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Ontario Launches New Strategy to End Gender-Based Violence

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Following the launch of It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment three years ago, on March 1st 2018 Ontario launched It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy as the next big step towards ending gender-based violence in all its forms.

With a focus on both domestic violence and sexual violence, the strategy will target four key action areas:

  • Improving services and supports for survivors of and those at risk of experiencing gender-based violence
  • Intervening early and effectively to prevent the cycle of violence
  • Changing minds and challenging attitudes
  • Creating safer spaces within the justice sector

The new framework will designate up to $242-million and builds on the important work already underway through the Domestic Violence Action Plan, It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women and Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking.

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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 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence which begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25th) and ends on International Human Rights Day (December 10th).

This event is open to ALL community members. For more information please visit


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 consultation process for Bill 148.” – Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour


Full Toronto Star article.

Legal Aid Ontario Releases Domestic Violence Strategy

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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 own experience and have an important role to play in the development of solutions. The plan focuses on:

  • making it easier for domestic violence survivors to access services
  • improving how legal aid staff, community legal clinic staff, and lawyers provide help by training them to understand the complicated legal needs of domestic violence clients
  • looking at ways for LAO to work with community groups to provide supports that don’t currently exist.

We invite you to share the strategy with groups that either work with domestic violence survivors or who have an interest in this work. You can read more on our website at:


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 a minimum of two events to build knowledge, action, and leadership on gender-based violence.

A FREE Information and Awareness Session on Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee Women, with a special focus on the barriers faced, is being held on Wednesday September 27, 2017 from 10:00am-1:00pm at the Brantford Public Library. This event is for service providers or anyone who is working closely with immigrant and refugee communities. Please register by September 10th, 2017 by emailing [email protected]

BRAVE will be supporting this local Campaign along with YMCA Immigrant and Settlement Services and Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services.

For more information please visit


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