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Violence Prevention resources
Learn more about our work to teach teens about healthy relationships and our reviews in the work of violence prevention.
If you know someone who is experiencing violence, these tips will help you take effective action. This series of tip sheets created by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses. Funding for this project has been provided by AVON Foundation for Women.
Webinar: Internet Safety Workshops for Youth
This webinar presents skills for innovative workshops that address the timely topics of online pornography, internet addiction, sexting, rape culture, and dating relationships in a cyber-world. The primary focus of this webinar isSWOVA Community Development and Research Society’s workshop on online pornography, that provides the tools to have an open dialogue with youth on how this relates to healthy and respectful relationships. These workshops were created as part of SWOVA's Respectful Relationships program, one of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Teen Healthy Relationships Grantees. This webinar is facilitated by Christina Antonick and Kevin Vowles from SWOVA.
Webinar: From Heartbreaking to Groundbreaking – Ending Sex Trafficking in Canada
Women and girls are being trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation inside Canada, to Canada and across Canadian borders. Trafficking is a serious threat to women’s equality and the basic right if every women and girl to live free from violence. It uses force, deception and the abuse of power to recruit women and girls into sexual exploitation. There are many links between sex trafficking – an extreme form of violence against women – and our mission to end violence against women, to help women move out of poverty, and to empower girls.
Diane Redsky, Director of the Canadian Women's Foundation's Anti-Trafficking Strategy hosts this webinar to discuss Sex Trafficking in Canada and the reports developed by that the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada that were, in part, developed to assist the Canadian Women’s Foundation in creating its own five-year national anti-trafficking strategy entitled “From Heartbreaking to Groundbreaking”. It is also hoped the recommendations will inform and offer guidance to other stakeholders working in this area. The National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada consulted with over 260 organizations and 160 Survivors of sex trafficking and produced a report entitled “NO MORE”. We would like to thank the twenty-four experts, survivors and community leaders that made up the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada, and the organizations and survivors who were consulted.
We encourage you to read these important reports, research and voices of Survivors at: http://www.canadianwomen.org/reports/trafficking
Webinar: Marketing 101 – How to achieve maximum impact with minimum resources
In this Marketing 101 webinar you will learn some key insights into cost and time effective ways to raise brand and issue awareness. We will cover some simple tricks you can use on your website, social media, advertising and media relations that can help potential supporters find out about your work, while not costing you an arm and a leg.
This interactive one-hour webinar was facilitated by Sarah Barker, who has over 10 years’ experience in public relations, communications, strategic marketing and event production for a range of music and entertainment projects, charitable organizations and visual arts clients.
Sarah has worked on projects ranging from the production and marketing of a nationally broadcast music awards show to in-house PR and marketing for social services and a world-renowned Toronto health care institute. She is currently the Director, Marketing and Communications at Eva's Initiatives, where she is developing a marketing and brand awareness strategy to raise awareness about youth homelessness. Previously, she worked for the Canadian Women's Foundation, leading the development of campaigns on the issues of violence against women, human trafficking, moving low-income women out of poverty and empowering girls. Sarah graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts and obtained her post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College.
Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women: VAW and the Due Diligence Standard
The Canadian Women's Foundation & the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action hosted the first of our three-part webinar series on “What do international human rights bodies say about murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls?”
In January and March 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released ground‑breaking reports on how Canadian governments are failing to meet their international human rights obligations to respond to violence against Aboriginal women and girls. The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) requested the CEDAW and IACHR investigations that led to these reports. Understanding these reports and knowing how they can help women in our fight to end violence is crucial now.
The first of our three-part webinar series, hosted by Dawn Harvard, President of NWAC and Shelagh Day, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of FAFIA.
Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women: Root Causes & Canada's Failures
The Canadian Women's Foundation & the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action hosted the second of our three-part webinar series on “What are the regional and international legal obligations of the Government of Canada?”
Our presenters will focus on the findings from two international reports - from IACHR and CEDAW – and pay special attention to the regional and international obligations of the Government of Canada.
Background: In January and March 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released ground‑breaking reports on how Canadian governments are failing to meet their international human rights obligations to respond to violence against Aboriginal women and girls. The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) requested the CEDAW and IACHR investigations that led to these reports. Understanding these reports and knowing how they can help women in our fight to end violence is crucial now.
The second of our three-part webinar series, hosted by Dawn Harvard, President of NWAC and Shelagh Day, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of FAFIA.
Responding to Canadian human trafficking: Reporting on consultations with victim services in Canada
This presentation is an overview of existing practices for supporting and protecting of people who have been trafficked in Canada. This webinar is based on the results of a Canadian study with 80 participants.
