The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC), the Canadian Association of Social Workers, and the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers are pleased to bring you a series of four webinars, two in English and two in French. 

Students at post-secondary institutions across Canada have been at the forefront of organizing against gendered violence on their university and college campuses, as well as within their communities, for decades. The Consent Culture Forum will be an opportunity for those student activists to gather, share stories of success and struggle, and ultimately develop a provincial vision to combat sexual violence and rape culture on campus.

Space at the forum is limited, with preference given to encourage the participation of women identified people, with special consideration for participants from traditionally marginalized communities, such as racialized, indigenous, trans women and women with (dis)abilities. Please submit completed registration forms as soon as possible in order to help guarantee participants from your local.

The forum is coordinated by student organizers and funded as part of Nova Scotia’s Sexual Violence Strategy.


Completed registration forms should be scanned and emailed to by no later than September 16. Participation in the Forum, including travel and accommodation, is fully subsidized. Subsidies are only available for delegates registered for the full duration of the Forum. 

Forms must be scanned and emailed to, or delivered to the Canadian Federation of Students Maritimes office no later than Friday, September 16 at 5:00pm. 

This handbook provides information on many legal issues faced by women who are abused by their partners. It includes information on making a safety plan, preparing to leave, the criminal process and trial, a woman's rights under family law, protection orders, and legal and community resources in Ontario.

Reviewed for accuracy by experienced lawyers in the violence against women sector, this guide offers practical information on issues in family, criminal and other areas of law that women in abusive relationships often face.

Updated to reflect the changes to immigration laws and to give more information about how women can protect themselves, contents of the new edition include:

  • Preparing to leave: safety planning, where to go
  • The criminal process: possible charges, the arrest, bail hearings
  • The criminal trial: court procedure, sentencing
  • Protecting yourself: restraining orders, exclusive possession, peace bonds
  • Rights under family law: children's aid societies, custody, support
  • Next steps: finances, social assistance, working

The handbook also includes updated referral information for community and legal organizations that work with women experiencing abuse.

The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University is offerring the following courses:

Children’s Exposure to Violence
Instructor: Peter Jaffe
September 16, 2016 | 9am to 4pm

Respect at Work: Safe & Supportive Workplaces
Instructor: Barb MacQuarrie
September 30, 2016 | 9am to 4pm

Gender-Based Violence Risk Assessment & Management
Instructors: Peter Jaffe & Anna-Lee Straatman
October 14, 2016 | 9am to 4pm

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Instructor: Barb MacQuarrie
October 28, 2016 | 9am to 4pm

The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at Western University is offering an Advanced Certificate Program in Gender-Based Studies. The program will examine aspects of violence in relationships using a gender analysis including: domestic violence, violence against children and older adults, and sexual violence. Courses may be taken as part of the certificate program or as stand-alone modules

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webcast “Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence” on August 25, 2016 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This session will provide information on three intervention models currently in use to serve young male survivors of violence. During this 90-minute session, panelists will provide an overview of their innovative programs and initiatives, which are listed below.

  • Healing Hurt People is a community-focused, trauma-informed, hospital-based program designed to reduce PTSD, re-injury, and retaliation among youth ages 8–30.
  • Make It Happen is a community program that provides young men who have experienced violence with the tools necessary to overcome traumatic experiences and enable them to succeed in spite of those experiences.
  • Caught in the Crossfire is a hospital-based peer intervention program that hires young adults who overcame violence in their own lives to work with youth who are recovering from violent injuries.

Register today!

Date: August 24, 2016
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET 
Description: This multi-disciplinary panel will address the emerging FGM/C epidemic in the United States. FGM/C on girls under the age of 18 is illegal under Federal law and under the laws of 25 states. The increase in the number of immigrants and refugees from countries who practice FGM/C bring this issue to the forefront for professionals who provide services to these populations. Presenters will focus on areas of concern for professionals who deal with children and families at-risk or who have been subject to abuse and neglect.
Registration: Please visit the event webpage to register and learn more.
Date: August 16, 2016 
Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET
Description: Utilizing case studies, along with a comprehensive look on proven plans, this training provides participants with tools to effectively identify and manage sex offenders in the community. In addition, this course is designed to give first responders and other key officials the tools they need to respond quickly and appropriately when a child goes missing. It is designed to improve investigative techniques for law enforcement as well as create a united effort in the event of a missing or abducted child.
Registration: Please visit the event webpage to register and learn more.

The Learning Network from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) at Western University in Ontario has released a report on Gender-based violence training. Here is an excerpt from their description of the report:

With an increasing need for training curriculums on gender-based violence (GBV), it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with available educational options in order to determine which may best suit an organization’s or individuals’ needs or purpose. This report compares online, face-to-face, and blended learning approaches that may be of particular relevance to the development of GBV curriculums. Existing gaps in the current literature are also discussed, with suggestions for future research and evaluation.

Tri-County Women's Centre will soon offer expanded sexual assault nurse examiner service to residents of southwestern Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley, and the South Shore.

Disclaimer: Welcome to our Find Help listing of services that provide help for victims of crime.  This listing represents only a subset of the many services and supports available to Canadians across Canada and we hope it is helpful for users of the Victim Justice Network site.  For a more comprehensive listing of services helping victims through all stages of their needs, we do encourage you to avail yourselves of your local 211 phone or online services or, alternatively, of your regional community services listings most of which are included in this site under Information and Referral.  The services listed on this site are based on the most recent information available on those services' individual websites in mid-2015.  We will endeavour to review these annually for accuracy and any changes or discontinuation of service.

Décharge: Voici notre liste des services Find Help visant à aider les victimes de crime. Cette liste ne représente qu’une partie des nombreux services et soutiens mis à la disposition des Canadiens dans tout le pays. Nous espérons qu’elle sera utile aux utilisateurs du site de Victim Justice Network. Si vous souhaitez en obtenir une plus complète, à quelque niveau des besoins des victimes que ce soit, n’hésitez pas à appeler votre numéro local 211 ou à utiliser des services en ligne ou encore les listes de services communautaires régionaux, services qui, pour la plupart, sont indiqués sur ce site sous la rubrique Information and Referral. Ces services ont été relevés dans les toutes dernières informations disponibles à la mi-2015 sur les sites pertinents. Nous nous efforcerons de les revoir chaque année pour qu’ils restent à jour.