Resources on Gender-Based Violence and the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webpage is a centralized hub for resources related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and the COVID-19 pandemic. It shares the work of organizations across Canada, as well as key international research.

Recommended public health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 such as social/physical distancing and the closure of non-essential services may increase exposure to violence (e.g. intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment), in addition to changing the landscape of support-seeking.

We hope this hub of resources will contribute to the ongoing work of preventing and responding to GBV during the pandemic by sharing high quality information and innovative strategies to support those experiencing or at risk of experiencing GBV.

We will continue to update this webpage as further resources become available and share resources through our social media (Facebook and Twitter).

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Violence Against Women

3 Considerations for Supporting Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Learning Network

This infographic offers three considerations to help women, and those supporting women, to increase their safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Global Pandemic: Violence Against Women
Women’s College Research Institute and Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres  
This infographic shares information on why domestic violence may escalate or worsen during COVID-19.  

Addressing a Global Pandemic within a Global Pandemic
Canadian Science Policy Centre
This editorial provides information on intimate partner violence during COVID-19 and offers suggested interventions. 

COVID-19 and Safety Risks for Young Women
Women's Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre (WMRCC)
This document shares information about how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact young women experiencing violence and provides guidance on developing a safety plan.

COVID-19 and Violence Against Women: What the Health Sector/System Can Do
World Health Organization
This short document provides some key information about what the health sector and individuals can do to prevent and address violence against women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
UN Women
This brief highlights emerging evidence of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on violence against women and girls. It makes recommendations to be considered by all sectors of society for preventing and responding to violence against women and girls at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis. It also provides examples of actions already taken.

Identifying & Mitigating Gender-Based Violence Risks within the COVID-19 Response
GBV Guidelines

This tipsheet identifies key sector-specific GBV risks that are believed likely to occur and/or be exacerbated during the COVID-19 response, along with recommendations on how to mitigate these risks. It is meant to be a living document and intended to be updated frequently as new information and promising practice emerges from the field.

Intimate Partner Violence in a Pandemic: COVID-19-Related Controlling Behaviours
Learning Network
This infographic shares how the control and intimidation tactics already used by partners who cause harm can be compounded by the use of COVID-19-related controlling behaviours. 

Keeping Youth Safe Online During COVID-19
Victim Services of Durham Region
This video provides information on potential risks faced by youth online during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides tips for parents on how to talk to their children and keep them safe online.

Online and ICT Facilitated Violence Against Women and Girls During COVID-19
UN Women

This brief highlights emerging trends and impacts of COVID-19 on online and ICT facilitated violence against women and girls, in addition to providing examples of strategies to prevent and respond to this violence.

Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children
Center for Global Development
This working paper documents nine main (direct and indirect) pathways linking pandemics and violence against women and children. It also includes eight policy and program responses for action by governments, civil society, international and community-based organizations.

Social Distancing? Safety Tips for Women Living with an Abusive Partner
Luke's Place
This webpage offers safety planning tips for women who live with a partner who inflicts harm.

Supporting Victims of Family Violence & Abuse During COVID-19
Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
This tipsheet provides suggestions on supporting individuals who have experienced family violence and abuse, including how to open up the conversation and what to do and not do when someone discloses.

Unsafe at Home: Domestic Abuse in the Age of COVID-19
Violence Prevention Avalon East 
This website features a number of resources including How to Spot Signs of Abusive Behaviour During COVID-19, I’m Isolated With My Abuser. What Should I Do?, and Helping Loved Ones Experiencing Domestic Abuse During COVID-19. 

Violence Against Women Sector Survey: Impacts of COVID-19
Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (WomanACT)

This sector survey was open between April 6 to April 10, 2020 and received 60 responses about how Violence Against Women sector organizations are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Maltreatment

Child Welfare and Pandemics Information Sheet
Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto
This information sheet focuses on potential policy solutions that could mitigate the impact of the pandemic on children in the care of Canada’s child welfare system.

Child Welfare and Pandemics Literature Scan
Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute of Human Development, University of Toronto
This literature scan identifies and synthesizes existing literature examining the effects of pandemics and the identification of policy solutions to mitigate their effects on a well-defined group of Canada’s population—children in the care of Canada’s child welfare system.

Children, Youth & COVID-19
Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
This resource list includes educational, mental health, and entertainment-based options for helping children, youth, and caregivers cope during COVID-19.

Children and Youth Living with Family Violence During the COVID-19 Crisis
The University of British Columbia
This support tool is intended to help educators, counsellors, administrators, and others in their virtual communication and outreach to children and youth.

Keeping Children Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Learning Network
This backgrounder shares important considerations and strategies for keeping children who may be at an increased risk of experiencing abuse or maltreatment safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule for Youth
Women's Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre (WMRCC)
This time capsule provides youth with the opportunity to reflect on and document what they are going through during the pandemic.

Technical Note: Protection of Children During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
This brief presents the potential child protection risks that COVID-19 can pose to children and makes suggestions for further ways to protect children.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention & Community Care During COVID-19
Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association 
This zine shares suggestions on how we can work together in our communities, families, and friend groups to break the silence on gender-based violence. 

