Ontario Women’s Directorate
Developing a Response to Sexual Violence - A Resource Guide for Ontario’s Colleges and Universities
Sexual violence is a serious problem in Ontario communities and our campuses are not immune.
The government and Ontario’s colleges and universities share a commitment to campus environments where students can pursue fulfilling academic careers and social lives, free of sexual violence.
This guide was developed with input from organizations, associations and individuals in the postsecondary and violence against women sectors. It provides practical information and resources that can be used to increase the campus community’s understanding of sexual violence and to develop sexual violence prevention policies and response protocols.
The guide can help institutions that are just beginning to develop policies and protocols and others that are looking to expand or enhance their efforts.
- The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and confidence of Status of Women Canada (SWC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in selecting us to prepare this important Issue Brief: Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence.This Issue Brief was commissioned to provide an overview of efforts to engage men of all ages in efforts to reduce and prevent gender-based violence in Canada and around the world.Engaging men and boys is an essential component of realizing transformative change on the issue of gender-based violence.This Issue Brief is rooted in three basic premises:
- Work with men and boys is necessary. As perpetrators, the target audience for primary prevention, holders of the social norms and influencers on other men, men must to be engaged to reduce and prevent gender-based violence.
- Work with men and boys can be effective. As the evidence base grows, evaluation data appears, lessons are learned, and best practices are shared, we know this may be the missing compliment to past decades of work.
- Work with men and boys can be positive. There is a much broader spectrum of positive roles for men and boys to play than perpetrator or potential perpetrator of gender-based violence. These roles not only prevent and reduce violence against women and promote gender equality, but also improve the lives of men and boys by freeing them from these harmful and limiting aspects of masculinities.
The Issue Brief examines the many dimensions of gender-based violence; impacts on communities of interest; the evidence base, frameworks, strategies and positive roles men can play; and finally some of the risks, limitations and additional considerations in this field of work.
In all of our efforts at the WRC we salute the courage and conviction of every woman who has fought for gender equality and struggled to end violence against women and girls; you have been at the fore of this work for decades, we are humbled and inspired by the work you have done. It is our sincere hope that this Issue Brief will contribute to our shared vision of ending gender-based violence in Canada.
For questions, comments or other considerations, please contact:
Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon Campaign
Please click the link below to download a full-colour PDF copy of the Issue Brief available in French or in English.
S’il vous plaît cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous pour télécharger une copie PDF en couleur du dossier d’information disponible en français et en anglais.
- On December 13, 2004, Premier Dalton McGuinty and Sandra Pupatello, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, announced the government’s comprehensive plan to help women and children live free from fear of domestic violence. An Update on the Domestic Violence Action Plan focuses on key initiatives undertaken since the launch of the government’s Domestic Violence Action Plan in 2007.
Ontario Domestic Violence Action Plan DV Action Plan UPDATE
- Little Eyes, Little Ears: How violence against a mother shapes children as they grow
- Have You Been a Victim of Crime? What’s Next…Information and Resources for Victims of Crime in Ontario: This handbook is for victims of violent crime and the people who support them. It includes information about victims’ rights, places to go for help, and the criminal justice system. This information will help victims to understand what to expect and how to make sure their rights are respected. Click here for the handbook.
- Here is a good page of links to resources for service providers working to prevent domestic violence. It’s provided by the Waterloo Family Violence Prevention Project: http://www.fvpwaterloo.ca/en/resources/personsworkinginfthefieldoffamilyviolence.asp
- In 2009, the Frontenac Children’s Aid Society, area Police services and their community partners launched a Child Abuse Protocol for Kingston and Frontenac. Although this protocol is not a KFACC document, the committee supports the ideas and motivations underlying the effort to grow and strengthen the services available for area children in crisis. To view/print a PDF copy of the Child abuse Protocol, please CLICK HERE.
- In the fall of 2009, the Kingston Police issued a guide to help women develop their own safety plan to help them escape their abusive partners. Click on the following link for a printable PDF: http://bit.ly/zu5Ut
- The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children has produced a guide through the legal system for survivors of sexual assault. You can click on the following link to view and print the PDF: http://tinyurl.com/ctw7jh
- The Sexual Assault Centre Kingston has created a e-newsletter which will come out 4 times a year to coincide with events that occur throughout the year. This edition arrives as we celebrate International Women’s Week. http://kfacc.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/newsmarch09.pdf
- Minister Deb Matthews presented the following statement in honour of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, May 2009.Please click on the link for the pdf: