Building Capacity & Collaboration

Gender-Based Violence Settlement Sector Strategy

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 and refugees.

By building on current expertise, knowledge and resources in the anti-violence and settlement sectors, this coordinated effort recognizes the reality that newcomers and refugees continue to experience structural barriers to accessing support. Working together in partnership between the four organizations and engaging their members increases our ability to deliver GBV prevention and intervention and better serve individuals and families experiencing violence.

Between 2019-2022, with input from the settlement and anti-violence sectors, and through funding from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this project will build the capacity of settlement and anti-violence sectors to co-develop a shared base of knowledge and to better support newcomers and refugees through a coordinated, comprehensive approach. Working collaboratively across Canada is a strategic way to make change happen.

What's New?

- Join us for the launch of gender-based violence settlement sector strategy April 2021 Read the strategy

The research that informs this strategy was conducted a few months before the COVID-19 global pandemic in early 2020.  This was also a year that saw uprisings around anti-black racism and police violence, a mass shooting in Nova Scotia linked to domestic violence , and the on-going epidemic of femicide and missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people in Canada. 
In presenting this GBV strategy document, we are mindful that the research that grounds this strategy does not capture the shifting terrain on which settlement and anti-violence workers are supporting newcomer communities.  We intentionally opted for more universal language knowing that any strategic actions taken must always be situated within the local and lived realities of the people for which we we are offering services. We hope the strategy will be a useful resource for organizations on the topic of GBV awareness, strategic priorities, and collaborative responses. 

- Presentation & Consultation Meeting about the development of a National Settlement Sector Strategy to address GBV for Newcomers, Immigrants & Refugees held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Read the consultation report

Project Summary

Project Title: Gender Based Violence Strategy

The Project Team: 

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

  • Deb Tomlinson, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

  • Nina Condo, CISSA-ACSEI RepresentativeElmwood Community Resource Centre

  • Sajedeh Zahraei, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

  • Tracy Porteous, Ending Violence Association B.C.

  • Erin Whitmore, Ending Violence Association of Canada

  • Lauren Barker, Elmwood Community Resource Centre

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

With support from:

  • Salina Abji, Research Consultant

  • Deepa Mattoo, Strategy Consultant 

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

  • Ninu Kang, Mosaic, Participant at Strategic Vision Meeting

  • Patty Parsons, Elmwood, Participant at Strategic Vision Meeting

Duration: 3 years

Canadian Funding Agency: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada IRCC