Backgrounders

This collection of Learning Network resources is designed to synthesize and disseminate knowledge on topics related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). These resources provide foundational GBV knowledge including commonly used language, important gaps and emerging issues, recent research, and important educational tools and resources.

All original materials produced by the Learning Network are open-access and can be re-used and re-distributed as long as there is proper recognition of the author and/or Learning Network.

Our Backgrounders share practice guidance, essential research facts, and intervention approaches.

Reproductive Coercion Against Intimate Partners: A Violation of Rights (2022)

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.

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Gaslighting in Intimate Relationships: A Form of Coercive Control That You Need to Know More About (2022)

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

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Building the Table: Discussing Tensions of 2SLGBTQIA+ Structural Inclusion Within the GBV Sector (2022)

In this guest editorial, the authors discuss historical and contemporary tensions, explore how a gender binary or cisgender heteronormative victim-perpetrator archetype frame current practices and GBV prevention, and challenge us to think about “building a new table."

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“Stay with them”: Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Share Insights on How Friends and Family Can Help (2021)

This resource amplifies the voices of survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by sharing their advice to family and friends of those who are experiencing IPV.

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“There’s a way out”: Insights from Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (2021)

This resource amplifies the voices of survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) by sharing their advice to those who are experiencing IPV.

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Examining the Intersections of Anti-Asian Racism and Gender-Based Violence in Canada (2021)

This Backgrounder seeks to contribute to the broader understanding of anti-Asian racism and gender-based violence in Canada. It examines the unique experiences of violence and harassment faced by Asian women, the historical background of anti-Asian racism in Canada,  contemporary manifestations of anti-Asian racism and gender-based violence, and harmful impacts of criminal and immigration law which disproportionately affect Asian women in the service and sex industries. The Backgrounder also offers considerations for standing in solidarity with Asian women; supporting them in their resistance against violence, harassment, racism, and sexism; and joining continued efforts to end anti-Asian racism and gender-based violence.

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“More Exposed & Less Protected” in Canada: Racial Inequality as Systemic Violence During COVID-19 (2020)

This Backgrounder provides a broad summary of recent research, reporting, and advocacy on the intersections of racism and COVID-19 in Canada. It seeks to highlight some of the ways that these intersections leave Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) “more exposed and less protected” to harms during the pandemic, with a particular focus on healthcare, labour, and housing. 
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COVID-19 & Gender-Based Violence in Canada: Key Issues and Recommendations (2020)

This document examines how COVID-19 may create pathways and barriers leading to gender-based violence and violence against women and children.  It highlights key recommendations for responding to these issues, with a specific focus on the Canadian context.  

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Keeping Children Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020)

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.

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Keep Children Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation & Abuse During the Pandemic (2020)

This Backgrounder examines potential increased risks for online sexual exploitation and abuse of children during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides strategies for parents to keep children safe.

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7 Facts Everyone Needs To Know About Sibling Violence (2017)

A one-page research snapshot on sibling violence that captures essential facts on this common form of family violence.

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Eight Strategies for Doing the Work: Surfacing the Social Context of Sexual Violence in Therapeutic Settings (2014)

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.  Learning Network Brief 19.

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Research, Monitoring, and Evaluating VAW Social Marketing Campaigns Summary Chart (2014)

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.

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Components of a Modified Logic Model for Reporting on Social Marketing Efforts Template (2014)

This template logic model organizes the evaluation process of a social marketing campaign. The template helps to identify important variables that need to be measured in order to determine the overall effectiveness of the campaign efforts.

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Core Competencies for Domestic Violence Training (2011)

A series of core competencies for domestic violence training were developed through the Knowledge Exchange: Workshop on Domestic Violence Training.  Workshop participants discussed their VAW training projects and offer lessons learned regarding program delivery and evaluation in a series of video interviews.

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