Organizational Framework for Responding to Gender-Based Violence
The settlement and anti-violence sectors have worked collaboratively on the development of a national strategy to address gender-based violence (GBV) in newcomer, immigrant and refugee communities, along with other project activities through funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
This framework reflects recommendations for settlement organization leaders related to policies and protocols that were identified as part of our initial needs assessment, as well as through ongoing consultations about the importance of considering safety when supporting newcomers, immigrants and refugees experiencing GBV.
Setting the Stage: Organizational Framework for Responding to Gender-Based Violence
In March 2022, we held two consultation forums with settlement sector leaders across Canada to obtain their views and feedback on Setting the Stage: Organizational Framework to Respond to Gender-Based Violence
These graphic recordings of the forums were created by Sam Bradd from Drawing Change, click here!
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 9, 2022
FOCUS OF THIS FRAMEWORK
This framework focuses on GBV awareness for organization leaders in relation to supporting staff and working with newcomer, immigrant, and refugee clients experiencing or impacted by GBV.
The legal obligation of employers to ensure a workplace free of harassment and violence is another consideration for agencies to address through their Human Resources (HR), Labour Standards and Human Rights laws.