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
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 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: http://legalaid.on.ca/DVS.
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 http://www.immigrantandrefugeenff.ca/want-change/about-nff-projects
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 of the MMIWGT2S on July 31st for an International Day of Ceremony. We would like to encourage other agencies and allies in the surrounding area to show their support.
View Official Statement of Support
Ways your organization can show support for Indigenous Nations:
- Organize a moment of silence to honor the lives of each of the victims and their families
- Light a candle in remembrance of the victims and include a brief explanation highlighting the purpose
- Contact your local Indigenous community to ask what your agency can do to best express support and allyship
- Write a letter to show support for the cause or consider using BRAVE’s statement as a template by adding your agency information
- Direct a copy of your statement/letter to The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs by emailing [email protected]
National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls : Six Nations Elected Council Press Release
Six Nations Elected Council has announced their support for the families of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), calling for the resignation of the current Commissioners and the re-establishment of the Inquiry Process.
“The current inquiry is based on colonial values and processes. It must be built on the strengths and resiliencies of Indigenous culture, values, ceremonies, and medicines.” – Chief Ava Hill
The Six Nations families of the MMIWG have asked that July 31st be an International Day of Ceremony to honour the victims and their families.
In solidarity with these families, Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members and organizations have been encouraged to hold spiritual ceremonies and/or take a moment of silence to continue to honour the families and spirits of their loved ones.
View Six Nations Elected Council Official Press Release