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.

Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (Ongoing)

The Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) was established in 2002 in response to recommendations from two major public inquests into the domestic homicides of Arlene May and Gillian Hadley by their former male intimate partners.  The purpose of the committee is to assist the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario in investigating and reviewing deaths that occur in the context of intimate partner violence and form recommendations to help prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.  The DVDRC publishes an annual report that highlights statistics on domestic homicide in the province, outlines cases reviewed by the committee and recommendations that came out of the review, and highlights any major themes around education, intervention and prevention.

Outside of the Shadows: A Project on Criminal Harassment in Canada (2017)

Author(s): Julie Lalonde and Ambivalently Yours

For this 2017 video, Julie S. Lalonde partnered with artist Ambivalently Yours to create resources for victims/survivors of stalking and their allies.

Overcoming Barriers and Enhancing Supportive Responses: The Research on Sexual Violence Against Women. A Resource Document (2012)

Author(s): Linda Baker, Marcie Campbell & Anna-Lee Straatman

This review of the literature on sexual violence flows from the Ontario government’s Sexual Violence Action Plan: Changing Attitudes, Changing Lives. The goal was to create a resource document to support the development of introductory training on sexual violence, including supportive responses to victims/survivors who disclose experiences of sexual violence. Topics covered include: understanding sexual violence; rape myths; consequences experienced by survivors; barriers to disclosure; safe and supportive responses to disclosures.

PACT-Ottawa Local Safety Audit Report: Towards the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and Related Exploitation in the Ottawa Area (2013)

Author(s): PACT-Ottawa

This guide was developed by the Department of Public Safety Canada to assess the nature and scope of sex trafficking and to develop an action plan tailored specifically to local context.  In March 2013, Status of Women Canada funded a project by PACT-Ottawa aimed at building partnerships and collaboration between community stakeholders for the purpose of identifying and responding to the specific needs of victims of sex trafficking in the Ottawa area.  The findings from the project helped to devise a plan of four main actions outlined in this guide: 1) public awareness; 2) training; 3) education and empowerment; and 4) outreach and partnership.

Paramedic Response to Violence Against Women (Ongoing)

The Sunnybrook – Osler Centre for Prehospital Care has developed online training for emergency first responders. The first initiative, the "Paramedic Response to Violence Against Women" is available to paramedics and paramedic students in community colleges across Ontario. With the support of the Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services Ontario (AMEMSO), the training provides a realistic experience and practical skills to better identify, respond and support suspected victims.

Pathways and trajectories linking housing instability and poor health among low-income women experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV): Toward a conceptual framework (2016)

Author(s): Nihaya Daoud, Flora Matheson, Cherul Pedersen, Sarah Hamilton-Wright, Anita Minh, Janice Zhang, Patricia O-Campo

This paper presents findings from a study looking at pathways and trajectories to housing instability and poor health among low-income women with experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) living in Ontario, Canada. Women in the study experienced pathways and trajectories differently. One key finding was that stable housing was critical to stabilizing health in the women.

Pet Safety and Women: Options for women with pets leaving abusive situations (2018)

Author(s):  OAITH

There has long been a connection to violence against women and violence against pets or companion animals. Women who experience gender based domestic violence are less likely to leave the violent situation if there is a pet or companion animal in the home. Reasons for this include fear for the animal’s safety; fear of harm, violence or worse perpetrated on the animal, which are often used as threats by abusers. This 2018 document written by OAITH is an information tool with multiple options that shelters may choose and consider, based always on the needs of the women they serve, their internal capacity, and resources.

Policy on Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment (2011)

Author(s): Ontario Human Rights Commission

In 2011, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a new policy regarding sexual and gender-based harassment mainly in areas of employment, housing and education.  The overall objective of the policy was to help make people aware of their rights, roles and responsibilities around sexual and gender-based harassment.  The policy defines sexual harassment in general and sexual harassment in employment, housing and education; provides practices to address sexual harassment; discusses evidentiary issues; outlines how employers, housing providers, and educators can respond to and prevent sexual harassment; and examines human rights protection against sexual harassment such as the Ontario Human Rights Code and other international protections.

Positive Spaces Initiative (Ongoing)

The Positive Spaces Initiative was developed by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) to share resources and increase organizational capacity across the sector to more effectively serve LGBTQ newcomers.  Positive Spaces are welcoming environments for LGBTQ+ newcomers to access culturally inclusive services and where service providers can work free from discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  The Positive Spaces starter kit was developed to bring greater visibility to the specific needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ newcomers and staff.  The kit is comprised of fact sheets and stories drawn from interviews with LGBTQ+ newcomers, staff and allies.  The kit contains tips for supporting clients, a glossary of terms, understanding human rights, tips and tools for making an agency a positive space, and resources.

Preventing and Reducing Violence Against Young Women on Post-secondary Campuses: A Best Practices Guide (2012)

Author(s): Interim Place and the University of Toronto Mississauga

This Best Practices Guide was developed through the CampUS Safety Project, initiated by Interim Place and the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).  The CampUS Safety Project is a two year project which began in 2012 with the purpose of enhancing opportunities for UTM to actively prevent and reduce violence against young women and support measures to address violence against young women on campus.  The project was funded by Status of Women Canada.  Using a gender-based analysis, the CampUS Safety Project engaged young people attending UTM and UTM staff to get their thoughts on campus safety and young women’s perceptions of safety; the prevalence of violence against women both on and off campus; and how UTM can prevent and reduce violence against young women.  This Guide provides best practices and recommendations based on the experience of the CampUS Safety Project.