during the presentation.


  • Addressing Past Sexual Assault in Clinical Settings

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): R. Mason, J. Du Mont, S. Macdonald
    Publisher(s): Women's College Hospital (WCH)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This new competency-based e-learning curriculum is funded by the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Women’s Directorate. This free interactive online course can teach you about the long-term physical, the psychological and social impacts of sexual assault, how to create an environment that supports disclosure, how to appropriately respond to a woman who been sexually assaulted in the past, and why it is important to foster an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach within your practice setting. This resource is applicable to all health care practitioners and their allies -- everyone from physiotherapists to nurses to medical technologists.


  • A Focused Response to Prevent and End LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): A. Abramovich
    Publisher(s): Government of Alberta
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This 2015 report provides six key recommendations to the Government of Alberta that were developed over the course of ten months with the support of the Provincial LGBTQ2S Working Group, whom were engaged every step of the way. The core recommendations develop a standardized model of care, which will: (a) help meet the needs of LGBTQ2S youth at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Alberta; and (b) ensure that this population of young people are served more appropriately across the province.


  • A Framework for Ending Women's And Girls’ Homelessness

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): S. Yeo, C. Ratnam, E. Paradis, A. Oudshoorn, B. Nessa, J. Mosher, S. Macphail, S. Greene, S. Gaetz, C. Forchuk, C. Casimir, K. Buccieri, M. Bonnycastle, H. Berman, J. Arsenault, A. Amponash, K. Aguila
    Publisher(s): Homeless Hub
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This 2015 framework is to provide municipalities across Canada a tool that they can adapt to their local setting to end homelessness for women and girls.


  • Barriers to Reporting Sexual Harassment

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This Brief discusses some of the barriers that make reporting sexual harassment difficult and for some, lead to more complex consequences.


  • Beyond Housing First: A Holistic Response to Family Homelessness in Canada

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): A. Noble
    Publisher(s): Raising the Roof
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This 2015 report, part of Raising the Roof’s national Child and Family Homelessness Initiative, speaks to Housing First as a means of early intervention for families experiencing homelessness. While Housing First has been identified as a successful and effective approach in assisting those currently experiencing homelessness, this report aims to hold a parallel discussion of what it would mean to genuinely prevent homelessness from occurring, and how we can ensure that the systems and structures are put in place so that workers are better able to assist Housing First participants.


  • Breaking Free, Breaking Through

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA), Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA), Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Breaking Free, Breaking Through research report, designed by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA), examines violence and the lived experiences and circumstances of Indigenous women’s lives through Indigenous art therapy methodologies. The research identifies factors in place that lead Indigenous women to “break free” from violence, highlighting their spirit of resilience, roles of Indigenous womanhood, and creating and accessing trauma-informed and culturally grounded spaces.


  • Communities Working Together to End Violence Against Women

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF)
    Publisher(s): Neighbours, Friends and Families (NFF)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This online training webinar from the Neighbours, Friends, and Families project offers an introductory understanding of woman abuse and teaches participants the basics of how to recognize warning signs and signs of high risk, how to talk to someone you think might be experiencing domestic violence and how to make an appropriate referral. The self-directed webinar takes 1.5 hours to complete.


  • Cyber Misogyny

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    This Learning Brief examines cyber misogyny, or the various forms of gendered hatred, harassment, and abusive behaviour targeted at women and girls via the Internet. Manifestations and consequences of cyber misogyny are provided along with a discussion of the new opportunities to engage in harassment and abuse presented by the Internet and Canadian legal responses.


  • Engaging men in gender-based violence prevention: Review paper synopsis

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    This Learning Brief offers a brief synopsis of a review conducted by the White Ribbon Campaign to assess the evaluation practices of prevention initiatives focusing on engaging men to end gender-based violence. Theoretical frameworks and challenges to evaluation are identified.


  • Femicide

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Pietsch, A. Straatman, A. Ansems, M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    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. 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.


  • Forms of Femicide

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): N. Etherington, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Brief defines femicide and its various manifestations, including: intimate femicide, non-intimate femicide, murder of women and girls in the same of "honor", murder of women and girls because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, murder of Aboriginal women and girls because of their gender, female infanticide and gender-based sex-selective foeticide, genital mutilation related femicide, dowry-related femicide, organized crime related femicide, and the targeted killing of women in armed conflict.


  • Hear IT! Stop It! Education Toolkit

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): 519 Church Street Community Centre
    Publisher(s): 519 Church Street Community Centre
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    The Hear It! Stop It! Campaign was developed by the 519 Church Street Community Centre. The purpose of the campaign is to create space for change as part of our drive to challenge homophobic and transphobic language and foster LGBTQ inclusive environments. The campaign provides organizations, LGBTQ community members and their allies with resources to make workplaces, services and community environments welcoming, safe and inclusive. A major component of the campaign is bystanders speaking up against homophobic or transphobic language and environments. The toolkit includes posters and pledge cards in both English and French.


  • Intersectionality

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    The Learning Network’s provincial Resource Group identified the need for a newsletter on intersectionality. Informed by discussions with key stakeholders so as to make this important and complex framework easier to understand. This newsletter defines the core components of an intersectional approach and presents ideas and resources to enhance efforts to bring intersectionality into practice, education, policy/program design, evaluation, and research.


  • Intimate Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This issue explores 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).


  • Is it Harassment? A Tool to Guide Employees

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
    Publisher(s): Government of Canada
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat developed this tool to guide employees around their understanding of workplace harassment. The tool helps employees analyze a situation to determine if it is considered workplace harassment. Topics include: a definition of harassment; defining where workplace harassment can occur; identifying what criteria must be met to establish whether there was harassment; the time limit to file a complaint; examples of what constitutes workplace harassment; examples of what does not constitute workplace harassment; questions to ask yourself to help frame the situation; defining a poisoned work environment; and steps to take if you believe you have been harassed.


  • It Starts With You: It Stays With Him/ Ça commence avec toi: Ça reste avec lui

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): White Ribbon, Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    The goal of this online social media campaign is to inspire men to promote healthy relationships and gender equality with the boys in their lives. The campaign is aimed at fathers, educators, coaches and leaders, and family members. Online resources such as a quiz to learn about what can be done to end violence against women; videos of lessons learned from role models in the community; nine stories from men about their personal perspectives of relationships with women in their lives; and a demo e-learning module that describes tools that help educate and engage men and boys. This campaign was developed by the White Ribbon Canada and Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions and was funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.


  • Sexual Femicide

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This Learning Brief defines and discusses examples of sexual femicide, including sexual femicide that takes place in armed conflict, that is committed by strangers, and that occurs in the context of hate crime or domestic violence. Sexual violence myths are discussed and dispelled, and recommendations for addressing the root causes of sexual femicide are provided.


  • Sexual Harassment and Public Space

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This Brief explores how patterns of sexual harassment often reflect the cultural norms connected with the spaces or environments (school, work, public spaces) in which it occurs. The analysis provides examples of how sexual harassment can work to define or re-assert gender, race, age or class hierarchies within spaces in harmful ways.


  • Training Social Work Students in Domestic/Sexual Violence Work: Key findings from the literature

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Several research studies have been conducted recently evaluating students' preparedness for working with victims and survivors of domestic violence, particularly in the field of social work. Some key findings from these studies are summarized. This review includes publications from 2009 to 2015. There were no Canadian studies identified for inclusion in this review.


  • Transgendered People in Ontario, Canada: Statistics from the Trans PULSE Project to Inform Human Rights Policy

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): G. Bauer, A. Scheim
    Publisher(s): Trans PULSE
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    The purpose of this report is to summarize key research results from the Trans PULSE Project that may be useful in discussions, debates or policy creation related to human rights in multiple jurisdictions. As Trans PULSE results have been used by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and are heavily cited in the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s 2014 policy on gender identity and discrimination, [the authors] sought to create a summary of research findings that have been of greatest interest with regard to human rights issues.


  • Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada

    Year: 2015
    Author(s): S. Elford, S. Giannitsopoulou, F. Khan, F. Abbas
    Publisher(s): Femifesto
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2015 guide includes information on sexual violence, resources for journalists (e.g. Checklist when Reporting on Sexual Assault, and Tipsheet: 10 Essential Tips on Interviewing Survivors of Sexual Assault), infographics and statistics on sexual violence—all informed by survivors, journalists, anti gender-based violence advocates, lawyers and community members from across Canada. This guide is a valuable tool and resource for journalists, media makers, community organizers, educators, and others who want to think, talk, and write about how we can shift from rape culture to consent culture in Canada. This guide is informed by an intersectional approach to sexual violence, which recognizes that survivors are impacted differently based on varied and interlocking experiences of oppression and their social location. How people experience, heal from, and address sexual violence is shaped by the multitude of social locations e.g. class, sexuality, citizenship status and gender expression.


  • Allostasis and Allostatic Load: Woman Abuse and Chronic Illness

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker, J. Tiller
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Brief describes the role that stress can play on long-term health, otherwise known as allostasis. Allostasis is the adaptive response to stressful situations. Stress hormones are released in our body to help us cope – a reaction typically referred to as the fight-or-flight response. The inability to minimize or stop this bodily response to stress is referred to as allostatic load and can cause severe long-term health consequences. A detailed description of allostasis and allostatic load are provided in the context of woman abuse.


