The Learning Network is an initiative based at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.

Our Purpose: to increase the effectiveness and reach of public education and professional training materials developed to address violence against women (VAW).

Our Roots are based in the work and innovation of the Domestic Violence Advisory Council (DVAC). In the DVAC’s 2009 report, they recommended the development of a Learning Network. 

Our Mandate is to cover the continuum of violence against women, including sexual and domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking, and the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children. The Learning Network will function primarily in English and we will explore ways to share research, information and promising practices with the French Language Training Institute on Violence Against Women. We will ensure that the principles of diversity, equity and accessibility, as well as a strong gender analysis, are evident in all of our work.

Our Work will undertake a range of objectives and activities. For instance, we will

  • identify gaps, emerging issues and best practices on VAW prevention;
  • research, collect and promote effective public education and professional training materials, resources, and methods for those working on issues of VAW;
  • research, collect and promote models for evaluation of training and public education on issues of VAW;
  • provide leadership in the development and maintenance of a network of professionals working to improve training and public education on the prevention of VAW;
  • enhance and maintain an electronic clearinghouse where information and resources on effective training and public education initiatives are posted in a user-friendly and accessible format;
  • work with the VAW experts to develop a lexicon of common VAW terms to use in professional training and public education materials;
  • host meetings and events to bring together professionals to identify core competencies and standards of practice, share innovative approaches, develop evaluation frameworks, and identify emerging needs;
  • create and disseminate an electronic newsletter four times per year.