Violence against women and girls is the world’s largest human rights violation and is pervasive in our society. Each year, violence and abuse drive over 75,000 women and children from their homes and into shelters across the country. For every 1000 sexual assaults that take place in Canada, only three perpetrators are convicted. (Limits of a Criminal Justice Response: Trends in Police and Court Processing of Sexual Assault.)
Projects and Programs
YWCA Member Associations offer immediate assistance to women fleeing violence, provide counselling and referral services, offer violence prevention and intervention programs. Informed by Member Associations, research and trends, YWCA Canada develops resources and initiatives to create systemic change and shift the needle forward on ending gender based violence.
A knowledge sharing project aimed at preventing and elimination cyberviolence against young women and girls.
Violence Against Women Legal Information Resource: Supporting Aboriginal Women Facing Violence, is a tool to support access to justice for Aboriginal women facing violence. The project also produced the Nunavut Legal Information Manual for Violence Support Services, in English and Inuktitut.
Open Doors provides support and training to women’s VAW shelters and transition houses on trauma-informed responses to mental health and substance use concerns.
Our Actions and Campaigns
Week Without Violence takes place in the third week of October; it is a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world.
#NOTokay is an online campaign to call out every day acts of violence.
The Rose Campaign brings awareness to ending violence against women and girls; it takes place from November 25th to December 6th.
Research and Resources
The Is Our Relationship Healthy? brochure is a resource produced in consultation with girls and young women across the country, with content and language are reflective of how youth are seeing and experiencing dating and relationships today.
Project Shift: YWCA Canada conducted a needs assessment applying a gender based analysis to the issue of cyberviolence.
Prostitution, Sex Work and Women’s Safety Policy commits to meeting women where they are in their lives without judgment, and ensuring that all women – including sex workers and prostitutes – have full protection of the law and justice systems.