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.

Preventing Teen Dating Violence: An Evaluation of the Teen Violence Prevention Program (2011)

Author(s): Leslie Tutty

In 2011, the Canadian Women’s Foundation published a report on an evaluation of four best practices in dating violence/healthy relationships curricula used in Canadian schools: 1) Saltspring Islands’ Respectful Relationship Program; 2) The Fourth R (based in London, Ontario); 3) Making Waves/Vague par vague (based in New Brunswick); and 4) Healthy Relationships for Youth (based in Antigonish, Nova Scotia). The purpose of the evaluation was to assess whether these programs have an impact on youth in the long-term and whether participants found the information useful and have used the skills they learned in either their own relationships or to help friends and/or family. The results indicated that the majority of students felt they gained a significant amount of knowledge after completing the program; the materials were useful, informative, and relatable; including youth or peer facilitators was a major benefit of the programs; many of the students used the skills they were taught in their dating relationships and to support family and/or friends; and student participants felt that the programs had long-term benefits such as developing relationship and conflict resolution skills, becoming more confident, staying out of trouble, making the right choices, and learning how to get out of an unhealthy relationship.

Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls through Male Engagement: Exploring a National Evaluation Framework (2013)

Author(s): White Ribbon Canada

White Ribbon Canada has released a framework for the evaluation of efforts to engage men and boys in ending gender-based violence.  In October 2013, White Ribbon began coordinating a National Community of Practice comprising of organizations with projects funded by Status of Women Canada’s “Working Together: Engaging Communities to End Violence Against Women and Girls.” Together we are building a National Community of Practice focused on sharing lessons learned, challenges and enabling factors in engaging men and boys for gender-based violence prevention.  The following organizations contributed to the development of the national evaluation framework: Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters (ACWS), Broadway Neighbourhood Centre, Centre d’accueil et d’accompagnement francophone des immigrants du Sud-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick (CAFI), Changing Ways, Chrysalis House Association, Les EssentiElles, Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and Students Commission of Canada.  The evaluation framework will provide guidance for organizations seeking to clarify intended impacts and outcomes resulting from gender-based violence prevention programming. The framework offers sample indicators across four levels of change and eight outcome areas, which can inform male engagement programming to respond and prevent violence against women and girls.  For more information please contact Kate Bojin, Project Manager, White Ribbon, kbojin@whiteribbon.ca.

Project Shift (Ongoing)

This website features Project Shift: Creating a Safer Digital World for Young Women, a national multi-year project, led by YWCA Canada and funded by the Status of Women Canada. YWCA Canada convened cross-sector stakeholders to work toward systemic change by developing and implementing strategies that prevent and eliminate cyberviolence against young women and girls. Project Shift establishes the need for a gender lens to understand violence online and makes recommendations for a range of public and private actors, from educational institutions to parents and information, communications and technology organizations to counsellors and police.

Pushed (back) in the Closet – Research Findings on the Safety Needs of LGBTTIQQ2S Women and Trans Communities of Toronto – METRAC (2009)

Author(s): Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)

This report, developed by the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC), summarizes research results from an online survey that assessed the safety needs of LGBTTQQ2S women and trans individuals in Toronto.  The purpose of the research was to gain an understanding of women’s and trans communities’ experience with, and fear of, violence in the City of Toronto and use the information obtained to develop and enhance safety resources for these communities.  The report describes the methodology of the study; respondent demographics; results of the survey regarding public safety concerns and rates of victimization; the impact of violence on members of LGBTTIQQ2S communities; reporting violence; and recommendations for action.

Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: Resource Guide for Refugee Resettlement Assistance Programs in Ontario (2017)

Author(s):  Rexdale Women’s Centre, the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

This resource guide is intended for settlement worker in Refugee Assistance programs to provide information to understand the complex situations of government-assisted refugee women in Ontario when they experience intimate partner violence. Culturally competent responses, strategies and tools to support this population are provided.

Red Light/Green Light: A Documentary on Sex Trafficking (2013)

Author(s): Jared and Michelle Brock

Jared and Michelle Brock, founders of Hope for the Sold, traveled to 10 different countries to film a documentary on how to prevent sexual exploitation before it begins.  Visit website to buy a copy or to host a screening.

Reducing the Risk of Lethal Violence (Ongoing)

Author(s): Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC)

This online course was developed by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children for health care, social service and education professionals. The 7 hour, self-directed training focuses on developing skills and awareness regarding domestic violence risk factors, determining the need for a risk assessment, the importance of communication and collaboration regarding risk assessment and risk management. The course also features modules for specific sectors (e.g. social workers).

Report on the Evaluation of Violence Against Women Public Education Campaigns: A Discussion Paper (2012)

Author(s): Ryan Broll and Claire Crooks

The purpose of this report is to provide a brief overview on the evaluation of VAW social marketing / public education campaigns. We begin by briefly describing the purpose of evaluations, before consider social marketing / public education campaigns and the rationale behind them. We then consider what the evaluation literature tells us about the effectiveness of VAW social marketing / public education campaigns, before describing the role of evaluations in VAW campaigns and outlining the types and levels of evaluation available. Finally, we discuss the importance of logic models, providing examples and guides on how to construct them, identify common evaluation challenges, and offer several critical steps to consider when conducting an evaluation of VAW social marketing/public education campaigns.

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluating VAW Social Marketing Campaigns (2014)

Author(s):  Marcie Campbell and Linda Baker

This Learning Brief outlines the different phases of researching, monitoring, and evaluating a VAW social marketing campaign.  The brief describes in detail the five basic questions that need to be considered: What will be researched, monitored, and evaluated?  Why the particular measurement is important?  How the measurements will be conducted?  When during the campaign will the measurements be conducted? and How much will the measurements cost?  This brief was adapted from Lee & Kotler (2011).

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluating VAW Social Marketing Campaigns Summary Chart (2014)

Author(s): Learning Network

This Learning Network tool provides a summary guide for researching, monitoring, and evaluating VAW social marketing campaigns.  The guide helps to answer five key questions: What will be researched, monitored, and evaluated?  Why is this measurement important?  How will the measurements be conducted?  When during the campaign will the measurements be conducted? How much will the measurements cost?  To read a more detailed outline of the steps involved in researching, monitoring, and evaluating a VAW social marketing campaign, see Learning Network Brief 17.