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.

Technology Based Violence Against Women: Background Papers and Technical Reports (2013)

Author(s): Learning Network

Compiled in April 2013.  Collection of online resources and publications that discuss Information Communication Technologies in relation to Violence Against Women.

Technology Glossary (2013)

Author(s): Learning Network

Terms and references used when discussing technology. (April 2013).

Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience (2017)

Author(s): OCASI

This 2017 graphic novel is meant to provide education and training to community members and service providers on sexual violence. The graphic novel was created through a series of creative writing workshops with immigrant and refugee women who came together to learn, share and compile the stories in this novel. It speaks to one aspect of newcomer women’s experience, that of community support and engagement in situations of violence.

The Impact of Exposure to Domestic Violence on the Brain (2013)

Author(s): Linda Baker

This talk, presented at the BrainLinks Canada Symposium (2013), was given by Dr. Linda Baker. Dr. Baker discusses developing research of the impacts of exposure to domestic violence on a young person’s brain, and how these effects may influence a youth’s daily functioning and future development.

The Intersectional Oppressions of South Asian Immigrant Women and Vulnerability in Relation to Domestic Violence: A Case Study (2017)

Author(s): Dr. Ferzana Chaze and Archana Medhekar

This article examines various factors that contribute to the multiple forms of oppression experienced by South Asian immigrant women in Canada. Informed by an intersectional perspective, it also focuses on the vulnerability of newcomer immigrant women when experiencing situations of domestic violence. This article is divided into four sections: literature review, case study, factors that intersect to increase vulnerabilities, and recommendations for social work practice and for policy.

The Involved Father & Gender Equality Project (2014)

Author(s): White Ribbon and Dad Central

In collaboration with Dad Central, White Ribbon conducted a study that explored the positive roles that fathers, organizations working with diverse fathers, and the fatherhood sector in Ontario in general can play in promoting gender equality, healthy and equal relationships, and ending gender-based violence.  The study consisted of focus groups and surveys with 53 fathers in communities across the province, interviews with stakeholders and professionals working on engaging fathers, and a preliminary environmental scan of services available to fathers in Ontario.  Some themes from the findings of the research include: involved fatherhood occurs along a continuum that allows fathers to find ways to actively participate in the lives of their children; fathers should utilize parental leave benefits as a way to be active in family life however parental leave can be isolating and is often frowned upon; involved fatherhood has benefits for children, mothers, and fathers; many fathers are finding ways to counter the traditional gender stereotypes; Aboriginal fathers are teaching their children about Aboriginal culture, history, and heritage in their fatherhood involvement; the use of language is an important part of the parenting process particularly within conversations with Gay/Bi/Transgender fathers; and fathers indicated that their involvement with their children promotes gender equality in many ways.

The Link between Boys' Victimization & Adult Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence: Opportunities for Prevention across the Life Course (2016)

Author(s): Learning Network

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, pressing, and preventable public health issue that, while not gender-specific, is overwhelmingly perpetrated against women by men. One risk factor for men’s IPV perpetration is the experience of maltreatment in childhood; that is, neglect, abuse, or exposure to IPV. While it is important to recognize the wide range of factors involved in IPV perpetration, this discussion paper draws attention to the ways in which IPV prevention can be enhanced through identifying men at risk of becoming perpetrators at earlier points in their lives and mitigating the impact of experiences of violence through age-specific intervention programs. Specifically, the aim of this paper is to identify pathways from childhood maltreatment to IPV perpetration in order to highlight these two forms of violence as intricately linked public health issues with implications for prevention across the life course. The report consists of three parts. Part 1 provides theoretical explanations for the connection between victimization as a boy and IPV perpetration as an adult, and reviews the evidence supporting this link. Part 2 outline primary, secondary, and tertiary modes of prevention, with specific discussion of evidence-based and promising prevention programs for boys and men by life stage. Part 3 provides considerations and future directions for health and its community partners.

The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault (2014)

Author(s): Learning Network

This Learning Brief describes the neurobiological response to sexual assault and the implications for frontline responders supporting victims/survivors.

The Power of Civic Action: How the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee Revitalized their park and created an engine of grassroots economic activity (2015)

Author(s): Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee

This 2015 report tells how the Women’s Committee became empowered to create change for themselves and their community, overcame numerous obstacles to revitalize their park and neighbourhood, and, in turn, changed practice and policy across the city. As Sabina Ali, Chair of the Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee says, “Profound positive change can happen when people with passion and dedication come together with the goal of improving their community.”

The relationships between harsh physical punishment and child maltreatment in childhood and intimate partner violence in adulthood (2017)

Author(s): Tracie Afifi, Natalie Mota, Jitender Sareen, and Harriet L. MacMillan

The objective of this 2017 current study was to examine if harsh physical punishment is associated with an increased likelihood of more severe childhood maltreatment in childhood and perpetration or victimization of IPV in adulthood. It found that harsh physical punishment was associated with increased odds of childhood maltreatment, including emotional abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect, and exposure to IPV after adjusting for sociodemographic factors, family history of dysfunction, and other child maltreatment types. Harsh physical punishment was also related to increased odds of experiencing IPV in adulthood.