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SETTING THE STAGE: ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR  RESPONDING TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

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Organizational Framework for Responding to Gender-Based Violence

In April 2019, with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), four organizations from the anti-violence and settlement sectors partnered to begin collaborative work on developing a national strategy to address GBV for newcomers, immigrants and refugees.

Between 2019-2022, the partners conducted an environmental scan of GBV supports across the settlement and anti-violence sectors in Canada, hosted a series of webinars, released the GBV Settlement Sector Strategy, and launched the online course, Bridges to Safety. Throughout these project activities, we have had the opportunity to engage and consult with experts, leaders, and frontline staff from settlement and anti-violence organizations across Canada. We hope these materials will be useful resources for organizations on the topics of GBV awareness, strategic priorities, and collaborative responses.

We are excited to be advancing into the next phase of the project in 2022-2026 and to continue building the capacity of both sectors to better support newcomers, immigrants and refugees through a coordinated, comprehensive approach. Working collaboratively across Canada is a strategic way to make change happen.

Setting the Stage: Organizational Framework for Responding to Gender-Based Violence
 

Purpose:

The overarching objective of this framework is to enhance awareness that client safety related to GBV should be considered and included in organizational policies and protocols.

 

It is also intended to provide settlement agencies and anti-violence organizations with guidelines for developing or enhancing existing policies and protocols using a safety lens to better support newcomer, immigrant and refugee clients experiencing or affected by GBV.

 

Recognizing the importance of addressing the unique and distinct needs of individuals experiencing GBV, the recommendations included here aim to promote greater consistency across the settlement and anti-violence sectors in recognizing and responding to the needs of newcomers, immigrants and refugees.

March 9th, 2022

Organizational Framework 
 

Join us for the launch of Setting the Stage: Organizational Framework for Responding to Gender-Based Violence in August 2022.

Read the framework here.

In our project’s initial needs assessment, we identified that many existing policies and protocols focus on improving individual interactions, with few aimed towards organizations. This framework serves as a tool for settlement agency leaders to initiate conversations about GBV at the organizational level to improve GBV service delivery for newcomers, immigrants and refugees through policy and systems change. It aims to highlight the importance of client safety in organizational policies and protocols, as well as the need to identify systemic challenges to GBV response and engage in cross-sectoral collaboration to overcome them.

 

In presenting this organizational framework, these recommendations do not mean to suggest that settlement organizations need to take on gender-based violence work alone, but rather work collaboratively with other service providers to address GBV and become aware of services and supports to which clients can be referred.

In March of 2022, we held two consultation forums with settlement sector leaders across Canada to gain their insight and feedback on Setting the Stage: Organizational Framework for Responding to Gender-Based Violence.

 

These graphic recordings of the forums were created by Sam Bradd from Drawing Change, click here!

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March 16th, 2022

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Project Contributors

Project Title: Gender Based Violence Strategy

The Project Team: 

  • Briana Miller, Champion Network Coordinator, YMCA of Greater Halifax/ Dartmouth

  • Charlene Connors, Elmwood Community Resource Centre

  • Deb Tomlinson, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

  • Erin Whitmore, Ending Violence Association of Canada

  • Justin W. M. Woodcock, Elmwood Community Resource Centre

  • Kathryn Bates-Khan Project Manager, YMCA of Greater Halifax/ Dartmouth

  • Lauren Barker, Elmwood Community Resource Centre

  • Margarita Pintin-Perez, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

  • Maria Alvarado, Elmwood Community Resource Centre

  • Nina Condo, CISSA-ACSEI Representative, Elmwood Community Resource Centre

  • Sajedeh Zahraei, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

  • Sana Ben Ayed, Operations and Outreach, YMCA of Greater Halifax/ Dartmouth

  • Tracy Porteous, Ending Violence Association B.C.

  • Valérie Auger-Voyer, Ending Violence Association of Canada 

 With support from:

  • Amanda Dale,  Strategic Engagement Specialist, Principal Author and Project Lead National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence

  • Amanda Dominey, Resource Editor

  • Caroline Claussen, Pilot Workshop Consultant

  • North Milad, IT Support

  • Deepa Mattoo, Strategy Consultant 

  • Jess Notwell, Centre for Community Based Research, Evaluation Consultant

  • Joan Riggs, Catalyst Research and Communications

  • Ninu Kang, Mosaic, Participant at Strategic Vision Meeting

  • Patty Parsons, Elmwood, Participant at Strategic Vision Meeting

  • Rida Abboud, Champion Network Consultant

  • Sabreena Ghaffar-Siddiqui, Research Consultant

  • Salina Abji, Research Consultant

Canadian Funding Agency: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)