Ontario-Based Resources

This is your go-to place for Ontario-based resources on the continuum of gender-based violence. Specifically, the resources relate to professional training/curriculums and prevention campaigns.

If you know of a resource that belongs on this site, please contact vawln@uwo.ca.

Campus Safety Audits Services (2014)

Author(s): Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) in partnership with the Council of Ontario Universities (COU)

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.

Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence (2011)

Author(s): White Ribbon Campaign

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.

Family Court Support Workers Training and Resources (Ongoing)

Author(s): Luke’s Place

Luke’s Place provides important online resources to family court advocates in Ontario. This information is intended for service providers assisting a woman who has experienced violence as she moves through the family court process.

Materials include resources and information about family court process, family law, common issues that arise for women involved with family court and safety planning.

Also included are resources for women, such as a checklist to assist women in gathering evidence of the abuse they have experienced, information about online resources to assist women in completing court documents, regular announcements and updates and links to other related online resources and training opportunities.

Family Well-Being Program (Ongoing)

Author(s): Ontario Government

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.

Femicide in Ontario (Ongoing)

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.

Game Changer: Evaluating “What It Is”, a game challenging sexual violence against youth (2014)

Author(s): METRAC

“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.

Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin - I Am a Kind Man (Ongoing)

Author(s): Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres

Designed and delivered by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (I Am a Kind Man) program is engaging Indigenous men and boys to end violence against Indigenous women in their communities. With an investment of $5.4 million over three years, the province is expanding the program from five to 26 total friendship centres across Ontario, offering violence prevention workshops, peer counselling and healing programming to foster community wellness. Once fully implemented, the Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin expansion will reach 600 Indigenous men and boys with public education and culturally relevant counselling each year.

Learning Network Sexual Violence Forum: Video Resources (2018)

View videos of the proceedings from the Learning Network's 2018 Sexual Violence Forum: What Really Informs Consent?

In this one-day Forum, we 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.

Literature Review: Using Technology to Better Support Survivors (2018)

Author(s): Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)

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
Little Eyes, Little Ears. How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow (2007)

Author(s): Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker

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.