Knowledge Exchanges


Violence Against Women and Traumatic Brain Injury

This Forum will present emerging research on and promising practices for supporting self-identified women who have experienced Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and/or Sexual Violence (SV) related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). It will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Toronto.


Sexual Violence & Consent

In this one-day Forum, we discussed the role of marginalization, power imbalances, privilege and accompanying notions of entitlement, and the many ways in which social disparities inform “consent” and patterns of sexual violence. This Forum was live-streamed across Canada on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.


Gender diversity in the Violence Against Women Sector

Recognizing the need to explore and understand the key issues surrounding gender diversity within an integrated and inclusive VAW sector, the Learning Network organized a Knowledge Exchange for invited participants to share experiences, enhance knowledge, identify barriers, and develop recommendations for moving forward. The Knowledge Exchange was held on November 14, 2016 and was attended by participants including survivors of violence, researchers, service providers, front-line workers, educators, and more.

Exploring the Intersection of Domestic Violence & Sexual Violence

The purpose of this Knowledge Exchange was to create mutual learning through interaction between researchers and those involved in SV/DV practice. The day was designed so that research presentations provided the context for ensuing discussion which gave space to community advocates to bring their perspectives and reflect on the implications of what researchers are finding and the work that they are doing. The Knowledge Exchange was held on February 24, 2016.


Intimate Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities

The Learning Network convened a Knowledge Exchange on Intimate Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities on November 13 and 14, 2014.  The goal was to discuss issues that arose out of the collective experience and wisdom of the participants, to learn from the research, and to discuss potential next steps for training and education campaigns, community services, and for future research on IPV in rainbow communities. 

Social Marketing in the Prevention of Violence Against Women

The Learning Network hosted a Knowledge Exchange on October 29 and 30, 2014 about Social Marketing in the Prevention of Violence Against Women. Social Marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviours that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good. Social Marketing practice is guided by ethical principles. It seeks to integrate research, best practice, theory, audience and partnership insight, to inform the delivery of competition sensitive and segmented social change programmes that are effective, efficient, equitable and sustainable.


Violence Against Women & Children’s Aid Society Collaboration

The Learning Network hosted a Forum on September 19, 2013 on VAW and CAS collaboration.  The focus was on keeping children and mothers safe and engaging men who use abusive behaviours.  The learning objectives included: understanding the issue within a gender-based analysis; identifying principles and practice strategies for engaging men who use violence; identifying risk factors and potential assessment tools for evaluating child risk in the context of domestic violence; and identifying promising practices in VAW and CAS collaboration.

Human Trafficking

On March 5, 2013, the Learning Networked hosted a Knowledge Exchange on Human Trafficking. Human trafficking is a serious human rights violation and a clandestine crime. It is perpetrated primarily against women and children, and involves the recruitment, transportation or harboring of persons for the purpose of exploitation. The consequences of this gendered violence are devastating.

The present stage of its recognition and intervention emphasize the need for relevant information and resources for community stakeholders working to prevent human trafficking, to protect those affected, and to hold perpetrators accountable.