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You Are Not Alone

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.

The “You Are Not Alone” campaign, is in recognition of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (May 14 – 20) . The purpose of this campaign is to remind those impacted by violence and crime in Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations of the Grand River that there are 24 hour supports in the community that can help. For more information please visit: https://www.victimsweek.gc.ca/home-accueil.html

24 Hour Crisis and Support: 

  1. Victim Services of Brant :519-752-3140
  2. Indigenous Victim Services: 1-866-455-2204
  3. Ganohkwasra Family Assault Support ServicesSonhatsi:wa Sexual Violence Healing Centre : 519-445-4324
  4. Sexual Assault Centre of Brant: 519-751-3471
  5. Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services519-752-4357

Attached you will find a link to our member agencies, where you can find specific information on how each member agency will respond during this crisis. We are here to help.

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News

“You Are Not Alone” Campaign: Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (May 14 – 20

This campaign is in recognition of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (May 14 – 20) . The purpose of the campaign is to remind those impacted by violence and crime in Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations of the Grand River that there are 24 hour supports in the community that can help. For more information please visit the following link:  https://www.victimsweek.gc.ca/home-accueil.html

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Friendship Walk

Earlier this year BRAVE sponsored and participated in the Friendship Walk, an event organized to express solidarity with the Muslim community and all other diverse communities, in response to the horrific event that took place at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. The event gathered many from the Brantford, Brant County, and Six Nations communities who came together in the spirit of equity and inclusion.  

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Weaving Truth and Reconciliation into the Workplace

On March 3rd, BRAVE hosted a workshop lead by the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic for managers, board members, and agency decision makers from various community agencies in Brantford and Brant County. The workshop explored ways to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action into agency practice and procedures.  

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Enhancing Police Response to Sexual Violence

In February 2017 the Ontario Government provided funding for fifteen two-year pilot projects to enhance police response to sexual violence. The projects will also enhance police investigative practices with an overall goal of building stronger cases and improving justice system outcomes. Brantford Police Service is one of the fifteen two-year pilot projects partnering with the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant, Victim Services Brant, BCHS Domestic Violence/Sexual Violence Care Team, Laurier University and a legal expert on violence against women. Based […]

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BRAVE Participates in Local Pride Events

On June 17th BRAVE, along side The No More Project, participated in local pride events to show solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. As part of BRAVE’s ongoing commitment to become more inclusive to the needs of the LGBTQ+ community with respect to sexual violence and domestic violence prevention and response work, information cards created in partnership with The Bridge Committee on intimate partner violence specific to LGBTQ+ relationships were distributed.  

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Events

VTRA Level 1 Training – Save The Date

June 13 @ 8:00 am - June 14 @ 5:00 pm

VTRA Level 1 “Save The Date” information: 2-Day Training: June 13th & 14th, 2024 Training details: Updated version of the Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Model with the practical application of the Assessment of Risk to Others (ARTO) Please email brave@novavita.org with potential number of staff to attend by April 1st, 2024 at 4pm Fees & Venue yet to be decided.

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VIOLENCE THREAT RISK ASSESSEMENT (VTRA): LEVEL 1 TRAINING – THEORY & PRACTICE

June 13 @ 8:00 am - June 14 @ 5:00 pm

VIOLENCE THREAT RISK ASSESSEMENT (VTRA): LEVEL 1 TRAINING - THEORY & PRACTICE Designed for schools, police, social services, and mental health professionals, VTRA training will teach participants how to identify individuals or groups who are at risk of committing serious acts of violence. FACILITATED BY JOANNA BRANT & KARA MORRIS Certified VTRA Trainers Using real world examples and case studies, participants will learn how to gather appropriate information and build data-driven assessments to determine if a threat-maker poses a risk…

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VIOLENCE THREAT RISK ASSESSEMENT (VTRA): LEVEL 1 TRAINING – THEORY & PRACTICE

June 13 @ 8:00 am - June 14 @ 5:00 pm

VIOLENCE THREAT RISK ASSESSEMENT (VTRA): LEVEL 1 TRAINING - THEORY & PRACTICE Designed for schools, police, social services, and mental health professionals, VTRA training will teach participants how to identify individuals or groups who are at risk of committing serious acts of violence. FACILITATED BY JOANNA BRANT & KARA MORRIS Certified VTRA Trainers Using real world examples and case studies, participants will learn how to gather appropriate information and build data-driven assessments to determine if a threat-maker poses a risk…

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