Calling All Family and Friends of Families Experiencing Violence at Home
Futures Without Violence
This resource shares eight different ways to help children and adults living with violence.

Take a Stand Against Family Violence and Abuse: Support During the COVID-19 Crisis
Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter 
This re-occurring webinar focuses on supporting individuals and families during this time of crisis. Participants learn how to identify family violence and abuse in all its forms, ways to respond compassionately and positively to victims, and how to connect victims to resources. 

Engaging Men and Boys

Corona Crisis: Survival Kit for Men Under Pressure
MenCare Switzerland
This survival kit was made to support men in staying calm during the Corona crisis It includes 10 suggestions on dealing with stress.

DRAFT Adaptation of the European Network Guidelines for Working Responsibly with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic for Consideration by United States Perpetrator Programs
European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Global Rights for Women, Pathways to Family Peace, and Family Violence Project of Maine
This draft guide for United States domestic violence perpetrator programs is an adaptation of the guidelines prepared by the European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.  It provides questions for perpetrator programs to consider in attempt to work with perpetrators of domestic violence responsibly during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Men, Masculinities and COVID-19: Actions, Resources, and Connecting Online
MenEngage Alliance
This page brings together resources, tools, and advocacy activities relevant to those working to transform masculinities and engage men and boys for gender justice during times of COVID-19.

Working with Men Remotely: Key Insights
No to Violence
This webpage shares key tips for those who are contacting men to talk about family violence.

Working with Perpetrators during the COVID-19 Crisis: Lessons from Europe
European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence, Global Rights for Women, Pathways to Family Peace, and Family Violence Project of Maine
This webinar shares information on the type of work to do with perpetrators of domestic violence during COVID-19 and reviews guidelines for working with perpetrators during the COVID-19 crisis.

WWP EN Update on Guidelines for Working with Perpetrators Currently Enrolled in Programs During the COVID-19 Crisis
European Network for the Work with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
This document shares guidelines tailored to the special circumstances perpetrator programmes are in because of COVID-19.

Family Courts

COVID-19 Webinar: Supporting Women with Family Violence & Family Law Issues
Luke’s Place
This webinar looks at family law, family court, and safety issues for women leaving abusive relationships while COVID-19 containment measures are in place.

Family Law & Domestic Violence
Samra Zafar
This webinar involves a conversation initiated by Samra Zafar with Michael Stangarone and William Abbott, partners at MacDonald & Partners LLP. It sheds light on women's rights under family law, especially when there is domestic violence involved.

How to Deal with Urgent Family Matters in the Provincial Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic
YWCA Metro Vancouver
This webpage shares how women experiencing intimate partner violence in British Columbia can have an urgent matter heard during this pandemic.

Supporting Women to Access Family Law Supports During COVID-19
Luke’s Place
This webpage shares up-to-date information about what family law services and supports are available across Ontario at this time.

Gendered and Intersectional Impacts

An Intersectional Approach to COVID-19 She-Covery
YWCA Toronto
This document identifies that diverse communities of women in Canada face a range of risks during this pandemic and that these differing experiences must be accounted for in a meaningful way and centrally inform recovery planning.

Beyond Sex and Gender Analysis: An Intersectional View of the COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak and Response
The University of Melbourne and Queen Mary University of London
This policy brief illustrates the importance of an intersectional approach in understanding and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. It also contains a list of recommended actions that policymakers, support workers, and researchers can take in their response efforts.

Building Bridges, Not Walking on Backs: A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for COVID-19
Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women
This document represents a living and evolving agenda for a feminist COVID-19 response and recovery and therefore is not exhaustive, definitive, or exclusively representative but highlights key and emerging principles and recommendations.

COVID-19 and the Canadian Workforce: Reforming EI to Protect More Workers
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
This paper examines how well protected Canadian workers are now and what else could and should be done to protect workers facing prolonged economic uncertainty from the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 at the Intersection of Gender and Disability: Findings of a Global Human Rights Survey, March to April 2020
Women Enabled International
This report shares findings from a survey of one hundred women, non-binary, and trans persons with disabilities across the globe on concerns they had about healthcare, violence, support services, income, and education during the COVID-19 crisis. It provides recommendations to States, U.N. agencies, healthcare systems, and violence service providers about how to ensure that issues at the intersection of gender and disability are included in COVID-19 responses moving forward.

Gendered Impacts of Coronavirus
Canadian Women’s Foundation
This blog shares some interrelated gendered impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence
Courage to Act
This resource lists some of the ways gender-based violence is enacted and exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare
African American Policy Forum (AAPF)
This webinar series hosts events that bring together artists, activists, thought leaders, scholars, service-providers, and others on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

Why COVID-19 is a Disaster for Gender Equality
Consent Comes First Office, Ryerson University
This webinar reviews how the pandemic impacts women and shares ways we can all navigate this historically challenging time.

