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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What’s The Law Got To Do With It? VAW Network Summer Series
A Rights-Based Intersectional Approach to GBV & VAW
The Violence Against Women Staff Network is happy to present you a summer series of training to support members to understand rights and legal support for survivors. These sessions will be a three-part series where our two facilitators, Amanda Dale and Deepa Mattoo, will host a monthly session presenting a rights-based intersectional approach the gender-based violence.
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After completing the three series, participants will obtain a certification of completion. French simultaneous interpretation will also be offered.
Date: July 27, 2022 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
Click the following link to register: https://bit.ly/3z0v0Ig
During this session, the participants will learn about the Basic International Human Rights Legislative (IHRL) definitions of protections against gender-based violence. The facilitators will also share how gender-based violence survivors can have a role as human rights defenders. Lastly, while learning about how protection against GBV an internationally protected human right is, participants will reflect on and define their role as human rights defenders.
- Acquiring knowledge of basic International Human Rights Legislative (IHRL) definitions of protections against GBV
- How gender-based violence survivors can act as human rights defenders
- Learn more about your role as a human rights defender
Date: August 24, 2022 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
Click the following link to register: https://bit.ly/3NxyAO6
During this session, the participants will learn the social determinants of safety, focusing on migrant women. Using a gendered lens, the presenters will define the who/what/when/how of migration using a gendered lens. This second session will help us determine how the social determinants of safety help you frame your approach.
Date: September 28, 2022 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
Click the following link to register: https://bit.ly/38Sf6Fl
This third and last session of our series will focus on the trauma-informed and intersectional approaches to disclosures and responses in a gender-based violence context. This session will also be based on the participants’ needs and learning goals. The facilitators will connect with participants during sessions one and two to get a better sense of trauma-informed needs from the group. Activities such as practice responses and quizzes will take place.
Amanda Dale is best known for her decade as the Executive Director of the Barbra Schlifer Clinic, and previously as the Director of Advocacy and Communications at YWCA Toronto. She is currently faculty at the Women’s Human Rights Institute, and a recognized spokesperson and expert in the way law impacts marginalized people’s lives and in women’s rights and violence against women. Amanda has remained active in the feminist movement for three decades, contributing to many organizations, including Quimaavik Shelter, Nellie’s Hostel, St. Joseph’s Women Health Centre, and YWCA Toronto, Women’s Shelters Canada, the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control.
Deepa Mattoo is a people strategist and inclusion-focused professional who has a breadth of experience in the not-for-profit sector, and she is Executive Director at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. Before joining the Schlifer Clinic, Deepa was Project Co-ordinator, Staff Lawyer, and Executive Director at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. Deepa was the Law Foundation of Ontario’s Community Leadership in Justice Fellow at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has trained thousands of service providers for best practices and legal education to work with forced marriage survivors, racialized non-status women, and immigration law clients in the context of gender-based violence.
- 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.