  • Basic Steps for Developing a VAW Social Marketing Campaign

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): M. Campbell, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Network Brief details steps to developing and implementing a social marketing campaign. The steps are based on the work of Lee & Kotler (2008; 2011) and Castelino, Colla, & Boulet (2013).


  • Be Aware, Prepare, Educate

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Springtide Resources
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    Springtide Resources developed this online training for elementary school teachers in Ontario to explore the impact of children’s exposure to woman abuse, educators’ legal obligations to students who are exposed to woman abuse, and how educators can make a difference in the lives of such students. The 6 online modules are self-directed and take approximately 5 hours to complete in total.


  • Beyond the Fence: Cattle in Transit

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): A. Abbaro, L. Paras
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    A recent study has revealed that more and more young girls view harassment as 'normal' and part of everyday life. 'Beyond The Fence' is Springtide Resources’ newest visual campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and violence against women and children. The campaign aims to help youth 13-29 identify the different forms of sexual harassment in everyday scenarios – from public transit to online spaces. The first installment - Beyond The Fence: Cattle in Transit, explores some of the ways in which street harassment occurs. The image is designed to be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.


  • Campus Safety Audits Services

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): METRAC, Council of Ontario Universities
    Publisher(s): METRAC
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    In 1989, the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), in partnership with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), developed a guide for conducting campus safety audits. The goal is to audit all levels of campus life (e.g., physical environment, policies, resources, services, social dynamics) by conducting a gender-aware, anti-oppressive and intersectional analysis. The audit includes input from members of the campus community, including perspectives of those who may feel more vulnerable to violence (e.g., women, visible minorities, people with disabilities and deaf issues). Audit findings inform recommendations for responding to and preventing multiple forms of violence.


  • Child Support: Dealing with a Difficult Ex-partner

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): T. Witelson, C. Levitan
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This self-directed webinar by Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) & METRAC reviews the basics about child support and explores common challenges and tips when dealing with a difficult or abusive ex-partner. It is about 1.5 hours long and presented by a family law lawyer.


  • Doing the Work: Surfacing the Social Context of Sexual Violence in Therapeutic Settings

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This Learning Network Brief addresses the challenge of integrating a systemic understanding of sexual violence in counselling/therapy with women. The Brief includes statistics on this gendered crime and discusses what it means to define the social context of sexual violence and how a counsellor or therapist can talk about this social context with survivors within a counselling setting. Nicole Pietsch, the author, is the Coordinator for the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres.


  • Domestic Violence Training for Physicians: Current promising practices

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Network brief offers a synopsis of findings reported in a recent review of randomized control trials that evaluated domestic violence training programs for physicians. Implications for future professional development for physicians on domestic violence are offered.


  • Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This Learning Brief defines and describes Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA). Specifically, the brief highlights the two types of DFSA (i.e., proactive and opportunistic); what is known about victims/survivors of DFSA; what drugs are used and the signs or symptoms of DFSA; and how to respond and support victims/survivors.


  • Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault: A Guide for Canadian Sexual Assault Investigators, Forensic Medical Examines, and Prosecutors – The Making a Difference Canada Project

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This guide was developed by the Making a Difference Canada Project to assist and support the efforts of investigators, medical examiners and prosecutors in collecting and presenting the best possible evidence for effective prosecution in drug facilitated sexual assault cases. This guide discusses definitions; guiding principles; evidence collection; investigative tools; evidence preservation; a DFSA investigation scenario; prosecuting DFSAs; and a guideline for “date rape” drugs.


  • Eight Strategies for Doing the Work: Surfacing the Social Context of Sexual Violence in Therapeutic Settings

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This tool contains eight strategies that counsellors/therapists can use to integrate a systemic understanding of sexual violence in their work with women. These strategies and examples were developed by Nicole Pietsch, the Coordinator for the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. For a full discussion see Pietsch, Nicole (April 2014). Doing the Work: Surfacing the Social Context of Sexual Violence in Therapeutic Settings.


  • Examples of Evaluated Social Marketing Campaigns addressing Woman Abuse: References and Brief Descriptions

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Brief summarizes a literature review identifying social marketing campaigns addressing woman abuse and any corresponding reports that outline the implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of these campaigns. A total of 13 campaigns from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and the United States were identified. This Learning Brief provides descriptions of each campaign including any formative research, monitoring processes, and evaluations.


  • Game Changer: Evaluating “What It Is”, a game challenging sexual violence against youth

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): M. Dagnino, A. Gunraj
    Publisher(s): METRAC
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    “What It Is” is METRAC’s digital quiz game that challenges sexual violence against youth across Canada. It has been downloaded and played over 85,000 times globally since its official launch in November 2010.


  • Gender Equality

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker, A. Straatman, M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    In Issue 10 of the Learning Network Newsletter, they focus on Gender Equality. It provides a definition of Gender Equality and discusses why it is important and its inextricable link to violence against women. Through brief text and graphics, it illustrates 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. It also examines 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.


  • Intimate Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington, S. Young, A. Straatman, M. Sfeir
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This discussion paper is informed by the Learning Network Knowledge Exchange on IPV in LGBT communities held in London, Ontario in November 2014. It contains comments from participants, information from the literature on IPV in LGBT communities, discussions on the experiences of IPV, consequences of IPV and barriers to understanding, disclosing and seeking help, and considerations for continuing to move forward.


  • Keeping Children & Mothers Safe and Engaging Men who use Abusive Behaviours: VAW and CAS Perspectives

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): M. Campbell, L. Baker, A. Georges
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    On September 19, 2013, the Learning Network hosted a forum Keeping Children and Mothers Safe and Engaging Men who use Abusive Behaviours: VAW and CAS Collaboration which brought together 144 professionals from nine regions across the province who represented the VAW, CAS, and government sectors. The overall objectives of the forum were to understand VAW and CAS collaboration with a gender-based analysis, identify principles and practice strategies for engaging men who use abusive behaviours, identify risk factors and potential assessment tools for evaluating child risk in the context of domestic violence, and identifying promising practices in VAW and CAS collaboration. The Learning Network team developed a survey for forum participants to gain an understanding of their perspectives on the status of VAW and CAS collaboration in their communities. This Learning Network Brief provides an overview and detailed description of the survey results.


  • Learning from Women with Lived Experience

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Brief discusses the different contexts that impact a survivor’s experience of sexual violation and how listening to women with lived experience can help us learn how each woman who experiences sexual violence can be impacted differently including what supports or comforts helped them to survive.


  • Learning Network's 2014 adaptation of the CRIAW/ICREF's Intersectionality Wheel Diagram

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This Intersectionality Wheel Diagram demonstrates the unique circumstances, aspects of identity, types of discrimination impacting identity, larger forces and structures reinforcing exclusion.


  • Men’s Engagement in Gender-Based Violence Prevention

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): White Ribbon
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This literature review highlights key conceptual and evaluation approaches to engaging boys and men in gender-based violence prevention.


  • Preventing and Addressing Abuse and Neglect of Older Adults: Person-Centred, Collaborative, System-Wide Approaches

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
    Publisher(s): Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This clinical best practice guideline developed by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is a comprehensive document providing resources for evidence-based nursing practice. It’s intended to be used as a template or tool to guide best practices in preventing and addressing abuse and neglect of older adults.


  • Preventing and Reducing the Trafficking of Women and Girls through Community Planning in York Region:A Gender-Based Analysis

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): N. Pietsch
    Publisher(s): Women's Support Network of York Region
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    This Report will review the Women’s Support Network of York Region (WSN)’sPreventing and Reducing the Trafficking of Women and Girls through Community Planning in York Region Project to identify where GBA+ analysis was implemented, and share information and innovations that this process informed.


  • Research, Monitoring, and Evaluating VAW Social Marketing Campaigns

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): M. Campbell, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Brief outlines the different phases of researching, monitoring, and evaluating a VAW social marketing campaign. The brief describes in detail the five basic questions that need to be considered: What will be researched, monitored, and evaluated? Why the particular measurement is important? How the measurements will be conducted? When during the campaign will the measurements be conducted? and How much will the measurements cost? This brief was adapted from Lee & Kotler (2011).


  • Research, Monitoring, and Evaluating VAW Social Marketing Campaigns Summary Chart

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Network tool provides a summary guide for researching, monitoring, and evaluating VAW social marketing campaigns. The guide helps to answer five key questions: What will be researched, monitored, and evaluated? Why is this measurement important? How will the measurements be conducted? When during the campaign will the measurements be conducted? How much will the measurements cost? To read a more detailed outline of the steps involved in researching, monitoring, and evaluating a VAW social marketing campaign, see Learning Network Brief 17.


  • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Publisher(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This online training developed by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children aims to assist frontline responders and service providers in developing effective and supportive responses to victims/survivors who report or disclose experiences of sexual violence. The training is 7 hours in length and provides videos of both supportive and unsupportive responses and explore the multiple issues that can influence both the victim or survivor and responder. The videos will help professionals understand the barriers and stigma that affect notions of consent and coercion.


