Ontario-Based Resources

This is your go-to place for Ontario-based resources on the continuum of gender-based violence. Specifically, the resources relate to professional training/curriculums and prevention campaigns.

If you know of a resource that belongs on this site, please contact vawln@uwo.ca.

Local Safety Audit Guide: To Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation (2013)

Author(s):  National Crime Prevention Centre

In 2013, the National Crime Prevention Centre, Public Safety Canada, published the local safety audit guide – To Prevent Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation.  The purpose of the guide is to contribute to the development of strategic action plans to prevent human trafficking and exploitation in Canada’s cities and address factors that make particular groups more vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.  Chapters include: Trafficking in Persons – Global and Canadian Context; Conducting a Sound Audit and Developing an Action Plan; and Specific Populations at risk.

Make It Our Business (Ongoing)

The Make It Our Business campaign provides information and education to help employers and other stakeholders (e.g., human resources professionals, security personnel, union reps, co-workers) recognize, respond to, and prevent woman abuse in the workplace. On-the-ground training options are also available to address the varying roles and responsibilities of employers and employees in creating a safe and supportive workplace. This campaign was funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.

Making Connections: When Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems Co-Occur (Ongoing)

Making Connections is a training program on the intersections of domestic violence with mental health and substance use problems.  The program contains a text-based manual, online training modules, an on-site workshop, and a discussion forum that provides an introduction to these issues and concrete tools to help professionals work with women experiencing these complex problems.  The online component contains six interactive modules that can be used with the text manual or on their own; however it is recommended that the manual be used in tandem with the respective online modules.  The online training component also contains a discussion room to pose and answer questions and share resources and ideas.  New users will need to register for the online training.  A contact person is provided to learn about hosting or participating in an accompanying workshop in your community.

Men’s Accountability from Two Voices (2012)

Author(s):  Kate Wiggins, Tim Kelly, Lisa Heslop

Victims of domestic violence are safer when their partners are provided with support to target those dynamic risk factors which contribute to creating heightened risk. Results of a pilot project are presented and a number of risk management strategies are suggested.

Men’s Engagement in Gender-Based Violence Prevention (2014)

Author(s): White Ribbon Campaign

This literature review highlights key conceptual and evaluation approaches to engaging boys and men in gender-based violence prevention.

Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign/ Voisin-es, ami-es et familles/ NFF for Immigrant and Refugee Communities (Ongoing)

The Neighbours, Friends, and Families (NFF) campaign helps people to recognize the signs of woman abuse and learn how to provide support to an at-risk woman or engage with a man who uses abusive behaviours in order to encourage him to seek help. The campaign provides educational resources by way of websites, handbooks, videos, public service announcements, and brochures. The materials are available in 18 languages. The NFF campaign is offered in French and focuses on woman abuse in immigrant and refugee communities. This campaign was funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.

OAITH Foundations of Violence Against Women (VAW) Online Training Program Evaluation (2016)

Author(s):  Linda Baker and Nicole Etherington

The Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses (OAITH) developed an online training course for individuals working or planning to work in the violence against women (VAW) sector, entitled the Foundations of VAW Online Training Course. OAITH requested an external evaluation of the Foundations course to be carried out by the Learning Network. The evaluation contained in this report includes both quantitative and qualitative assessments of participants’ perceived and actual learning from the Foundations course across two groups of participants. Results point to the value of the course in its positive impact on a variety of participant outcomes (e.g. knowledge, attitudes), mapping on to key core competencies for domestic violence training. This is one of the first evaluations to assess an online training course using the core competencies, which represent key aspects of VAW work identified by VAW stakeholders and domestic violence training developers and deliverers.

Online Training Initiative to Address Human Trafficking (Ongoing)

In consultation with subject area experts, service providers, government staff, police and survivors of human trafficking, Multilingual Community Interpreter Services (MCIS) has developed online training and related resources for service providers who support human trafficking victims in Ontario. The training and related resources include: an overview of human trafficking in Canada and Ontario; information on the dynamics of human trafficking; human trafficking indicators; service needs of trafficked persons; unique needs of Aboriginal and Francophone clients; and information on first response, medium and long-term support. The training is also available in French.

Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses Technology and Woman Abuse Online Training (Ongoing)

The Technology and Woman Abuse online training provides a series of e-presentations that raises awareness of how information and communication technologies can be used to abuse women and their children and how to implement technology safety strategies to minimize this risk of abuse. The first module discusses telephone technologies, such as cordless phones, cell phones, and blue tooth. The second module discusses computer technologies including information on the internet and wireless connections. Our Learning Network team completed the training and found it to be very informative and user-friendly. Each module takes approximately half an hour to complete but you are able to complete it at your own pace. The training also provides a number of resources including a technology power and control wheel, technology safety planning with survivors, and a data security checklist. The training is offered by the Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses (OAITH) with the original training materials developed by members of Safety Net – the National Network to End Domestic Violence in the U.S.

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - Learn at Work (Ongoing)

The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants provides numerous free online training programs focusing on various topics related to immigration and violence. Training programs include: Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women through Early Intervention; Family Violence and Refugee and Immigration Law; Family Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee Women: Community Development Strategies; and Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities.