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.

Standards of Care – Ontario Network of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Treatment Centres (2013)

Author(s): Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

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.

Step By Step Engaging Fathers in Programs for Families (2012)

Author(s):  Best Start Resource Centre

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.

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 (2010)

Author(s): Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services

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.

Survivor Voices Inclusion Project (2011)

Author(s): Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses

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.

Survivor Voices – Gaining Insight from Women of Experience (2013)

Author(s): Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)

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.

Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly: Applying Resilience Concepts to Practice with Children and Youth Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (2017)

Author(s): Ramona Alaggia and Melissa Donohue

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.

Taking an Intersectional Approach: How we can Improve Services for Newcomers Experiencing Violence (2012)

Author(s): T Sri Bhaggiyadatta and Springtide Resources

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.

Teacher Guide - Dress Purple Day Classroom Resources (2017)

Author(s): Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

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.

Technology and Woman Abuse Online Training (Ongoing)

Author(s): OAITH

This training from OAITH provides a series of e-presentations that raises awareness of how information and communication technologies can be used to abuse women and their children and how to implement technology safety strategies to minimize this risk of abuse.

Technology Based Violence Against Women: Background Papers and Technical Reports (2013)

Author(s): Learning Network

Compiled in April 2013.  Collection of online resources and publications that discuss Information Communication Technologies in relation to Violence Against Women.

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