Gender Violence

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.)

New Report

Not Online. Not on Campus: Addressing Sexual Violence and Technology-Facilitated Violence on Campuses

YWCA Canada is a proud partner on McGill University’s IMPACTS project, an initiative to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally. This work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada under IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, led by Project Director Shaheen Shariff, Ph.D., James McGill Professor, McGill University.

The Not Online. Not on Campus. project extends YWCA’s ongoing work to end gender-based violence, and builds on our recommendations from Project Shift: a knowledge sharing project with a goal of eliminating cyberviolence against young women and girls. Recommendations included the creation of woman-centered training on how to work with survivors in a way that is supportive and non-judgmental (i.e. not blaming the victim).

YWCA Canada has conducted a literature review and research informed by campus leaders, first responders in sexual violence, and violence prevention workers, to inform a new resource and a training for college and university leaders. With the support of YWCA Hamilton and YWCA Lethbridge, we will train campus leaders to better support people who report technology-facilitated and sexual violence.

Resources & Training

The Not Online. Not On Campus. training will help employees to respond to and support a person who discloses their experience of sexual violence, and offer a step-by-step breakdown of what to do when someone discloses sexual violence that has happened in person or online. YWCA staff will facilitate in-person trainings in partnership with colleges and universities in Ontario and Alberta. Stay tuned for our training for campus leaders.

YWCA Canada is also excited to collaborate with partners to explore opportunities to launch the resources, and to explore ways to amplify the project by bringing the training to more campuses.


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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.

 Project Shift
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  
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.

Research and Resources

Rights. Reports. Supports. A guide on sexual image based abuse

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.

Empezar de Nuevo and Salir Adelante are resources for Latinx (“x” replaces the traditional “a” to disrupt the gender binary) women fleeing violence and for service providers.