  • Sexual Assault Policies on Campus: A Discussion Paper

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): A. Gunraj
    Publisher(s): METRAC
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2014 discussion paper, developed by METRAC, highlights promising practices and challenges in institutional policies on sexual assault committed by and against post-secondary students in Canada. The paper provides a “snapshot” review of sample sexual assault policies on campuses and illustrate gaps and inconsistencies in how the issue is treated. A literature review identifies helpful practices in reporting, investigation and adjudication and determines future steps for improvement.


  • Sexuality and Romantic Relationships in the Digital Age

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): V. Steeves
    Publisher(s): Media Smarts
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    This is the fifth report from the survey of Young Canadians in a Wired World (MediaSmarts, 2014). Over 5,000 students in grades 4 through 11 from all provinces and territories across the country completed the survey. The report summaries survey responses with text and graphs. Limited contextual analysis is provided. Topic areas include using the internet as a resource on sexuality and relationships, managing relationships online, pornography, and sexting. Included is the finding that forwarding sexts is highly gendered (p. 25).


  • Sexual Violence Awareness

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    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.


  • Sexual violence in the lives of first-year university women in Canada: No improvements in the 21st century

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): C. Senn, M. Eliasziw, P.C. Barata, W.E. Thurston, I.R. Newby-Clark, H.L. Radtke, K.L. Hobden, SARE Study Team
    Publisher(s): BioMed Central Ltd.
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This paper summarizes the frequency, type, and context of sexual assault in a large sample of first-year university women at three Canadian universities. Findings from the first large Canadian study of university women since the 1990s indicate that a large proportion of women arrive on campuses with histories of sexual victimization, and they are generally unprepared for the perpetrators they may face during their academic years. The paper concludes with the urgent need for effective rape prevention programs on university campuses.


  • Sexual Violence Prevention: Are we increasing safety or reinforcing rape culture?

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    As the title suggests, this Brief questions whether some of our sexual violence prevention increases safety or reinforces rape culture. The first section describes “rape culture”, its harmful consequences, and its differential impact on various groups of women. The second section discusses how well-intended messages telling women what they can do to prevent being sexually assaulted inadvertently reinforces rape culture. The final section raises the question of how to promote safety for girls and women while working towards transforming our culture to ensure women have the right to sexual integrity, equality and justice.


  • Social Marketing and Prevention of Violence Against Women

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Campbell, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    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.


  • Spousal Support Basics and Partner Abuse

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): T. Witelson, J. Beaton
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), METRAC
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This webinar discusses basic issues around spousal support and the factors affecting the amount of payments and for how long. The 1.25 hour webinar also discusses how domestic violence, during or after the relationship, can affect spousal support payments and provides some ideas to ensure fairness and safety.


  • Standards of Care: Ontario Network of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
    Publisher(s): Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    The Standards of Care guide developed by the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres helps to ensure that all sexual assault and domestic violence treatment centres provide the best health and forensic care for women, children and men who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence. The report outlines organizational/program standards; client care standards for emergency service, follow-up sexual assault and domestic violence program, and counselling services; and education and outreach. Appendix D of the guide provides a Strangulation Assessment Form.


  • The Involved Father & Gender Equality Project

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): White Ribbon, Dad Central
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    In collaboration with Dad Central, White Ribbon conducted a study that explored the positive roles that fathers, organizations working with diverse fathers, and the fatherhood sector in Ontario in general can play in promoting gender equality, healthy and equal relationships, and ending gender-based violence. The study consisted of focus groups and surveys with 53 fathers in communities across the province, interviews with stakeholders and professionals working on engaging fathers, and a preliminary environmental scan of services available to fathers in Ontario. Some themes from the findings of the research include: involved fatherhood occurs along a continuum that allows fathers to find ways to actively participate in the lives of their children; fathers should utilize parental leave benefits as a way to be active in family life however parental leave can be isolating and is often frowned upon; involved fatherhood has benefits for children, mothers, and fathers; many fathers are finding ways to counter the traditional gender stereotypes; Aboriginal fathers are teaching their children about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage in their fatherhood involvement; the use of language is an important part of the parenting process particularly within conversations with Gay/Bi/Transgender fathers; and fathers indicated that their involvement with their children promotes gender equality in many ways.


  • The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker, J. Tiller
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This Learning Brief describes the neurobiological response to sexual assault and the implications for frontline responders supporting victims/survivors.


  • Unprotected, Unrecognized: Canadian Immigration Policy and Violence Against Women, 2008-2013

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): R. Bhuyan, B. Osborne, S. Zahraei, S. Tarshis
    Publisher(s): Migrant Mothers Project (MMP)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This report provides feminist analyses of immigration and refugee policies and their impact on violence against women. Gendered dimensions of immigration policy that contribute to gender inequality in the form of violence against racialized women are provided. This report is intended for people working in the violence against women “sector”, immigrant and refugee serving community-based organizations, and grassroots community groups.


  • We Can Tell and We Will!

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Disabled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada)
    Publisher(s): Disabled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada)
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    The Disabled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN-RAFH Canada) launched a campaign in 2014 featuring a public service announcement based on the D.A.I. Supreme Court case that recognizes the right of people with disabilities to be believed when they report sexual assault and abuse. The campaign features brief videos, definitions, a resource list of crisis hotlines, and fact sheets on information for women with disabilities about identifying and reporting abuse.


  • We Remember December 6th

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): L. Baker, A. Straatman, M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    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.


  • Woman Abuse: Child Welfare & VAW shelter/counselling agencies working towards better outcomes for families

    Year: 2014
    Author(s): Interval House Hamilton & Niagara
    Publisher(s): Interval House Hamilton & Niagara
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This one hour, online training was developed by Interval House Hamilton & Niagara. It examines the Children’s Aid Society and Violence Against Women collaborative agreement; dynamics of abuse; relationship violence; risk assessment; signs of safety; engagement and assessment with men who are abusive, mothers, and children; and guiding practices with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families. It was developed to assist CAS and VAW workers in collaborating and support families experiencing violence. It is accompanied by the booklet Critcal Connections: Where Woman Abuse and Child Safety Intersect A Practical Guide for Child Welfare Professionals in Ontario (http://www.oacas.org/pubs/critical_connections.pdf).


  • Ableism: A Form of Violence Against Women

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): F. Odette
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This Learning Brief names ableism as a form of violence against self-identified women with disAbilities and aims to increase awareness and understanding of its existence and impacts.


  • Anti-Human Trafficking Project of the Women’s Support Network of York Region: GBA+ Report

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): N. Timoshkina
    Publisher(s): Women's Support Network of York Region
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    This report presents findings of GBA+ conducted as part of the two-year (2011–2013) Anti-Human Trafficking Project (AHTP) implemented by the Women’s Support Network of York Region (WSN).


  • Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s Diversity Committee
    Publisher(s): Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s Diversity Committee
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This 2013 report from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s Diversity Committee outlines best practices on policing and LGBTQ communities in order to assist police services to develop inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ police personnel and develop and maintain relationships with members of the LGBTQ communities. The report provides definitions/terminology and outlines different procedures and practices for policing certain situations that may occur within the LGBTQ communities such as hate crimes; intimate partner violence; sexual assault; and sex work.


  • Break the Silence Canadian Version

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): F. Mulder
    Publisher(s): Kibwe Thomas, Walk With Me Canada Victim Services
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    Canadian Public Service Announcement on domestic sex trafficking.


  • Bystander Sexual Violence Education Programs for High School, College and University Students

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): Status of Women Canada
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This Learning Brief describes the bystander approach for preventing sexual violence including its effectiveness and promising strategies for future bystander education programs. The brief also highlights three promising programs and campaigns.


  • Bystander Sexual Violence Education programs for high school, college and university students

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This Learning Brief describes the bystander approach for preventing sexual violence including its effectiveness and promising strategies for future bystander education programs. The brief also highlights three promising programs and campaigns.


  • Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Campbell, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    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.


  • Developing a Response to Sexual Violence: A Resource Guide For Ontario's Colleges and Universities

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): Ontario Women’s Directorate, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    Publisher(s): Queen's Printer for Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2013 guide was developed by the Ontario Women’s Directorate in collaboration with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, with input from organizations, associations and individuals in the post-secondary and violence against women sectors. The user-friendly guide provides information about sexual violence and assists colleges and universities in developing formal sexual violence policies and response protocols. It includes helpful tools, including a sample statement of roles and responsibilities for campus groups and templates for sexual violence policies and protocols, local services listing, and campus safety alerts.


  • Do Not Harm: A Human Rights Approach to Anti-Trafficking Policies and Interventions in Canada

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): A. Lepp
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    As a founding member and current director of the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) Canada, established in 1996, Dr. Lepp has devoted the last sixteen years to researching and monitoring continuities and shifts in Canadian anti-trafficking policies, practices, and interventions. Her presentation will explore the implications of applying the principle of “do no harm” and of centering human rights when developing responses to human trafficking. She will draw on both GAATW’s international work and GAATW Canada’s research on this question, including a major recent study on the anti-trafficking measures and initiatives implemented prior to and during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.


  • Engaging Men & Boys to End Violence Against Women: An Annotated Bibliography of Online Resources

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    This Annotated Bibliography provides descriptions of more than 100 online resources related to the topic Engaging Men and Boys to end violence against women. Resource areas include background papers and technical reports; surveys; public policy and advocacy; intervention/prevention resources; evaluations of interventions; education and training resources; public education and social marketing campaigns; social media and other links.


