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Bridges to Safety: Building the capacity of the settlement sector to respond to gender-based violence, together with the anti-violence sector

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We are officially launching Bridges to Safety, our new online course that will introduce you to gender-based violence, considerations for working with newcomer, immigrant and refugee communities, and the collaborative tools we can use to address it.

What is Bridges to Safety?

Bridges to Safety is a comprehensive, nationally available, introductory online training course for settlement and anti-violence workers. It aims to build a common base of knowledge, increase awareness and education, and enhance the capacity of those in the settlement sector to recognize and respond to situations of gender-based violence in a way that meets the unique needs of newcomer, immigrant and refugee communities. It also aims to increase the capacity of the settlement and anti-violence sectors to work collaboratively in this area, and to focus on building bridges, not silos, between sectors.

Through this course, you will learn about many different forms of gender-based violence, how to recognize them, and how to offer support in ways that are culturally safe, anti-racist, trauma-informed, and that acknowledge the intersectionality of those we serve in our organizations. You will also learn the importance of collaboration in responding to the complex issues of gender-based violence.

 

Wondering how much you know about gender-based violence and the work of settlement organizations? Take our pre-course evaluation!

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Leadership staff and frontline professionals in settlement organizations interested in using this knowledge to implement strategies to better serve their clients who have experienced violence

  • Leadership staff and frontline professionals in anti-violence organizations interested in using this knowledge to better serve their clients from newcomer, immigrant, and refugee communities

  • Other interested professionals who work with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees, or those who want to learn more about gender-based violence

  • Media staff who are interested in learning more about gender-based violence, especially considerations surrounding language and victim-blaming

  • Students, volunteers, or anyone else who wants to learn more about gender-based violence in order to be better prepared to recognize and respond to it

 

Benefits of Bridges to Safety

Knowledge about gender-based violence and collaboration strategies for the settlement and anti-violence sectors will allow you to:

  • Learn about the many types of gender-based violence

  • Understand the root causes of gender-based violence

  • Recognize and respond to gender-based violence

  • Support and meet the unique needs of newcomer, immigrant, and refugee survivors of gender-based violence

  • Build bridges between the settlement and anti-violence sectors

Acknowledgements

The Bridges to Safety online course was developed in partnership with members from,  the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants (CISSA-ACSEI), Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN), Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), and YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, led by curriculum development consultant Sidrah Ahmad-Chan, with support from research consultant Salina Abji and videographer Sonali Advani, with funding from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

 

For more information about the content and modules of this course, see our brochure here.