Made possible thanks to the support from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth launched a Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project (GBVP) through the YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs. The project began in September 2017 with a focus on working with newcomer children, youth, and families to raise awareness about gender-based violence and how to access available resources within their community. The project also focuses on capacity building of service providers to engage, support and better understand how gender-based violence impacts newcomer communities. Programming developed through the GBVP focuses on building healthy relationships, strong families, and providing information about preventing gender-based violence. We invited youth to participate in a Forum Theatre Workshop (video above) that got them thinking and talking about, a variety of social issues including racism, sexism, and Islamophobia.  This recorded session is used as a tool in the project.

To view more resources on our Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project please click below:

Gender-Based Violence Prevention Manual

Video Facilitator Guide

Engaging Young Men in Gender-Based Violence Prevention

“ImPowered” Girls Conference Guide

At our YMCA Centre for Immigrant Programs we host GBVP workshops, but we are also available to come to any organization or service provider to facilitate group workshops. If you or your organization are interested in a free workshop please contact Briana Miller [email protected].

For more information about Gender-Based Violence Prevention and upcoming workshops please contact:

Briana Miller
Coordinator, Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project

[email protected]

For information about the GBV Settlement Sector Strategy please contact: 
Kathryn Bates-Khan
Manager, Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project
[email protected]


GBV Settlement Sector Strategy

In April 2019, four organizations* from the anti-violence and settlement sectors partnered to begin collaborative work on developing a strategy to build capacity to better address gender-based violence (GBV) for newcomers, refugees and/or other immigrant groups. Gender-based violence knows no bounds – it takes place in every community, every culture and every sector of society – it crosses all socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and occupations. GBV affects everyone. Service providers who engage with diverse communities or offer support to newcomers are often the first point of contact, so it is essential to have culturally responsive knowledge and skills to be able to effectively support clients. 

Between 2019-2022, with input from the settlement and anti-violence sectors, and through funding from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this project will build the capacity of settlement and anti-violence sectors to co-develop a shared base of knowledge and to better support newcomers and refugees through a coordinated, comprehensive approach. Working collaboratively across Canada is a strategic way to make change happen. By building on current expertise, knowledge and resources in the anti-violence and settlement sectors, this coordinated effort recognizes the reality that newcomers and refugees continue to experience structural barriers to accessing support. Working together in partnership between the four organizations and engaging their members increases our ability to deliver GBV prevention and intervention and better serve individuals and families experiencing violence.

The project partners have completed an initial needs assessment, which had three components: an environmental scan, an on-line survey with service provider organizations and key informant interviews with leaders in the field.  Research highlights were presented in March 2020.  Read the report — GBV Settlement Strategy Research Bulletin  

Visit our project website at

CISSA-ACSEI, The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance – Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants
EVA CAN, Ending Violence Association of Canada
OCASI, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants
YMCA of Greater Halifax Dartmouth – Immigrant Services