Housing and Homelessness

Conversation on COVID-19 and Women's Homelessness
The Shift
This video features MP Leah Gazan, Leilani Farha, Dr. Kaitlin Schwan, and Anjum Sultana coming together for a conversation on COVID-19 and women's homelessness in Canada.

Guidance for Providers of Services for People Experiencing Homelessness (in the Context of COVID-19)
Government of Canada
This webpage provides recommendations for the homelessness-serving sector (including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers) in response to the pandemic.

Pandemic Planning: How Can My Agency Prepare for the Potential Spread of Coronavirus?
Homeless Hub
This blog shares what homelessness agencies and sectors need to know to make a COVID-19 plan. It focuses on developing plans that are considerate of the needs of persons experiencing homelessness, yet flexible enough to adapt to changing conditions.

Promising Practice Examples for Transitional Housing Programs Responding to Pandemic
BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH)
This document shares promising practices to take during the pandemic in the context of transition houses.

Immigrant and Refugee Communities

Are You or Do You Know A Woman Without Residency Status Who Is Fleeing Violence?
Ending Violence Association of BC
This tipsheet offers information and resources for women without residency status who are fleeing domestic violence and navigating many systems.

Indigenous Communities

Indigenous Wellbeing in the Times of COVID-19: Four Directions Virtual Support Hub
Women’s College Hospital Centre for WISE Practices in Indigenous Health
This hub includes resources to support Indigenous wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maintaining the Health and Well-Being of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children and Teens During COVID-19
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)
This brief fact sheet provides information for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis parents and caregivers to support the health and well-being of Indigenous children and teens during this pandemic.

Traditional Indigenous Kinship Practices at Home: Being Child-Centered during the Pandemic
Indigenous Motherhood
A website post on the impacts of colonial structures on Indigenous kinship systems, and strategies to maintain traditional Indigenous kinship practices at home during the pandemic. 

Webinar on COVID19 and Indigenous Communities
Indigenous Climate Action Network
This webinar brings together Indigenous health experts to speak on keeping Indigenous Peoples and communities healthy during this time.

LGBTQ2S Communities

COVID-19 Resource List
LGBT YouthLine
This resource list has been compiled by volunteers and Board members at YouthLine to support 2SLGBTQ youth across Ontario.

LGBTQI2S Mental Health Tips during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This tipsheet provides suggestions and resources for grounding oneself during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuck in Quarantine with your Homophobic or Transphobic Family?
This guide shares tips on what to do for individuals who are quarantined with their homophobic or transphobic family.

Supporting Trans Persons Experiencing Violence
Women’s College Research Institute and Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres 
This infographic shares information on rates of domestic violence against trans persons and how those rates may increase due to COVID-19-related stress.  


COVID-19: Emotional Self-Care
The 519
This website shares support resources including pieces on Grounding Techniques, Understanding the Impacts of Trauma, and Understanding Consent.

Information and Resources to Support Parents during COVID-19
BC Society of Transition Houses
This document contains a compiled list of links, resources, and supports to help parents during the pandemic with issues such as co-parenting, homeschooling, childcare and more.

Self-Care During COVID-19
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence
This activity book is meant to guide self-care practices as we get through COVID-19 together.

Self-Care StrategiesBarbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
This webpage shares self-care strategies to help manage stress and anxiety while social distancing or in isolation. Strategies included support at home-crisis management, self-soothing, building a routine, and staying safe. 

Sexual Violence

COVID-19, Pandemics and Gender: OCRCC Statement
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)
This statement shares how recommendations to support public health and safety, like social distancing, can create unique risks for those at risk of experiencing violence and unique access barriers for any and all survivors of violence.

Sexual Violence and COVID-19
Learning Network
This infographic shares some of the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting sexual violence.

Technology and Remote Workplaces

Digital Service Considerations for BC's Anti-Violence Programs
BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH)
This webinar shares best practices and privacy and security considerations for BC's anti-violence workers in using technology to support program participants during a public health crisis.

Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
This infographic reviews 10 tips for online meeting etiquette.

Strategies for Remote Work to Address Gender-Based Violence
Courage to Act
This webpage offers suggestions and resources for people working in post-secondary institutions about meeting the emerging needs of campus community members affected by gender-based violence.


What can Employers and Companies do During the COVID-19 Crisis?
DV@Work Network
This briefing aims to raise awareness and start a conversation about the heightened risks of domestic violence during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Their focus is on the implications of the shift to working remotely/teleworking from home, rather than going into a physical workplace every day.

Domestic Violence and Work Safety Strategies and Plans During the COVID-19 Crisis
DV@Work Network
This briefing looks at domestic violence and work-related safety strategies and plans during the COVID-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Crisis and Work-Related Domestic Violence Supports in the Longer-Term
DV@Work Network
This briefing discusses the need for longer-term changes in policy and practice to provide greater safety to those who experience domestic violence. It is grounded in the belief that the crisis has opened up a possibility to develop new thinking and solutions to the problems we confront during this crisis and post-crisis.