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Welcome

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.

B.R.A.V.E’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis:

As we face the Covid-19 Crisis the B.R.A.V.E Committee remains committed to providing a community response to gender-based violence, domestic violence and sexual assault. As a community we are practicing social distancing while continuing to support our clients. While our response to your calls may be different from what you are used to, we are still here to answer your phone calls, provide information and give you the assistance that you need at this difficult time.

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.

For updates and links to additional resources:

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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Events

BRAVE Presents Lunch & Learn Series for Service Providers

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join your fellow local service providers over the lunch hour on the third Thursday of the month for a free, virtual, informal and informative discussion covering a range of topics to help us serve our community better. No registration required. Sessions begin promptly at 12PM. Please login 5 minutes before presentation begins. May 19th, 2022: Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services A presentation by Kara Bailey, Community Counselling & Operations Manager at Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services, discussing Nova…

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Unity in Diversity: Human Library Series

May 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services and the Brantford Public Library are collaborating to start a new speaker series, Unity in Diversity: Human Library Series. Throughout this free biweekly series community members will share their diverse experiences through stories and conversations. When we share experiences and stories we spark a connection, we learn about each other’s traditions, practices, and historical truths, and we unlearn false and harmful narratives. Stories convey meaning and purpose that help us understand ourselves and…

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Unity in Diversity: Human Library Series

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services and the Brantford Public Library are collaborating to start a new speaker series, Unity in Diversity: Human Library Series. Throughout this free biweekly series community members will share their diverse experiences through stories and conversations. When we share experiences and stories we spark a connection, we learn about each other’s traditions, practices, and historical truths, and we unlearn false and harmful narratives. Stories convey meaning and purpose that help us understand ourselves and…

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BRAVE Presents Lunch & Learn Series for Service Providers

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join your fellow local service providers over the lunch hour on the third Thursday of the month for a free, virtual, informal and informative discussion covering a range of topics to help us serve our community better. No registration required. Sessions begin promptly at 12PM. Please login 5 minutes before presentation begins. June 16th, 2022: Supporting 2SLGBTQIA+ Populations: A Trauma Informed Approach This session will begin with an introduction to "WorQshop: Building Safer Spaces" services, followed by a brief discussion…

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Unity in Diversity: Human Library Series

June 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  Nova Vita Domestic Violence Prevention Services and the Brantford Public Library are collaborating to start a new speaker series, Unity in Diversity: Human Library Series. Throughout this free biweekly series community members will share their diverse experiences through stories and conversations. When we share experiences and stories we spark a connection, we learn about each other’s traditions, practices, and historical truths, and we unlearn false and harmful narratives. Stories convey meaning and purpose that help us understand ourselves and…

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