The Learning Network

Mobilizing knowledge to end gender-based violence

The Learning Network is a valuable source of evidence-informed resources for individuals, service providers, and organizations working to end violence against women and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV).


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Rethinking Child Welfare Services: Trauma-Informed Approaches

This presentation focused on the application of trauma-informed principles in the child welfare context by introducing the Attachment, Affect Regulation, and Competence (ARC; Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2019) systemic model, an evidence-based approach to supporting victims, their parents/caregivers, and the workers who work with them. A case study was presented to highlight the practical application of this model.


Understanding the Extreme Intoxication Defence: A Brief by Elizabeth Sheehy

Feminist lawyer Elizabeth Sheehy responds to some of the most frequently asked questions on the extreme intoxication defence. Her responses help to clarify this complex issue; highlight implications for women, women’s rights, and gender-based violence service providers; and suggest actions to assist in legal reform.


Reproductive Coercion Against Intimate Partners: A Violation of Rights

Reproductive coercion in intimate relationships is a form of coercive control. It involves removing an individual’s autonomy to make decisions about their health, body, and sexual activity. Reproductive coercion denies an individual of human rights. This Backgrounder shares 3 forms of reproductive coercion and associated tactics.


The Supreme Court of Canada’s Extreme Intoxication Decisions: Why We Should Care

This presentation looked at the recent legal changes connected to the “extreme intoxication” defence and its implications for survivors of crime. What does this ruling mean for survivors of gender-based violence, such as sexual and intimate partner violence, or hate-based crimes?

Gaslighting  in Intimate Relationships A Form of Coercive Control That You Need to Know More About

Gaslighting in Intimate Relationships: A Form of Coercive Control That You Need to Know More About

This resource describes gaslighting and what it can look like in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV), examines potential impacts on survivors, and offers strategies for survivors experiencing gaslighting.


Unravelling the Complexities of Domestic Violence and Criminalization in Black Women’s Lives

This workshop identified trauma and violence informed frameworks that are both relevant and responsive to the intersecting realities in Black women’s lives. It offered strategies to help foster cross-sector and multi-disciplinary collaborations to expand and enhance initiatives and institutional responses to support Black women who are victimized and criminalized.