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Resources for GBV and COVID-19

In Canada, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is defined as “violence that is inflicted upon a person or persons due to their gender identity, gender expression, or perceived gender” (Statistics Canada). Physical, emotional, financial, social, environmental, and spiritual abuse are all examples of GBV.

Intimate-partner violence (IPV) and family violence are two common forms of GBV. IPV often referred to as spousal or domestic abuse, involves multiple aspects of harm perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner or spouse. Any kind of abuse, mistreatment, or neglect suffered by someone of any age from a family member or other domestic/familial relationship is referred to as Family Violence.

The COVID-19 pandemic has unearthed and highlighted the existing barriers and obstacles faced by those in abusive situations and the pre-existing gender-based inequalities that remain unattended. As restrictive measures, such as social and physical isolation, are being enforced to flatten the curve, there are increased barriers for those living in abusive environments to find means of escape in search of safety. 

Help and support are available. This resource list is meant to be a starting point for those who are currently experiencing domestic violence or are supporting someone who is.

  • Find Help Across Canada
    • Ending Violence Association of Canada has created a list of resources for those that are looking for immediate help.
  • How To Plan For Your Safety If You Are In An Abusive Relationship
    • The Public Health Agency of Canada has outlined a five-step plan for leaving an abusive relationship.
  • Crisis Lines For Those Affected By Gender-Based Violence
    • The Department of Women and Gender Equality of Canada has created a list of crisis lines to assist those that are experiencing Gender-Based Violence.
  • ShelterSafe: Get Help
    • ShelterSafe has an interactive map that can help find shelters and crisis helplines near you.
  • Seeking Support?
    • The Canadian Women’s Foundation has created a list of resources for those that are experiencing violence and seeking support.
  • eMentalHealth.ca
    • eMentalHealth is a database with a variety of resources and services to assist those that are seeking help based on their location.
  • MyPlan Canada
    • MyPlan Canada has created a list of resources national-wide to help those that are looking for domestic violence hotlines.
    • MyPlan Canada is also coming up with an app that will help folks that are seeking to leave abusive environments.

  • Domestic Violence
    • The Mayo Clinic has dedicated its efforts to creating a page that provides general insight on men experiencing gender-based violence and men seeking immediate support.
  • Help for Men Who Are Being Abused
    • HelpGuide has created an information page that speaks and outlines the experiences of men experiencing abuse.
    • There is information for men that are part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and provides insights and tips on safety planning.
  • Intimate Partner Abuse Against Men
    • The Public Health Agency of Canada has a dedicated page that speaks on intimate partner abuse against men in Canada and shares the statistics gathered by Statistic Canada.
  • Men Can Be Victims of Abuse Too
    • The National Domestic Violence Hotline has created a page dispelling stereotypes and assumptions surrounding men that have experienced domestic violence.
  • Resources from Around the Network
    • MenEngage Alliance has curated a list of resources from all over the world that addresses Gender-Based Violence and men.
  • A Guide For Male Survivors of Domestic Violence
    • Domestic Shelter has created a guide that outlines the various forms of abuse that men may experience and the type of help that is available.

  • Canadian Women’s Foundation:
    • Their mission is to stop violence, end poverty and empower girls.
  • End Violence Against Women
    • Their mission is to work as a unified voice for systemic change while providing leadership for collaboration and knowledge exchange amongst partners and transition houses across the country.
  • YWCA Canada
    • Advance gender equity for all women through informed advocacy and strong Member Associations
  • Shelter Safe
    • Their mandate is to provide shelters to those in need.
  • National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence
    • The NACAFV advocates for and supports shelters by providing practical training, culturally appropriate resources and opportunities to network in a supportive environment.
  • Youthline
    • Youthline believes in fostering leadership and personal skills in young people. It does this by focusing on involving young people; both those who seek assistance and those who wish to develop themselves.

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