  • Engaging Men and Boys to End Violence Against Women

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Campbell, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    In celebration of Father's Day, the Learning Network released "Engaging Men and Boys to End Violence Agaisnt Women". They partnered with White Ribbon to co-author this Issue, and to have Todd Minerson and Humberto Carolo as guest editors. This Newsletter represents the spectrum of work around engaging men and boys through different lenses. In highlighting projects and programs from Canada and across the world they showcase existing and promising efforts around: Involved Fatherhood; Youth, Sports, and School; Aboriginal Men; Cultural Communities; and, Men Who Have Used Violence.


  • Information Communication Technologies and Trafficking in Persons

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): M. Campbell, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    The purpose of this Brief is twofold: to summarize how technologies are used to facilitate trafficking in persons and to highlight how technologies are used to combat and prevent this serious violation of human rights.


  • Inventory of Spousal Violence Risk Assessment Tools Used in Canada

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): A. Millar, R. Code, L. Ha
    Publisher(s): Research and Statistics Division Department of Justice Canada
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Department of Justice Canada released a report on spousal violence risk assessment tools used in Canada. The Department conducted a research project that identified all spousal violence risk assessment tools currently being used by criminal justice personnel in Canada. The report provides the methodology of the project and the findings including a description of all tools, investigative checklists and protocols used in Canada.


  • Local Safety Audit Guide: To Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): National Crime Prevention Centre
    Publisher(s): National Crime Prevention Centre, Public Safety Canada
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    In 2013, the National Crime Prevention Centre, Public Safety Canada, published the local safety audit guide – To Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation. The purpose of the guide is to contribute to the development of strategic action plans to prevent human trafficking and exploitation in Canada’s cities and address factors that make particular groups more vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. Chapters include: Trafficking in Persons – Global and Canadian Context; Conducting a Sound Audit and Developing an Action Plan; and Specific Populations at risk.


  • NGOs and Human Trafficking: Tensions, Blind-spots and Power

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): S. Wilson
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    This Learning Network Brief was written by Sue Wilson, Director of the Office for Systemic Justice for the Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada. In this Brief, Sue Wilson reflects on the importance of holding onto three key tensions in her work on issues of human trafficking: prosecution and protection, collaboration and mission, and, outreach and advocacy. She also explores blind spots created by stereotypes, assumptions, statistics, and labels and categories. Sue Wilson concludes her commentary with reflections on power and control.


  • PACT-Ottawa Local Safety Audit Report: Towards the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation in the Ottawa Area

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): E. Wohlbold
    Publisher(s): Persons Against the Crime of Trafficking in Humans Ottawa
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    This guide was developed by the Department of Public Safety Canada to assess the nature and scope of sex trafficking and to develop an action plan tailored specifically to local context. In March 2013, Status of Women Canada funded a project by PACT-Ottawa aimed at building partnerships and collaboration between community stakeholders for the purpose of identifying and responding to the specific needs of victims of sex trafficking in the Ottawa area. The findings from the project helped to devise a plan of four main actions outlined in this guide: 1) public awareness; 2) training; 3) education and empowerment; and 4) outreach and partnership.


  • Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls through Male Engagement: Exploring a National Evaluation Framework

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): White Ribbon
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    White Ribbon Canada has released a framework for the evaluation of efforts to engage men and boys in ending gender-based violence. In October 2013, White Ribbon began coordinating a National Community of Practice comprising of organizations with projects funded by Status of Women Canada’s “Working Together: Engaging Communities to End Violence Against Women and Girls.” Together we are building a National Community of Practice focused on sharing lessons learned, challenges and enabling factors in engaging men and boys for gender-based violence prevention. The following organizations contributed to the development of the national evaluation framework: Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters (ACWS), Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Centre d’accueil et d’accompagnement francophone des immigrants du Sud-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick (CAFI), Changing Ways, Chrysalis House Association, Les EssentiElles, Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and Students Commission of Canada. The evaluation framework will provide guidance for organizations seeking to clarify intended impacts and outcomes resulting from gender-based violence prevention programming. The framework offers sample indicators across four levels of change and eight outcome areas, which can inform male engagement programming to respond and prevent violence against women and girls.


  • Red Light/Green Light: A Documentary on Sex Trafficking

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): J. Brock, M. Brock
    Publisher(s): Hope Films, Bottled Media
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    Jared and Michelle Brock, founders of Hope for the Sold, traveled to 10 different countries to film a documentary on how to prevent sexual exploitation before it begins.


  • Sexual and Gender-based Harassment

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): L. Baker, N. Etherington, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace 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.


  • Sexual Violence and Social Media: Building a Framework for Prevention

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): J. Fairabirn, R. Bivens, M. Dawson
    Publisher(s): Crime Prevention Ottawa, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    The report explores the relationship between sexual violence and social media among youth (ages 12 to 24) in Ontario. Over 180 Ontario-based community organizations, educators, violence prevention advocates, and frontline workers were surveyed, with nine follow-up interviews with Ottawa stakeholders, regarding awareness of social media as a tool to perpetrate sexual violence; prevention strategies and initiatives; and key directions. The research findings were integrated into 12 recommendations for approaching prevention of sexual violence related to social media.


  • Survivor Voices: Gaining Insight from Women of Experience

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): J. Martey, C.L. Macaulay, E. Hazan, L. Smith
    Publisher(s): Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This report summarizes research conducted by the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) that looked to understand the ways in which survivors of violence and abuse want to engage in their communities. In this pilot study, women survivors of violence and abuse shared their voices within facilitated focus groups. Prominent themes identified were empowerment, education and awareness, validation, family, resilience, healing, safety and support. Recommendations aimed at OCTEVAW and other agencies and organizations that serve women survivors were provided.


  • Technology Based Violence Against Women: Background Papers and Technical Reports

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    Collection of online resources and publications that discuss Information Communication Technologies in relation to Violence Against Women.


  • Technology Glossary

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    Terms and references used when discussing technology.


  • Technology-related Violence Against Women

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Campbell, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    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.


  • The Impact of Exposure to Domestic Violence on the Brain

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Lutherwood
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    This talk, presented at the BrainLinks Canada Symposium (2013), was given by Dr. Linda Baker. Dr. Baker discusses developing research of the impacts of exposure to domestic violence on a young person’s brain, and how these effects may influence a youth’s daily functioning and future development.


  • Understanding Technology-Related Violence Against Women: Types of Violence and Women's Experiences

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): M. Campbell, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Technology-Based Violence / Violence In The Digital Space

    This Brief grouped violence into seven broad categories (including the catch-all category “other”). Within each category, there are listed a number of specific examples and illustrations of a woman’s experience for some types of violence. This Brief helps to name the issue in order that individuals and anti-violence organizations can help reclaim technology for women, support women affected by this violence, and proactively work to prevent technology-based violence against women.


  • VAW and CAS Collaboration Keeping Children & Mothers Safe and Engaging Men who use Abusive Behaviours: VAW and CAS Collaboration

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): D. Sinclair, L. Tomlinson, S. Strega, P. Jaffe, M. Bell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Learning Network hosted a Forum on September 19, 2013 on VAW and CAS collaboration. The focus was on keeping children and mothers safe and engaging men who use abusive behaviours. The learning objectives included: understanding the issue within a gender-based analysis; identifying principles and practice strategies for engaging men who use violence; identifying risk factors and potential assessment tools for evaluating child risk in the context of domestic violence; and identifying promising practices in VAW and CAS collaboration.


  • Violence against Women: A Toolkit for Community Engagement

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): P. Cross
    Publisher(s): Canadian Council of Muslim Women
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This toolkit from the Canadian Council of Muslim Women was developed to provide support in initiating conversations around violence against Muslim women and assist in developing strategies for community response to this violence. The kit includes a community workshop presentation; the Muslim wheel of domestic violence; case studies; and fact sheets. The focus of the fact sheets are on four forms of violence against Muslim women: woman abuse, femicide, forced marriage, and female genital mutiliation.


  • Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf Women

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Campbell, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Learning Network 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. It highlights the intersectional context of violence experienced by women with disabilities, draw on lived experience, and provide statistics and resources.


  • Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf Women: An Overview

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): F. Odette, D. Rajan
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This paper discusses violence against women with disAbilities and Deaf women. Topics include the myths and realities of violence against women with Disabilities and Deaf women; who perpetrates abuse and violence; types of violence experienced; barriers to reporting and accessing resources; and considerations for helping women with disAbilities who are experiencing violence.


  • Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf Women: An Overview

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): F. Odette, D. Rajan
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This paper discusses violence against women with disAbilities and Deaf women. Topics include the myths and realities of violence against women with Disabilities and Deaf women; who perpetrates abuse and violence; types of violence experienced; barriers to reporting and accessing resources; and considerations for helping women with disAbilities who are experiencing violence.


  • Violence Against Young Women

    Year: 2013
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Learning Network e-newsletter – Violence Against Young Women includes reflections from Dawn and Ed Novak on their daughter Natalie’s preventable murder, featured in the 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.


  • After She Leaves

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): P. Cross
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources, Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Springtide Resources, in partnership with Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre, developed online training for community workers supporting women who have experienced abuse and are involved in the family law system. This skill-based, self-directed training provides information on: safety strategies for court settings; writing affidavits; court documents and procedures; working with lawyers and other court officials; and safety and access issues to prepare for when the court process is complete. The eight module full training is open registration ($250 for full training or $50 for each single module training) that must be completed within eight weeks (two weeks access for single module training).


