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Training Programs for Professionals on Violence Against Women

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

An introductory-level course that helps frontline practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand culturally sensitive online training to professionals who support newcomer women who may have experienced sexual violence as part of war or civil unrest in their country of origin. This five-week training program started early in 2014.

Contact: Krittika Ghosh
Senior Coordinator, Violence Against Women Project
kghosh@ocasi.org
416-322-4950 ext. 225

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

Project is designed to ensure standardized policies and procedures at Ontario’s emergency departments based on the Ontario Hospital Association’s Hospital Guidelines for the Treatment of Persons Who Have been Sexually Assaulted, 2nd Edition. Project activities will provide the tools (onsite training materials, online learning modules, templates of agreements, policies and procedures) for Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Treatment Centre program coordinators to use when educating staff of emergency departments within their catchment area.

Contact: Sheila Macdonald RN MN
Provincial Coordinator for SADVTC’s
Clinical Manager, Sexual Assault / Domestic Violence Care Centre
Women’s College Hospital
Sheila.Macdonald@wchospital.ca
416-323-6400 ext. 4472

Women’s College Hospital

Sexual Assault Training for Health Providers is an evidence-based, competency-driven curriculum designed to address non-acute disclosure of a past sexual assault to a health care provider. The interactive online curriculum helps providers in a variety of settings learn how to create an environment that supports disclosure of past sexual assault, respond to a woman who discloses a past sexual assault, and how to do this within existing practice environments.

Contact: Dr. Robin Mason
Research Scientist
Women’s College Hospital
robin.mason@wchospital.ca
416-351-3732 ext. 2764

Action Ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes

Tools, resources and training for French-speaking legal professionals are being developed. They will be used by legal professionals to improve support to diverse, French-speaking women who are survivors of sexual violence. The training currently targets lawyers, police officers and crown attorneys. A French-language resource document is also being created to complement the English Sexual Violence Resources document produced by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.

Contact: Kim Dubé
Coordonnatrice au développement de projets pour l’AOcVF
Action Ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes
kdube@francofemmes.org
613-241-8433 ext. 23

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The Outburst! training “There is No Honour In Violence: Supporting Survivors of Honour Related Violence and Forced Marriage” is conducted in collaboration with the South Asian Legal Clinic. The training is focused on increasing the safety of young women at risk of or experiencing forced marriage and honour-related violence. This training initiative, which is survivor-informed, focuses on strategies for effective intervention and support for young women at risk.

Contact: Lynne Jenkins
Director, Counselling Services
Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Fkhan@schliferclinic.com
416-323-9149 ext. 243

Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children

Training will reflect the experiences of survivors and demonstrate how professionals can respond to disclosures of sexual violence in a supportive way. It will reflect the realities of survivors from diverse backgrounds and social locations and explore how dimensions of diversity can create disadvantages for women.

Contact: Barbara MacQuarrie
Community Director
Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children
bmacquar@uwo.ca
519-661-4023