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.

Woman Abuse: Child Welfare & VAW shelter/counselling agencies working towards better outcomes for families (2014)

Author(s): Interval House Hamilton & Niagara

This one hour, online training was developed by Interval House Hamilton & Niagara. It examines the Children’s Aid Society and Violence Against Women collaborative agreement; dynamics of abuse; relationship violence; risk assessment; signs of safety; engagement and assessment with men who are abusive, mothers, and children; and guiding practices with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families.  It was developed to assist CAS and VAW workers in collaborating and support families experiencing violence.  It is accompanied by the booklet Critcal Connections: Where Woman Abuse and Child Safety Intersect A Practical Guide for Child Welfare Professionals in Ontario (http://www.oacas.org/pubs/critical_connections.pdf).

Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario, 1974-1994 (1999)

Author(s): Rosemary Gartner, Myrna Dawson, Maria Crawford

This 1994 paper reviews major findings from research on women killed by their intimate partners in Ontario. Between 1974 and 1994, killings by intimate partners accounted for between 63% and 76% of all women killed in Ontario. Trends in intimate femicide, characteristics of victims and offenders, circumstances of the killings, and criminal justice responses to offenders are examined. The article also discusses the gender-specific nature of intimate femicides and identifies ways in which intimate partner killings by males and females are distinctly different.

Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis families who have experienced family violence: A Practice Guide for Child Welfare Professionals (2012)

Author(s): Catalyst Research and Communications, Joan Riggs

This practice guide is a stand-alone guide that provides tools for child welfare professionals working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis families to assess allegations of maltreatment in the context of family violence. This guide will support child welfare professionals to develop: personal knowledge and understanding of their own worldview and that of others; skills and abilities when working with Aboriginal families and communities; and ability to be an advocate to support systemic change both in child welfare and more broadly in the province.

Workplace Harassment and Violence (2004)

Author(s): Jacquie Carr, Audrey Huntley, Barbara MacQuarrie, and Sandy Welsh

This 2004 report is built on the personal experiences of women who have experienced workplace harassment documents the range of harassment behaviours women experience when they enter the workplace. The goal of this report is to identify the range of workplace harassment and violence that women experience and to examine the effects of their experiences. The report also makes recommendations for reducing the risk of harassment and for providing women with support and legal remedies if they are harassed.

Yourchoice.to (2018)

Author(s): Toronto Police Service

This 2018 website by the Toronto Police Service includes information for or sex assault survivors looking for support and if they choose, information on how to report incidents to police. The Frequently Asked Questions and information sections about consent, your rights and reporting is available in 12 different languages.

“Take the Story, Take the Needs, and Do Something”: Grassroots Women’s Priorities for Community-Based Participatory Research and Action on Homelessness (2012)

Author(s): Emily Paradis & Janet Mosher

This 2012 project grew out of a sense that while many CBPR projects addressing women and homelessness existed in communities across the country, information about these activities was not widely known. Hence one of the goals of the project was to create an inventory of such projects as a first step in knowledge exchange and potential networking among project actors.