YWCA VAW Staff Network

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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.

Subscribe to the YWCA Violence Against Women Staff Network mailing list and get information about our webinars, as well as tools and resources to support your work.

For more information, please contact Jenny Cloutier at jcloutier@ywcacanada.ca.

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