  • AODA e-learning: Improving Access to Violence Against Women Services for Women with Disabilities

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Springtide Resources
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Springtide Resources provides a free online training resource designed to help service providers effectively support and advocate for women with disabilities and women who are Deaf who have experienced physical or sexual violence, including criminal harassment. The training focuses on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Customer Service Standard; communicating and engaging with people with disabilities including serving those who use service animals, support persons or assistive devices; and ensuring accessibility at one’s own agency.


  • Building a Bigger Wave 2011 Forum Report

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): M. MacPherson, C. Purdon
    Publisher(s): Building a Bigger Wave
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    On November 7 and 8, 2011, representatives from 42 Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees across the province got together to explore the possibility of developing a provincial network for coordinating committees. The goals of the forum were to understand the history and the current state of VAWCCs in Ontario; display the great range of innovative work and projects of the VAWCCs; explore and discuss how to build a collaborative and inclusive provincial network; and identify the next steps in the network development. At the end of the forum, there was a clear mandate to move to the next step in building the provincial network and a call-to-action to mobilize committees to support the “Sisters in Spirit” campaign to raise awareness of the high rates of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.


  • Children in Danger of Domestic Homicide

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): P. Jaffe, M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Based on current research, the authors comment on harm to children connected to domestic homicide and their safety.


  • Distance Learning for Dental Hygienists

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association, Springtide Resources
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Springtide Resources partnered with the Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association to offer training to members on responding to woman abuse. Dental hygienists interested in learning about woman abuse are invited to participate in this online training, "Detect, Respond, Refer: Helping to End Woman Abuse." This final product of the project was designed with the support of an advisory committee of dental hygienists and shelter workers. It is available to both ODHA members and non-members.


  • Domestic Violence Curriculum for Law Schools

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Law Commission of Ontario
    Publisher(s): Law Commission of Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Curriculum modules on violence against women. The objective was to develop modules that are flexible enough that law schools that wish to use them are able to include them in existing courses, offer them as an intensive course or combine them into a full course. The modules go beyond the most obvious courses, with a view to ensuring that law students receive some training in this area, regardless of the area of law in which they will practice. The preparation of the modules builds on similar curricula developed for the National Judicial Institute and prepared in the past for law schools, as well as work done elsewhere. The LCO retained Pamela Cross, an expert on violence against women who has also assisted in the development of curricula for the NJI and Legal Aid, as the Project Director. The initiative had the benefit of an Advisory Group composed of members with a range of expertise in violence against women, including faculty members from all the Ontario law schools.


  • Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Publisher(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    An online course developed by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children for health care, social service and education professionals to develop skills and awareness regarding domestic violence risk factors, determining the need for a risk assessment, the importance of communication and collaboration regarding risk assessment and risk management.


  • Evaluating Violence Against Women Training Initiatives: A Primer

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): R. Broll, C. Crooks, L. Baker, A. Straatman
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This report briefly describes the purpose of evaluations followed by the review of current evaluation literature on the effectiveness of VAW training initiatives. The report outlines the types and levels of evaluation, importance of logic models - including examples and guides on developing them, common evaluation challenges, and critical steps to consider when conducting an evaluation of VAW training programs.


  • Exposure to Domestic Violence and its Effect on Children's Brain Development and Functioning

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): L. Baker, M. Campbell
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    A brief description of research studies suggesting that children's exposure to domestic violence can suppress a child's IQ, lead to premature aging, and influence the functioning of the brain's emotional systems.


  • Human Trafficking

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): 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. This newsletter highlights accessible, current information and diverse perspectives on human trafficking and links you to more in depth discussions and materials.


  • It Shouldn't Be This Hard: Family law, family court and violence against women

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): P. Cross
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Based on the extensive research report titled "It Shouldn't be this Hard: A gender based analysis of family law, family court and violence against women", Pamela Cross has prepared a 4 page commentary on the challenges women leaving abusive partners face when turning to the family law and family court.


  • It Shouldn’t be This Hard: A Gender-based Analysis of Family Law, Family Court and Violence Against Women

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): P. Cross
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This paper provides a summary of the work done in Ontario to address family law issues as they relate to violence against women. It reviews family law issues such as custody and access, child protection, child support and restraining orders, changes to family court process, the use of alternative dispute resolution, and the increasing reliance on access to legal information rather than legal representation and examines the impacts – positive and negative – on women who have left abusive relationships. The paper also explores the role of other areas of law – in particular, criminal and immigration law – on women’s experiences in family court.


  • Making Connections: When Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems Co-Occur

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): R. Mason, B. Toner
    Publisher(s): Women's College Hospital (WCH)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Making Connections is a training program on the intersections of domestic violence with mental health and substance use problems. The program contains a text-based manual, online training modules, an on-site workshop, and a discussion forum that provides an introduction to these issues and concrete tools to help professionals work with women experiencing these complex problems. The online component contains six interactive modules that can be used with the text manual or on their own; however it is recommended that the manual be used in tandem with the respective online modules. The online training component also contains a discussion room to pose and answer questions and share resources and ideas. New users will need to register for the online training. A contact person is provided to learn about hosting or participating in an accompanying workshop in your community.


  • Men’s Accountability from Two Voices

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): K. Wiggins, T. Kelly, L. Heslop
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    Victims of domestic violence are safer when their partners are provided with support to target those dynamic risk factors which contribute to creating heightened risk. Results of a pilot project are presented and a number of risk management strategies are suggested.


  • Overcoming Barriers and Enhancing Supportive Responses: The Research on Sexual Violence Against Women - A Resource Document

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This review of the literature on sexual violence flows from the Ontario government’s Sexual Violence Action Plan: Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives. The goal was to create a resource document to support the development of introductory training on sexual violence, including supportive responses to victims/survivors who disclose experiences of sexual violence. Topics covered include: understanding sexual violence; rape myths; consequences experienced by survivors; barriers to disclosure; safe and supportive responses to disclosures.


  • Preventing and Reducing Violence Against Young Women on Post-secondary Campuses: A Best Practices Guide

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Interim Place, University of Toronto Mississauga
    Publisher(s): University of Toronto Mississauga
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This Best Practices Guide was developed through the CampUS Safety Project, initiated by Interim Place and the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). The CampUS Safety Project is a two year project which began in 2012 with the purpose of enhancing opportunities for UTM to actively prevent and reduce violence against young women and support measures to address violence against young women on campus. The project was funded by Status of Women Canada. Using a gender-based analysis, the CampUS Safety Project engaged young people attending UTM and UTM staff to get their thoughts on campus safety and young women’s perceptions of safety; the prevalence of violence against women both on and off campus; and how UTM can prevent and reduce violence against young women. This Guide provides best practices and recommendations based on the experience of the CampUS Safety Project.


  • Report on the Evaluation of Violence Against Women Public Education Campaigns: A Discussion Paper

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): R. Broll, C. Crooks
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The purpose of this report is to provide a brief overview on the evaluation of VAW social marketing / public education campaigns. It begins by briefly describing the purpose of evaluations, before consider social marketing / public education campaigns and the rationale behind them. It then considers what the evaluation literature tells us about the effectiveness of VAW social marketing / public education campaigns, before describing the role of evaluations in VAW campaigns and outlining the types and levels of evaluation available. Finally, it discusses the importance of logic models, providing examples and guides on how to construct them, identifies common evaluation challenges, and offers several critical steps to consider when conducting an evaluation of VAW social marketing/public education campaigns.


  • Responding to Domestic Violence in Clinical Settings

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Women's College Hospital (WCH)
    Publisher(s): Women's College Hospital (WCH)
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Created by Women's College Hospital, this scenario-based, interactive, e-learning platform is suitable for training a variety of health care providers including Emergency Department personnel, obstetricians, family physicians, medical and nursing students. Upon completion of the training modules, learners will have more knowledge about domestic violence and its health impacts. They will also know more about how to support women who are experiencing or are at risk of abuse.


  • Revisiting the comparative outcomes of workplace aggression and sexual harassment

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): A. Dionisi, J. Barling, K. Dupre
    Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This 2012 Canadian study examined the different outcomes associated with experiencing workplace aggression and sexual harassment by a supervisor for female employees. Results revealed that all forms of sexual harassment were more strongly associated with work withdrawal and psychological well-being than comparable forms of workplace aggression. Sexual harassment was also more strongly associated with employees thinking about quitting their jobs; job, co-worker, and supervisor satisfaction; work withdrawal; and commitment to the organization if the harassment and aggression involved some form of threatened or actual physical contact.


  • Sexual Assault and Disabled Women Ten Years after Jane Doe

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): F. Odette
    Publisher(s): University of Ottawa Press
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    A chapter in the book, “Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism,” Fran Odette writes about the lived experience of disabled women who are sexually assaulted. Topics addressed in the chapter include: the impacts of linguistic constructs in shaping practice around disability; the mythology that denies disabled women access to their own identity and sexuality and contributes to the sexual assault of disabled women; and the impediments to equality for disabled women who have been sexually assaulted. She examines how gaps and limitations in research have hindered policy development, legal responses, and feminist community-based services in responding to the lived experience of disabled women.


