By Paula Wells, Social Media Coordinator
WomanACT has been organizing and hosting the annual Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff (SSxSS), 2-Day Training Conference since 2012. SSxSS is a 2-day, training event funded by The Ministry of Community and Social Services for front-line workers in the Violence Against Women sector. Conference attendees provide advocate and/or counselling services to women and children who have suffered abuse. Each day there are panel discussions, speaker presentations and interactive training workshops where sector experts discuss powerful and practical ideas on key issues facing the sector.
We are happy to announce that this year, our work is being supported by an advisory group made up of representatives from key networks providing VAW services in the city of Toronto. We are excited to have their input and expertise into the development of the 2018 Training Portfolio.
Each year, we create a needs assessment survey for front-line staff working in the GTA in the VAW sector to help us better understand their training requirements. This survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous.This survey is a key tool in helping us determine the specific topics and themes throughout the training.
Thank you to everyone who has completed the annual Needs Assessment Survey so far. We are excited to receive so many responses and enjoying your feedback. We have extended the survey deadline to Friday September 8th to ensure we have given everyone a chance to provide their input. Your participation is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential.
The Future of Mandatory Charging for Intimate Partner Violence: Status quo or alternative direction?
WomanACT, as a member of the Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network, is proud to support and participate in the research project: “The Future of Mandatory Charging for Intimate Partner Violence: Status quo or alternative direction?”
Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network (BBWON) has undertaken a research project exploring the impacts of mandatory charging policies on women who experience abuse and their families. The project is being funded jointly by VAW Coordinating Committees (VAWCCs) and Mitacs, a research foundation that supports connections between universities and communities. Building a Bigger Wave provides the coordination for VAWCC committees.
This four-month project will create an Ontario-specific research instrument to survey victim/survivors, service providers (e.g. shelters) and police. The surveys have been designed to investigate the impact of mandatory charging on victim/survivors.
This project is the first step for criminal justice system institutions (e.g. police, Crown Attorneys) and community-based organizations in developing more effective responses to domestic violence and reducing associated costs.
A virtual presentation of the project’s initial findings will be facilitated by Deborah E. Conners, Ph.D., University of Ottawa, during the upcoming WomanACT General Members Meeting scheduled to take place on June 29th,2017.
WomanACT is a proud member of the BBWON
The Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network (BBWON) is a feminist-based, volunteer network of passionate professionals and advocates who believe it is vital to strengthen existing multi-sector tables known as Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees (VAWCCs). VAWCCS are existing infrastructure with experience and expertise that can propel social innovation and change. In Ontario, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) funds 48 local committees across the province. As such, VAWCCs can be critical elements of a larger strategy to engage everyone in the province of Ontario to end violence against women and children. The BBWON leadership believes that ending sexual and domestic violence in all its forms is a shared responsibility.
VAWCCs are comprised of committed professionals and advocates who meet regularly to do the heavy lifting on figuring out how to work together more effectively in local communities on domestic and sexual violence cases and related issues. The BBWON is a virtual place for communication and connection for individuals, VAWCCs, and other allies. We are committed to ongoing learning and shared leadership to achieve collective impact on this most complex and destructive global epidemic. BBWON is only one piece of a much larger picture of people working together to create a peaceful and just world.
BBWON is an emergent and evolving network.
BBWON currently has three coordinators who manage overall network activities and projects. Project funding supports their involvement, but most of the work is done on a volunteer basis. This allows BBWON to function according to the priorities identified by the network.
For more information about the work of the BBWON, please visit their web page:
2017-2018 WomanACT Membership Details
Thinking about joining WomanACT General Membership? We welcome the opportunity to discuss how WomanACT can best work with your organization today and to share the key guiding principles upon which our strategic alliances with service providers are based.
If you are a returning member, thank you for your continued support of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto, and we look forward to your ongoing participation.
Please follow this link for the annual Woman Abuse Council of Toronto membership renewal form to be completed and mailed to WomanACT’s office by July 15th, 2017.
We thank you again for your continued support and participation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, concerns or general comments.
Visit our Council Page for more information.
A Better Man is a documentary infusing new energy and possibility into the movement to end violence against women. The powerful film, which follows a series of raw and intimate conversations between co-director Attiya Khan and the man who abused her 20 years ago, recently enjoyed a sold-out run at the 2017 Hot Docs film festival, where it was a Top 20 Audience Favourite.
By popular demand, A Better Man is screening at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema from June 9-21, with an encore screening on June 26. WomanACT is thrilled to be a featured guest of Intervention Productions, co-producer of A Better Man, for the June 13th screening at 1 pm!
WomanACT community members get exclusive access to discounted $8 tickets for this screening or any other during the film's run (regular price: $12).
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WomanACT is looking for a Project Coordinator
In March 2017 WomanACT was awarded funding to the “Advance Gender Equality” project. This project is in keeping with our strategic direction to provide solutions that result in the reduction of violence against women.
Our approach is cross-organizational, project partners play a fundamental role in the project’s design and implementation.
Our project partners are:
This project is part of a pan-Canadian network of 150 women leaders, which will be facilitated at the national level by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and will include ongoing collaboration and five in-person meetings in various Canadian cities.
This 36-month project will prevent recurring violence against women by addressing barriers which prevent women from accessing services, social benefits and safety measures.
Working with stakeholders from community networks representing different services and programs provided in our community, a gender analysis will be undertaken on the impact of policies related to social security, immigration status, child custody and affordable housing for women experiencing violence.
The analysis will inform the development of an action plan to advance solutions to maximize safety and increase opportunities for women rebuilding violence-free lives.
This project’s goal is to host policy dialogues with municipal, provincial, and federal subject matter experts, strengthening longer partnerships for systemic change. Recommendations and final project outcomes will be shared widely with partners, stakeholders, and elected officials through ongoing dialogue.
The Project Coordinator will work directly with organizations’ representatives, women with lived experience, project participants and with municipal, provincial and federal partners.
This initiative will involve the exploration of how policy and systemic issues intersect and contribute to issues of safety. True feminist gender analysis will be taken into account when analyzing how various factors contribute to women’s safety. To ensure at-risk women are included, this project will include the active participation of women with lived experience.
The project coordinator will be reporting directly to WomanACT’s Executive Director and work collaboratively with the project’s women leaders, which will ensure sector consultation and collaboration.
Please follow this link to view the Request for Expression of Interest.
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