Become a Signal for Help Responder
The risk of gender-based violence has increased during the pandemic, and the necessary safety restrictions have made it harder for those in abusive situations to reach out for help. In response, the Foundation has launched the Signal for Help, a silent hand signal that can be used in a video call without leaving a digital trace. But it’s also critical that as many people as possible know how to respond and support someone who gives the Signal.
That’s why the Canadian Women’s Foundation created the Signal for Help Responder’s Action Guide. This tool helps loved ones, friends, coworkers, and neighbours recognize abuse, and helps them respond with supportive, stigma-free conversations.
Download the Action Guide
Social Media and Sexual Assault
This collaborative project between the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the McGill iMPACTS project investigates the connections between social media and action for social change in the context of sexual assault on Canadian post-secondary campuses.
Social Change and Mobilizing Change for Community Impacts: Literature Review, 2022
Social Change and Mobilizing Change for Community Impacts: Results Report, 2022
Webinar: Building Campus Activism: Students Organizing Against Gender-Based Violence
Teen Healthy Relationships
Leading for Change: National Evaluation of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Teen Healthy Relationships Program (2013-2017)
Healthy Relationships 101: An Overview of School-Based Healthy Relationships Programs (2012)
Teen Healthy Relationship Programming: National Learning Strategy (2013)
Healthy Relationships: Preventing teen dating violence (2011)
Sexual Exploitation/Trafficking: Essential Learnings from the Grassroots
Anti-Trafficking Grants Program Evaluation Summary 2016-2021
The Canadian Women’s Foundation addresses the conditions that make sexual exploitation/trafficking possible in Canada, including gender injustice, poverty, precarious housing and homelessness, racism, and the impacts of colonialization and intergenerational trauma. These systemic factors form the root causes of all forms of gender-based violence. This summary is based on a multi-year evaluation of these programs’ learnings and impacts, conducted by InsideOut Policy Research.
Violence Prevention 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.
Women with Disabilities and Abuse: Access to Supports (2011)
Prepared by: DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada
Violence Against Women with Disabilities – Violence Prevention Review (2011)
Prepared by: Vecova
Violence Against Aboriginal Women: Scan & Report (2011)
Prepared by: Manon Lamontagne
Report on Violence Against Women, Mental Health and Substance Use (2011)
Prepared by: BC Society of Transition Houses
Scan on Funding Policy Initiatives to Respond to VAW (2011)
Prepared by: Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses
If you know someone who is experiencing violence, these tips will help you take effective action. This series of tip sheets was 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.