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.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence (Ongoing)

This online training developed by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children aims to assist frontline responders and service providers in developing effective and supportive responses to victims/survivors who report or disclose experiences of sexual violence. The training is 7 hours in length and provides videos of both supportive and unsupportive responses and explore the multiple issues that can influence both the victim or survivor and responder.  The videos will help professionals understand the barriers and stigma that affect notions of consent and coercion.

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence on University and College Campuses in Ontario

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence on College and University Campuses is an engaging, interactive online training that provides insight and guidance for both individual practice and institutional practice to provide better responses to survivors of sexual violence. The training will prepare people in a wide range of roles and positions, including faculty, administrative staff, residence, housing and facilities staff, financial services staff, counselling and accessibility support staff and faculty, international student recruiters and support staff, Indigenous services staff, health and wellness teams, and managers to provide supportive trauma and violence informed responses to disclosures of sexual violence.

Responding to Domestic Violence in Clinical Settings (2012)

Author(s): Women's College Hospital

Created by Women's College Hospital, this scenario-based, interactive, e-learning platform is suitable for training a variety of health care providers including Emergency Department personnel, obstetricians, family physicians, medical and nursing students.  Upon completion of the training modules, learners will have more knowledge about domestic violence and its health impacts. They will also know more about how to support women who are experiencing or are at risk of abuse.

Responding to Sexual Violence in Health Care Settings (Ongoing)

Developed by Women’s College Hospital, this training is a free, interactive, online curriculum designed to support shifts in attitudes and enhance the knowledge and skills of health and allied health trainees, students and providers. The curriculum is grounded in evidence-informed competencies as found in the literature and expert opinion.  It takes 2 hours to complete.

Revisiting the comparative outcomes of workplace aggression and sexual harassment (2012)

Author(s): Angela Dionisi, Julian Barling, and Kathryne Dupre 

This 2012 Canadian study examined the different outcomes associated with experiencing workplace aggression and sexual harassment by a supervisor for female employees.  Results revealed that all forms of sexual harassment were more strongly associated with work withdrawal and psychological well-being than comparable forms of workplace aggression.  Sexual harassment was also more strongly associated with employees thinking about quitting their jobs; job, co-worker, and supervisor satisfaction; work withdrawal; and commitment to the organization if the harassment and aggression involved some form of threatened or actual physical contact.

Risk Assessment E-Learning (Ongoing)

Online training developed by the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses. The curriculum consists of four modules: Feminist Analysis of Risk and Risk Assessment; Justice System Perspective of Risk Assessment Tools; Risk Assessment in Partnership with Women; and Safety and Advocacy Plans.

Rivers of Hope: A Toolkit on Islamophobic Violence by and for Muslim Women (2018)

Author(s):  Sidrah Ahmad

This 2018 toolkit was created by and for Muslim women survivors of Islamophobic violence. It contains research, real-life-stories, resources for survivors, and poetry by Muslim women.

The Toolkit is based on a research project conducted by Sidrah Ahmad, who interviewed 21 Muslim women survivors of Islamophobic violence from across the GTA.

Safety Planning for Older Adults: Keeping Safe in Unhealthy Relationships (2017)

Author(s): Elder Abuse Ontario

This 2017 toolkit was designed for agencies supporting older victims who are vulnerable, at-risk or experiencing abuse. Whether the individual is an older woman or man, the Safety Planning Toolkit provides important information about family and partner violence. It also provides suggestions and strategies to help protect older adults in situations of risk or danger and how to maintain their safety and security. The Toolkit uses an approach to answer common questions many older adults ask such as, is my relationship unhealthy? What can I do? Who can help me?

Sexual Assault and Disabled Women Ten Years after Jane Doe (2012)

Author(s): Fran Odette

A chapter in the book, “Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice and Women’s Activism,” Fran Odette writes about the lived experience of disabled women who are sexually assaulted. Topics addressed in the chapter include: the impacts of linguistic constructs in shaping practice around disability; the mythology that denies disabled women access to their own identity and sexuality and contributes to the sexual assault of disabled women; and the impediments to equality for disabled women who have been sexually assaulted. She examines how gaps and limitations in research have hindered policy development, legal responses, and feminist community-based services in responding to the lived experience of disabled women.

Sexual Assault Policies on Campus: A Discussion Paper (2014)

Author(s):  METRAC

This 2014 discussion paper, developed by METRAC, highlights promising practices and challenges in institutional policies on sexual assault committed by and against post-secondary students in Canada.  The paper provides a “snapshot” review of sample sexual assault policies on campuses and illustrate gaps and inconsistencies in how the issue is treated.  A literature review identifies helpful practices in reporting, investigation and adjudication and determines future steps for improvement.