The webinar is divided into four sections. We discuss the key elements in the introduction of changes in response to trafficking in Canada. Then address some of the issues and challenges in the interventions around trafficking: in particular housing, issues related to immigration status and access to mental health services. These collaborations are essential to ensure a holistic approach in supporting and responding to the needs of survivors. The third section is devoted to Canadian experiences (local, regional and provincial) in the consultation and collaborating. We discuss the opportunities and best practices, as well as the dilemmas and challenges of the consultations. Finally, some recommendations to strengthen the efforts of the various community stakeholders is discussed.
Jill Hanley, Associate Professor at the McGill School of Social Work. Her work focuses on access to social rights for precarious status migrants. She has been engaged in research on human trafficking for the past 15 years.
For a copy of the report go to: http://www.cathii.org/sites/www.cathii.org/files/CATHII_english.pdf
This webinar is presented in English, for the French version go to: https://sas.elluminate.com/site/external/jwsdetect/nativeplayback.jnlp?sid=vclass&psid=2015-11-16.0951.D.309BD253F22388B0D58230CA9AE136.vcr
Webinar: Family Law and Violence Against Women
This webinar introduces participants to the impact of violence within the family on women’s experiences with family court, providing a framework for frontline workers who support women through this process. The webinar provides basic, introductory information about separation violence and its impact on women as family court litigants, legal bullying and court-related safety issues and will touch on intersections between family law and both criminal and immigration law. This webinar is facilitated by Pamela Cross and made possible through collaboration and partnership with Carol Barkwell of Luke’s Place.
Webinar: Strategic Enquiry
This Advocacy School webinar by Sean Moore introduces participants to the many reasons why Strategic Inquiry is an essential early step in developing a practical and pragmatic strategy and plan to marshal one’s advocacy thinking, narratives and resources, build key relationships and ultimately be more effective in influencing decisions of government, large or small.
Webinar: Representation of Youth in Media
Learn more about media literacy workshops on gender stereotypes with presenters Shanna Burns(CAMH) and Ray Hughes (National Education Coordinator, Fourth R). Shanna and Ray presented a three-lesson mini-unit on Gender Stereotypes in the Media developed for the Canadian Women’s Foundation to share with healthy relationship programs and organizations across Canada.
Webinar: Diversity in Youth Programming
Hosted by: Elicia Loiselle (Project Respect, Victoria Sexual Assault Centre), Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement
Elicia Loiselle is queer- and woman-identified White settler who lives and works on Coast and Straits Salish territories (Victoria, BC). She is a youth worker/feminist/activist and is the coordinator of Project Respect. Through Project Respect’s school-based workshops and youth-led social action projects, she works with youth using an intersectional feminist lens to explore and address the interconnectedness of all forms of systemic violence, including: sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, and other forms of marginalization.
Live Chat: Inclusiveness in Youth Programming
A recording of the live e-chat that focused on which groups of students may face barriers to being fully included in your program; real-life examples on how this marginalization has affected your program; scenarios on how you have approached this question in your program, or your favourite role play scenarios and other resources and strategies for developing student-led community actions that focus on marginalization.
Live Chat: Should Healthy Relationship Programs Be Gender-Neutral?
A recording of the live e-chat with members of the Youth Advisory Commitee, Laura Swaine, Coordinator, Healthy Relationships for Youth Program, Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association and Lynda Laushway, Executive Director, SWOVA (R+R).
Authors Lana Wells (Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the University of Calgary and founder of Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence), Casey Boodt and Herb Emery provide a cost estimate of the economic burden caused by domestic violence in Alberta and highlight the importance of preventative programs and initiatives.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation has funded healthy relationship programs for more than fifteen years. This work is a key part of our overall strategy to help women move out of violence, and to prevent violence against women and girls.
The purpose of this report is to assist in the understanding of the violence against women and girls sector and the essential contribution it provides to society; and to review the essential role of the private and public sector in supporting a healthy and productive Canada.
Violence Prevention 2011 reviews
In 2011, the Canadian Women's Foundation conducted a review of our work in the area of violence prevention. The goal of the review process is to continue to enrich and enhance our long-term strategy for preventing violence against women. The following scans were produced within the framework of the review process in order to inform the Canadian Women's Foundation and stakeholders on the current issues affecting the sector.
Report on the Pan-Canadian Focus Groups
Prepared by: DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) Canada
Violence prevention review
Prepared by: Vecova
Scan and report
Prepared by: Manon Lamontagne
Prepared by: BC Society of Transition Houses
An Evaluation of the Teen Violence Prevention Program
Prepared by: Leslie M. Tutty
Prepared by: Canadian Network of Women's shelters & transition houses