  • Step By Step Engaging Fathers in Programs for Families

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): B. Russell
    Publisher(s): Best Start Resource Centre
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This user friendly manual details how to plan and implement a strategy for engaging fathers. The content is relevant to those designing or delivering universal programs for fathers, services for fathers at transition points, services for fathers facing stressors, or services for unique issues (e.g., domestic violence). Specifically, the manual provides information on the factors that influence father involvement, the impact fathers have, the diversity of fathers, how fathers relate to their children, assessing father-friendliness, potential strategies for involving fathers, marketing to men, signs of success, and key issues. Each topic provides ideas from fathers and service providers and snapshots of effective programs. A list of resources are included. It is available in English and French.


  • Taking an Intersectional Approach: How we can Improve Services for Newcomers Experiencing Violence

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): T. Bhaggiyadatta
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This summary report provides the key findings from interviews, focus groups, and survey responses of 144 service providers who support women who have experienced violence and non-status people, refugees, immigrants, and newcomers (NSRIN). The findings illustrated that the NSRIN community may experience violence and respond to violence differently due to community factors, family influence, fear of deportation, mistrust of government or police, or a lack of understanding of immigration laws. Furthermore, NSRIN women often experience multiple barriers to accessing services (e.g. fear of deportation; services not culturally relevant). This report summarizes these issues and provides recommendations to help ensure that support services take an intersectional approach when helping NSRIN women experiencing violence.


  • The Network Comes to Life

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Learning Network
    Publisher(s): Learning Network
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This newsletter introduces the Learning Network and describes their 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).


  • Training for survivors, frontline workers and volunteers

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): N. MacGregor
    Publisher(s): WomenatthecentrE
    Format: Public Education
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    In this short video, Nneka MacGregor, the Executive Director of WomenatthecentrE , discusses the multiple training initiatives to help support survivors of gendered violence. The initiatives are aimed at survivors, frontline workers and volunteers with a focus on developing the capacity and abilities of survivors to engage in advocacy and use their lived experience to inform policy and practice.


  • Violence and Accessibility: Increasing Safety for Women with Disabilities On Campus

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): T. Langdon
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This 2012 Violence and Accessibility report was developed by Springtide Resources with the purpose of initiating conversations among university and college administrators, faculty and staff about the experiences of women with disabilities on campus. Seventeen young women with disabilities, who attended or were currently attending a college or university, participated in focus groups to discuss their experience with violence on campus and the barriers they faced when accessing services. These women provided several recommendations, aimed at college and university services, VAW organizations in the communities, and fellow students, for preventing violence on campus, improving accessibility to supports and services, promoting open discussions, and enhancing campus safety.


  • When Charges are Laid in a Domestic Dispute: What to Expect

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): T. Witelson, K. Bellinger
    Publisher(s): Family Law Education for Women (FLEW), METRAC
    Format: Online Training
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This one hour webinar examines the legal process when criminal charges are laid for domestic violence. Presented by Family Law Education for Women and METRAC, the webinar looks at the complete process from police involvement to the resolution of the case, and what women can expect if they are the complainant or the accused.


  • Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis families who have experienced family violence: A Practice Guide for Child Welfare Professionals

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): Catalyst Research and Communications, J. Riggs
    Publisher(s): Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This practice guide is a stand-alone guide that provides tools for child welfare professionals working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis families to assess allegations of maltreatment in the context of family violence. This guide will support child welfare professionals to develop: personal knowledge and understanding of their own worldview and that of others; skills and abilities when working with Aboriginal families and communities; and ability to be an advocate to support systemic change both in child welfare and more broadly in the province.


  • “Take the Story, Take the Needs, and Do Something”: Grassroots Women’s Priorities for Community-Based Participatory Research and Action on Homelessness

    Year: 2012
    Author(s): E. Paradis, J. Mosher
    Publisher(s): The Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This 2012 project grew out of a sense that while many CBPR projects addressing women and homelessness existed in communities across the country, information about these activities was not widely known. Hence one of the goals of the project was to create an inventory of such projects as a first step in knowledge exchange and potential networking among project actors.


  • Aboriginal Sexual Violence Action Plan

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC), Metis Nation of Ontario, Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC), Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA), Metis Nation of Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    This 2011 Action Plan provides recommendations that are rooted in the Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women Summit recommendations gathered from 2007-2011, the 2011 Metis Nation “Strong Women” summit, with additional development during a two-day Consultation on Sexual Violence and Aboriginal Community, March 21-22, 2011.


  • Campaigns Targeting Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): M. Cismaru, A.M. Lavack
    Publisher(s): SAGE
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This article reviews 16 campaigns from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand that target perpetrators of intimate partner violence. The Transtheoretical Model and Protection Motivation Theory are discussed. This link provides the abstract of this paper. The full document can be retrieved through the library or paid access.


  • Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Ontario’s Sexual Violence Action Plan Progress Report

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): Ministry of Women's Issues Ontario
    Publisher(s): Queen's Printer for Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Sexual Violence

    In March 2011, the Ontario government launched the Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives: Ontario’s Sexual Violence Action Plan. The Ontario Women’s Directorate (OWD) developed the Sexual Violence Action Plan in consultation with ministries and more than 350 survivors, service providers and experts across the province. The Action Plan takes a coordinated approach to preventing sexual violence and improving supports for survivors by implementing public education campaigns, developing training, and enhancing service system response. This current report highlights the actions taken between 2011 and 2013 including: public education; supporting Northern communities; preventing sexual violence on campus; responding to sexual violence against older women; training for service providers; enhancing services; improving access to services for Francophone women; expanding access to language interpretation; combating human trafficking; strengthening the criminal justice response; and responding to the unique needs of Aboriginal peoples.


  • Community Guide to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This guide was developed in 2011 by the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) to provide culturally relevant resources to address violence and its impact on Aboriginal women and to provide promising practices to end violence against Aboriginal women. Topics include a historical context and traditional roles of Aboriginal women; describing violence and signs of a healthy relationship; best practices for preventing violence such as the Medicine Wheel and the Seven Grandfather Teachings; community approaches to violence prevention; and a list of community resources.


  • Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): T. Minerson, H. Carolo, T. Dinner, C. Jones
    Publisher(s): White Ribbon
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    The Issue Brief examines the many dimensions of gender-based violence; impacts on communities of interest; the evidence base, frameworks, strategies and positive roles men can play; and finally the risks, limitations and additional considerations.


  • Policy on Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    In 2011, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a new policy regarding sexual and gender-based harassment mainly in areas of employment, housing and education. The overall objective of the policy was to help make people aware of their rights, roles and responsibilities around sexual and gender-based harassment. The policy defines sexual harassment in general and sexual harassment in employment, housing and education; provides practices to address sexual harassment; discusses evidentiary issues; outlines how employers, housing providers, and educators can respond to and prevent sexual harassment; and examines human rights protection against sexual harassment such as the Ontario Human Rights Code and other international protections.


  • Preventing Teen Dating Violence: An Evaluation of the Teen Violence Prevention Program

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): L. Tutty
    Publisher(s): Canadian Women’s Foundation
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Dating Violence

    In 2011, the Canadian Women’s Foundation published a report on an evaluation of four best practices in dating violence/healthy relationships curricula used in Canadian schools: 1) Saltspring Islands’ Respectful Relationship Program; 2) The Fourth R (based in London, Ontario); 3) Making Waves/Vague par vague (based in New Brunswick); and 4) Healthy Relationships for Youth (based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia). The purpose of the evaluation was to assess whether these programs have an impact on youth in the long-term and whether participants found the information useful and have used the skills they learned in either their own relationships or to help friends and/or family. The results indicated that the majority of students felt they gained a significant amount of knowledge after completing the program; the materials were useful, informative, and relatable; including youth or peer facilitators was a major benefit of the programs; many of the students used the skills they were taught in their dating relationships and to support family and/or friends; and student participants felt that the programs had long-term benefits such as developing relationship and conflict resolution skills, becoming more confident, staying out of trouble, making the right choices, and learning how to get out of an unhealthy relationship.


  • Survivor Voices Inclusion Project

    Year: 2011
    Author(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    The Survivor Voices Inclusion Project (SVIP), funded by Status of Women Canada in 2011, was developed to discover creative and meaningful ways of engaging women survivors in the work of shelter and second stage homes designed to help them. To date, the project’s team has travelled to 15 communities across the province. In each community, survivors, staff and Board members from shelters, second stage housing, and allied organizations, come together to explore survivor inclusion, barriers, and how to creatively work together to find solutions.


  • Addressing Domestic Violence in Canadian Muslim Communities: A Training Manual for Muslim Communities and Ontario Service Providers

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): M. Baobaid, G. Hamed
    Publisher(s): Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This resource provides a framework for strengthening collaboration among Muslims and mainstream service providers. Training objectives include: educating the Muslim community on the Canadian justice system response to DV and on available DV services; and, exposing mainstream/Canadian service providers to culturally sensitive strategies for responding to DV in the Muslim community.


  • An Exploration of Promising Practices in Response to Human Trafficking in Canada

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): N. Barrett
    Publisher(s): International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    This report was prepared for the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Forum of Status of Women Senior Officials. It identifies global promising practices focused on human trafficking prevention and victim support.


