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This site represents the collaborative efforts of several different social service organizations in Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. As members of the BRAVE Committee, these agencies are dedicated to coordinating the community’s response to  gendered violence, domestic violence and sexual violence. This is achieved through advocacy for improvements in existing systems, prevention and intervention initiatives, increased accountability in service delivery, the promotion of education and training amongst agencies, and to ensure that established protocols are followed.

News

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women: BRAVE Community Event

November and December are important months for raising awareness of gender-based violence around the world.  December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women marks the anniversary of 14 young women who lost their lives at l’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, simply because they were women. The BRAVE Committee invites you to join in a Candlelight Vigil and Knowledge Exchange in solidarity with those who have been affected by gender-based violence. This event also coincides with The 16 […]

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Paid time off for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

On November 10th, 2017 the Toronto Star reported that survivors of domestic or sexual violence will soon be able to access 5 days of paid leave and an additional 15 weeks of unpaid leave. This outcome is a direct result of the momentum created by the Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, along with the efforts of many advocates across Ontario.   “This amendment is the direct result of what we heard from advocates during the […]

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Legal Aid Ontario Releases Domestic Violence Strategy

Adapted from Legal Aid Ontario: http://beta.legalaid.on.ca/strategic/domestic-violence-strategy/   As part of its domestic violence strategy, Legal Aid Ontario has developed a three-year action plan, which you can read on our website. This blueprint comes after months of consultations with survivors, shelter workers, and other frontline legal and community service staff. During these consultations, Legal Aid Ontario received a lot of feedback on how we can enhance how we help domestic violence clients. The plan recognizes survivors are the experts of their […]

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Immigrant and Refugee Communities, Neighbours, Friends and Families (IRCNFF) Campaign

The Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) is working in partnership with IRCNFF to expand its reach by recruiting and training Peer Champions across Ontario. The Campaign’s goal is to raise awareness about the warning signs of violence against immigrant and refugee women, promote bystander intervention within immigrant and refugee communities across Ontario,  raise awareness about the unique barriers immigrant and refugees face when seeking support, and advocacy. A Peer Champion has been hired for the Brantford community and will hold […]

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BRAVE Stands United in Solidarity with Indigenous Communities: Official Statement of Support

  BRAVE stands united in solidarity with Indigenous communities and their decision to request a restructuring of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & Two-Spirit (MMIWGT2S). As a multi-sector, community-based coordinating committee that advocates for improvements in existing systems, we wholeheartedly support Indigenous communities across Turtle Island that are currently advocating to have their culture, traditions, and intersectional lenses represented throughout the MMIWGT2S Inquiry process. BRAVE will be joining Six Nations in honouring the spirits […]

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Events

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ontario Women's Directorate