YWCA VAW Staff Network
An online community of practice committed to end gender-based violence
YWCA Canada is the nation’s single largest provider of shelter to women and children fleeing violence. Over 150 years of work in this area has led to the creation of an engaged, ever growing network for the violence against women sector and its allies.
YWCA’s Violence Against Women Staff Network is an online community of practice where members across the country come together to share their expertise, discuss trends, network, and stay up to date on emerging issues related to gender-based violence.
This online space for professional development and knowledge sharing is designed for staff and volunteers from YWCAs. The network has grown beyond YWCAs, and we welcome colleagues from partner organizations and service providers who are working to support survivors. This is a network for shelter managers, directors of housing programs, communications staff, front-line workers, counsellors, housing support staff, researchers, youth support workers, and others.
Scroll down to watch some of our webinar recordings. *Trigger warning: Some of the sessions include descriptive content of violence against women.
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- Angela Colantonio, PhD, Director of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
- Lin Haag, PhD candidate, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Investigation has found higher rates of Traumatic Brain Injury (approximately 75%) in survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, leaving women survivors vulnerable to increased rates of repeat violence, permanent disability, criminal justice system engagement, unemployment, homelessness, poverty, and mental health. The Acquired Brain Injury Research Lab developed The Abused & Brain Injured Toolkit to help frontline workers address this gap. The webinar provides key information on TBI in women exposed to intimate partner violence and introduces participants to the Toolkit.
- Karine-Myrgianie Jean-François, Director of Operations and Projects at the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN)
- Sophia Sahrane, Project Coordinator at DAWN Canada
24% of women in Canada live with one or more disability. Yet these realities are often erased, and the anti-ableist movement is de-gendered. In this webinar, presenters will tackle the precarious situation particular to women and girls living with one or more disabilities. They will provide guidance in the different ways attendees can prepare themselves when offering services to women with disability. They will share testimonials and statistics on women and girls with disabilities in order to better inform service providers, and normalize awareness on the topic in theory and in action.
- Lisa Lachance (they/she), Executive Director of Wisdom2Action
- Fae Johnstone (they/she), Principal Consultant with Wisdom2Action
Gender-based violence fundamentally shapes the health and well-being of 2SLGBTQ+ youth. 2SLGBTQ+ young people are significantly more likely to struggle with mental health problems, to experience homelessness and to have substance use issues. These realities are not intrinsic to their identities, but shaped by social, political and economic factors embedded in Canadian society. Building on Wisdom2Action’s groundbreaking report 2SLGBTQ+ youth and Gender-Based Violence, this webinar will provide participants with a deeper understanding of how Gender-Based Violence impacts 2SLGBTQ+ communities, an introduction to LGBTQ2+ identities, and promising practices for bringing 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion into your work.
- Peter Jaffe, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Education, Academic Director, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Western University
- Julie Poon, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow and National Research Coordinator, Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations
On this webinar, Dr. Julien Poon and Dr. Peter Jaffe talk about the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations. This 7-year national project focuses on enhancing and informing domestic violence risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning strategies to decrease the risk of lethality for vulnerable populations, specifically Indigenous populations; rural, remote and northern communities; immigrants and refugees; and children exposed to domestic violence.
Presenter: Ashley Lim, Registered Pshycologist and Director of Counselling and Youth Leadership Programs, YWCA Edmonton
This webinar explores the principles of trauma care such as safety, trustworthiness, transparency, choice, and the necessary ingredients for healing: empowerment, connection and perceived safety. It also provides information on how to begin to use a trauma approach in a clinical and organizational setting, touching on issues from service delivery to fund development.