  • Blue Blindfold: Open Your Eyes to Human Trafficking

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): Canadian Crime Stoppers Association
    Publisher(s): Canadian Crime Stoppers Association
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Human Trafficking

    In 2010, the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Crime Stoppers Association (CCSA), launched a public awareness campaign on human trafficking called Blue Blindfold – Open Your Eyes to Human Trafficking. The campaign was adopted from Britain’s campaign which was launched in 2007. The goals of the campaign are to raise awareness among Canadians about the issue of human trafficking and inform the public on how to identify and report potential trafficking cases. The campaign includes brochures, posters and a short video.


  • Community Resource Guide: What can I do to help the families of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls? Chapter 1 (section E) Toolkit: Men as Effective Allies

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): Native Women’s Association Canada (NWAC)
    Publisher(s): Native Women’s Association Canada (NWAC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Engaging Men And Boys

    This toolkit outlines steps for Aboriginal boys and men to learn to stand as allies and support Aboriginal girls and women. The four steps include embracing traditional or spiritual teachings; engage in personal growth and in relationships; get involved as a role model, in peer support, and as a member of a community; and, become an advocate for gender equality and healthy relationships.


  • Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: A Toolbox

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario
    Publisher(s): Workplace Safety & Prevention Services
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This toolbox was developed by the Occupational Health & Safety Council of Ontario. The purpose of the toolbox is to support the “Developing Workplace Violence and Harassment Policies and Programs: What Employers Need to Know” guide that outlines steps that will help employers protect workers from workplace violence. The toolbox contains information, tools, and assessments that will help employers develop a workplace violence, harassment, or domestic violence policy and program.


  • Domestic Violence Doesn’t Stop When Your Worker Arrives at Work: What Employers Need to Know to Help

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): Ontario Government, Ontario Women’s Directorate, Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Publisher(s): Public Services Health & Safety Association
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This booklet was developed by the Occupational Health & Safety Council of Ontario to assist employers in helping employees who are experiencing domestic violence. The booklet defines domestic violence; explains why employers need to become involved; identifies factors that can increase a victim’s risk of harm or death; discusses how an employer can recognize domestic violence in the workplace; outlines what an employer should do to respond to domestic violence; and provides resources for more information or support.


  • Don’t Suffer in Silence: Applying the Integrated Model for Social Marketers to Campaigns Targeting Victims of Domestic Violence

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): M. Cismaru, A. Lavack
    Publisher(s): SAGE
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This research article examines social marketing campaigns from the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand that target victims of domestic violence. The article examines the degree to which the campaigns utilize the Integrated Model for Social Marketers and discusses the importance of emphasizing the benefits of change and the ability for victims to improve their lives. This link provides the abstract of this research paper.


  • Elder Abuse: Assessment and Intervention Reference Guide

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly
    Publisher(s): National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly
    Format: Website
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This adapted tool developed by the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE) is considered to be a promising approach based on front-line practice experience. This is one in a series of tools in the NICE tool kit designed to detect, intervene in, and/or prevent abuse of seniors.


  • Emergency Motions Toolkit

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): C. Spencer, T. Conlin
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Toolkit is intended for service providers who work with women who have been subjected to abuse and have family law issues. The Toolkit will help you: learn how to identify when or if an Emergency Motion is appropriate; become familiar with the required forms and how to fill them out; know what information is required to support the Emergency Motion; and understand the steps in this process and how to prepare women for it.


  • Guidelines for Service Providers: Outreach Strategies for Family Violence Intervention with Immigrant and Minority Communities

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): M. Baobaid
    Publisher(s): Changing Ways
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This 2010 manual provides guidance and strategies for service providers in Canada to reach out to isolated and vulnerable minority groups in an effort to reduce rates of family violence. It examines the Muslim Family Safety Project in London, Ontario which was found to be very successful in reaching out to London’s Muslim communities to engage religious and community leaders in culturally and linguistically-appropriate public education campaigns on family violence and to develop the capacity to address the needs of Muslim women who are being abused by family members.


  • Stepping Up: Developing promising practices in art-based programming to address issues of violence and community safety for trans, lesbian and bisexual newcomer, immigrant and refugee women tool kit

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
    Publisher(s): Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    In 2010, the Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services developed a promising practices toolkit to guide organizations and service providers in implementing expressive arts groups which contribute to violence prevention/safety promotion programming with trans and LGBQ newcomer women. The promising practices within this toolkit stem from the Stepping Up project that was comprised of two pilot expressive arts groups: 1) a group for trans-identified newcomer women of any sexual identity; and 2) a group for cis-gender-identified newcomer women who also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or questioning. The toolkit is based on certain themes and issues that were identified within the course of the Stepping Up project such as addressing issues of violence and community safety with Trans and LGBQ newcomer women; identifying and creating safe spaces; capacity building; and future opportunities.


  • Training for Change: Practical Tools for Intersectional Workshops

    Year: 2010
    Author(s): Rainbow Health Network
    Publisher(s): Rainbow Health Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This 2010 publication by the Rainbow Health Network provides various tools and exercises that can be used for leading workshops on intersectionality.


  • A school-based program to prevent adolescent dating violence

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): D.A. Wolfe, C. Crooks, P. Jaffe, D. Chiodo, R. Hughes, W. Ellis, L. Stitt, A. Donner
    Publisher(s): American Medical Association
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Dating Violence

    An evaluation of the Fourth R dating violence prevention program was conducted. This program is implemented within the grade nine health and physical education curriculum and consists of units on personal safety and injury prevention; healthy growth and sexuality; and substance use and abuse. A longitudinal evaluation of students found that the curriculum reduced physical dating violence and increased condom use 2.5 years after participation in the program.


  • Bridging Aging and Women Abuse: A Toolkit

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): The Learning Achievement Centre
    Publisher(s): National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This toolkit was created as part of the participatory project: ‘Bridging Aging and Women Abuse.’ This project’s tools were developed by two working groups of women who had experience abuse later in life and transformed these experiences into expertise.


  • Everyone Belongs: A Toolkit for Applying Intersectionality

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): J. Simpson
    Publisher(s): Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This toolkit was developed by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), in partnership with the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, and the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, with the intent to help non-profit groups apply an intersectional approach into their existing work including policies, services and programs, research and community education. The toolkit provides concrete and practical suggestions and tools, as well as the history and philosophy regarding intersectionality.


  • Healthy Families Healthy Nations Domestic Violence Training for Professionals and Service Providers

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): Equay-wuk (Women’s Group)
    Publisher(s): Equay-wuk (Women’s Group)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Created by Equay-wuk, this domestic violence training resource is designed for service providers supporting Aboriginal women in remote First Nations communities. Within the overarching theme of "working towards violence free communities", this training resource is designed to increase awareness of the need for community leaders to commit to violence free communities, how the cycle of abuse impacts family and community, early warning signs, exploring avenues for culturally sensitive prevention, the need to eliminate ostracism of victims, how service providers can contribute to the holistic prevention model, occupational roles, responsibilities and on-the-job policies, procedures and practices for responding to domestic violence, options for improving organizational practices, available services, and increasing support for women and children. Pamphlets are provided in English, Ojibway and Oji-Cree.


  • Love or Obsession: A Guide for Women being Stalked by Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): METRAC
    Publisher(s): METRAC
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Stalking

    This booklet was developed by METRAC and is intended for women being stalked. Women are most often stalked by men with whom they have had an intimate relationship, so the information in this booklet reflects this reality.


  • Pushed (back) in the Closet: Research Findings on the Safety Needs of LGBTTIQQ2S Women and Trans Communities of Toronto

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): R. Cameron
    Publisher(s): METRAC
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This report, developed by the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), summarizes research results from an online survey that assessed the safety needs of LGBTTQQ2S women and trans individuals in Toronto. The purpose of the research was to gain an understanding of women’s and trans communities’ experience with, and fear of, violence in the City of Toronto and use the information obtained to develop and enhance safety resources for these communities. The report describes the methodology of the study; respondent demographics; results of the survey regarding public safety concerns and rates of victimization; the impact of violence on members of LGBTTIQQ2S communities; reporting violence; and recommendations for action.


  • Raising awareness of elder abuse in ethnic communities: A guide for service providers

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): V. Aguirre
    Publisher(s): Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Elder Abuse

    This manual, developed by the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, is to serve as an educational resource to assist service providers who work with emerging ethno-cultural communities in creating strategies to raise awareness of elder abuse in a culturally and language appropriate manner. This manual was designed specifically for front-line service providers who work with seniors from diverse backgrounds.


  • Stalking: A Guide for Service Providers by Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): METRAC
    Publisher(s): METRAC
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Stalking

    This booklet, developed by METRAC, is intended for assist those providing services to women who are experiencing or who have experienced violence and abuse, in particular, stalking by men with whom they have had an intimate relationship.


  • Transforming our Communities: Report from the Domestic Violence Advisory Council for the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues

    Year: 2009
    Author(s): Domestic Violence Advisory Council for the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    In 2007, the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues established the Ontario Domestic Violence Advisory Council (DVAC). The purpose of the DVAC is to provide recommendations to improve services and supports for abused women and their children. This 2009 report outlines recommendations made by the DVAC under the following five key areas: access and equity; the legal response; education and training; threat assessment and risk management; and child welfare.


