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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

Statistics Canada: Almost 19% year over year increase in Sexual Assaults in Ontario

Statistics Canada released recent findings of Incident-based crime statistics in Canada. In these statistics, we can see that the prevalence of sexual assault in Ontario rose from 7,434 police-reported incidences in 2016 and 8,782 in 2017 to 10,634 in 2018 —revealing a year over year increase of almost 19%. While Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is troubled to learn of the many Ontarians that reported sexual assault in 2018 — over 74 individuals per 100,000 according to Statistics […]

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What Survivors are saying about Ontario Sexual Assault Centres

The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres includes 29 community-based sexual assault centres. We’ve been believing survivors for over 40 years.  Centres provide counselling, information and support to survivors of sexual violence in communities across Ontario.   In one year, 16,550 survivors of sexual violence accessed individual and group counselling at Ontario Sexual Assault Centres. 98.9% of survivors who accessed support either strongly agreed or agreed that they felt supported while receiving our services. Read more here Please share widely! Find your local sexual assault centre: sexualassaultsupport.ca/support. […]

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BBW Summer Newsletter

Attached is the Building A Bigger Wave (BBW) Summer Newsletter. You can also find the newsletter on the website. http://BBW_Newsletter_Summer_2019

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Supporting Sexual Violence Survivors: Infographic

Did you know? Sexual assault cases are not always resolved through the criminal justice system. While it is important that survivors of sexual violence have access to the legal system, they may also need other kinds of supports.   What does support mean to survivors of sexual violence?  Read here or see attached Please share widely! Find your local sexual assault centre: www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/support.

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Ontario Sexual Assault Centres: Our Impact

A Justice Canada study examined the economic cost of violent crime and found that the largest single cost — $4.8 billion in one year – was attributed to sexual assault and other sexual offences.   Sexual assault centres aim to reduce this burden on survivors and their support people. Centres provide free counselling, information and support for survivors of sexual violence in communities across Ontario. The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres includes 29 community-based sexual assault centres:   In […]

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K.A.T.C.H. “Kids and the changing home”

November 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dalhousie Place, 82 Charlotte Street
Brantford, ON N3T 2X1 Canada
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K.A.T.C.H. "Kids and the changing home":   A FREE SIX WEEK PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN LIVING WITH SEPARATION & DIVORCE ​ To provide a safe, and child-focused setting for children utilizing a Recreational Therapy approach to learn coping skills while dealing with conflict in separation and divorce. In separated families, the children often experience emotions such as fear, sadness, guilt and anxiety. This group will provide coping skills and information around families and feelings. To provide a safe, and child-focused setting for…

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Native Women’s Centre: 3rd Annual Gala

November 14, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Carmen’s Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Rd
Hamilton, ON L8W 3P9 Canada
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$175

Native Women's Centre: 3rd Annual Gala Native Women's Centre: 3rd Annual Gala Event Details: Silent Auction Date: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 Location: Carmen's Banquet Centre 1520 Stone Church Rd, Hamilton, Ontario L8W 3P9 Cost: $175 per ticket OR $1280 for a Table of 8 Deadline to purchase tickets is November 7th, 2018 Time: Door's open at 5:30pm and Dinner from: 6-9pm Theme: A Murder Mystery Dinner Contact: (905)-664-1114   * Sponsorship's available

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L.E.A.D – FREE 2 Day Program on Developing Community Grassroot Leadership

January 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

L.E.A.D - FREE 2 Day Program on Developing Community Grassroot Leadership Leadership. Education. Advocacy. Development L.E.A.D is for people who are seeking to make a difference in their own lives and in the community. Further your skills in: communicating, working through conflict, reflecting, and community organizing. Gain insights into working with systems, and into your leadership skills.   Date: March 28th-29th 2019 Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm For more information and to register, contact JoAnne Dubois at: Phone: (519)-754-0777 ext. 252…

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BRAVE PRESENTS: Anti-Islamophobia in Practice: How Social Services Can Address Harmful Racial and Religious Bias

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
SCJ-127 – 38 Market Street, 38 Market Street
Brantford, ON N3T 2Z5 Canada
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BRAVE PRESENTS: Anti-Islamophobia in Practice: How Social Services Can Address Harmful Racial and Religious Bias Please find attached a poster for a workshop that BRAVE is presenting in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier’s Diversity and Equity Office. The workshop aims to address Harmful Racial and Religious Bias in Social Services. The workshop will be held on: Thursday March 7th from 10-12pm at Wilfrid Laurier University (Room: SCJ 127) You can RSVP directly to me, if you’re able to come! Feel free…

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VIOLENCE THREAT RISK ASSESSMENT (VTRA) TRAINING, LEVEL 1: THEORY AND PRACTICE

June 18 @ 8:30 am - June 19 @ 4:00 pm
$100

BRAVE presents: VIOLENCE THREAT RISK ASSESSMENT (VTRA) TRAINING, LEVEL 1: THEORY AND PRACTICE 2 Days Training - Tuesday, June 18th & Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 / 8:30am - 4:00pm (Registration starts at 8:30pm) Facilitated by local trainers Who: VTRA Training is designed for schools, police, social services, and mental health professionals. What: VTRA Training will teach participants how to identify individuals or groups who are at risk of committing serious acts of violence. Using real world examples and case studies, participants will learn how to gather appropriate…

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