  • Breaking the Links between poverty and violence against women: A Resource Guide

    Year: 2008
    Author(s): J. Gurr, M. Pajot, D. Nobbs, L. Mailloux, D. Archambault
    Publisher(s): Canada National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Structural Violence

    This guide was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The purpose of the guide is to support the efforts of women’s groups, community organizations and service providers in helping low-income women take control of and deal with the poverty and violence in their lives and inspire others to take action. The guide explores the ways in which poverty and violence are linked; describes strategies and initiatives of groups actively working with women experiencing poverty and violence; and highlights ways that services and programs can be adapted to meet the needs of low-income women experiencing violence.


  • Sexual Harassment and Related Behaviours Reported Among Youth from Grade 9 to Grade 11

    Year: 2008
    Author(s): D. Wolfe, D. Chiodo
    Publisher(s): ResearchGate
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This paper describes a study on the nature and role of abuse and sexual harassment in Grade 9 and Grade 11. Over 1800 students from 23 high schools in Ontario completed a questionnaire about their experiences of abuse and sexual harassment, both as a victim and as a perpetrator. Results indicated that girls are more often victimized than boys, and boys are more often the perpetrator of sexual harassment. The frequency of abuse and harassment reduced over time; however students who reported more harassment by peers in grade 9 were more likely to be a victim of harassment in grade 11, especially in romantic relationships.


  • Shaping a Culture of Respect in our Schools: Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships

    Year: 2008
    Author(s): Safe Schools Action Team
    Publisher(s): Ministry of Education
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Dating Violence

    In 2008, the Safe Schools Action Team submitted the report, “Shaping a Culture of Respect in our Schools – Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships” which focuses on providing recommendations to prevent and address gender-based violence, homophobia, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behaviour in schools and remove barriers to reporting this violence. Key findings and recommendations are provided under the following topics: curriculum; effective partnerships with community agencies and organizations; prevention, awareness raising, and intervention; response and supports; reporting; local police/school board protocols; student leadership; parent/family engagement; training; and evaluation and accountability.


  • Study on the Experiences of Abused Women in the Family Courts in Eight Regions in Ontario

    Year: 2008
    Author(s): M. Dragiewicz, W. DeKeseredy
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This report documents and analyzes the experiences of abused women who are negotiating the family court system in eight regions of Ontario. It also includes information from advocates in each of these regions. The study was undertaken in order to identify gaps in existing services to victims and enhance accessibility and service quality for abused women in the family court system.


  • Through the Looking Glass: The Experiences of Unrepresented Abused Women in Family Court

    Year: 2008
    Author(s): P. Cross
    Publisher(s): Luke’s Place Resource Centre for Women and Children
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This needs assessment examines service delivery for abused women without legal representation in family court. It explores the experiences of these women in order to develop and support appropriate services for them. Information was gathered by way of focus groups with a variety of stakeholders and analyzed for common themes to support the development of recommendations, which appear at the end of the report


  • A Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women

    Year: 2007
    Author(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA), Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA), Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    Prepared by the Ontario Native Woman’s Association (ONWA) and the OFIFC, the Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women is based on a number of foundational principles and addresses eight specific areas for change: research, legislation, policy, programs, education, community development, leadership, and accountability. The framework is based on a medicine wheel design to provide a continuum of approaches and recommends strategies at multiple levels on how to successfully deal with violence. It is stated that if there is adherence to the broad recommendations, goals and principles set out in the strategy, then real and achievable outcomes can be produced.


  • Little Eyes, Little Ears. How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow

    Year: 2007
    Author(s): A. Cunningham, L. Baker
    Publisher(s): Library and Archives Canada
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    This resource helps professionals and volunteers understand how woman abuse can impact a child's development. This resource addresses the feelings and thoughts children may have about the violence, roles and coping strategies children may adopt for survival, and how children at different developmental stages may experience violence against their mothers. The goal of this resource is to understand how children experience violence against their mothers and how, by taking into account important contextual features of their family life, one can devise a plan to effectively intervene and support these children.


  • Using Intersectional Feminist Frameworks in Research

    Year: 2007
    Author(s): M. Morriswith, B. Bunjun
    Publisher(s): Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This 2007 resource published by CRIAW/ICREF provides an overview of the development of intersectional feminist frameworks (IFFs), including historical and global contexts for understanding women’s lives. The use of IFFs in research is discussed in detail, including framing the research question, finding financial support, recruiting participants, understanding the information, communicating the information, and evaluating your project. Additional resources on intersectionality theory, practice, and research are also provided.


  • Woman Abuse Affects Our Children

    Year: 2007
    Author(s): Springtide Resources, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
    Publisher(s): Springtide Resources
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    Developed by Springtide Resources and Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, this program offers a variety of resources for educators regarding woman abuse and the impact on children. Video and print resources are available online.


  • Woman Abuse in the Perinatal Period Guidelines for Care Providers

    Year: 2006
    Author(s): Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario
    Publisher(s): Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This guide developed by the Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario outlines the role of health care providers in assisting pregnant women experiencing abuse. The guide describes woman abuse; the prevalence rates of woman abuse and abuse during pregnancy; the dynamics of abuse; the health impacts; the role of the legal system; and the role of health care providers. Specific attention is paid to health care providers' role in screening, documentation, and prevention.


  • The “In Search of your warrior” program for Aboriginal offenders: A preliminary evaluation

    Year: 2005
    Author(s): S. Trevethan, J.P. Moore, N. Allegri
    Publisher(s): Government of Canada
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This project examined the “In Search of Your Warrior” (ISOYW) program, an intervention developed for federally-incarcerated, male Aboriginal offenders with a history of violence. The program blends aspects of traditional Aboriginal spirituality with western approaches to treatment. Participants demonstrate lower need for intervention targeting personal distress, family issues, substance abuse, and community functioning. Recommendations for improving the program are offered.


  • Warrior-Caregivers: Understanding the Challenges and Healing of the First Nations Men. A Resource Guide

    Year: 2005
    Author(s): W.J. Mussell
    Publisher(s): Aboriginal Healing Foundation
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This guide provides parents and caregivers with strategies to help raise healthy, strong and responsible First Nations boys and youths. It includes a literature review, findings of interviews with key informants, contextual factors contributing current realities, a section on grieving, healing and empowerment, and ways to strengthen community care.


  • Helping Children Thrive: Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers: A Resource to Support Parenting

    Year: 2004
    Author(s): L. Baker, A. Cunningham
    Publisher(s): Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    This resource was developed for service providers assisting women who have survived woman abuse and includes information for women with lived experience of domestic violence. Topics include: the needs of abused women as mothers; how abusive men parent; how abusive men affect family dynamics; the effects of power and control tactics on mothers; the potential impact of woman abuse on children of different ages; and strategies used by young people to cope with violence in their homes. This resource also provides information on how to parent children exposed to violence. Included in the resource are handouts for women to be given out during individual or group interventions regarding woman abuse or parenting.


  • Workplace Harassment and Violence

    Year: 2004
    Author(s): J. Carr, A. Huntley, B. MacQuarrie, S. Welsh
    Publisher(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Harassment Or Workplace Harassment

    This 2004 report is built on the personal experiences of women who have experienced workplace harassment documents the range of harassment behaviours women experience when they enter the workplace. The goal of this report is to identify the range of workplace harassment and violence that women experience and to examine the effects of their experiences. The report also makes recommendations for reducing the risk of harassment and for providing women with support and legal remedies if they are harassed.


  • An Intersectional Approach to Discrimination: Addressing Multiple Grounds in Human Rights Claims

    Year: 2001
    Author(s): Policy and Education Branch
    Publisher(s): Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Concepts And Analysis / Frameworks

    This 2001 discussion paper authored by the Ontario Human Rights Commission introduces an intersectional approach to human rights claims using examples of Charter cases brought before the Supreme Court of Canada. The application of intersectionality to discrimination is also discussed.


  • Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Early Childhood Educators

    Year: 2001
    Author(s): L. Baker, P. Jaffe, K. Moore
    Publisher(s): Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Children’s Exposure

    This user-friendly resource helps Early Childhood Educators learn to identify and support children exposed to domestic violence. Topics include implications for the childcare setting, safety planning, reporting, and accessing community support.


  • Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario, 1974-1994

    Year: 1999
    Author(s): R. Gartner, M. Dawson, M. Crawford
    Publisher(s): Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Femicide

    This 1994 paper reviews major findings from research on women killed by their intimate partners in Ontario. Between 1974 and 1994, killings by intimate partners accounted for between 63% and 76% of all women killed in Ontario. Trends in intimate femicide, characteristics of victims and offenders, circumstances of the killings, and criminal justice responses to offenders are examined. The article also discusses the gender-specific nature of intimate femicides and identifies ways in which intimate partner killings by males and females are distinctly different.


  • Breaking Free: A Proposal for Change to Aboriginal Family Violence

    Year: 1989
    Author(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)
    Publisher(s): Ontario Native Women's Association (ONWA)
    Format: Text Resource
    Topic(s): Intimate Partner Violence/Domestic Violence

    The Breaking Free report identifies the complexities of Indigenous women’s experiences with family violence from Indigenous women’s stories. It highlights the nature and causes, gaps and supports of this issue, and it provides recommendations to combat family violence.