With funding from Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Strategy Project Team launched its national strategy for settlement organizations this month. The strategy aims to build a common base of knowledge and coordinate responses to GBV between the settlement and anti-violence sectors. It offers five key priorities for front-line workers who provide programs and services for newcomers, immigrants, and refugees across Canada.

Service providers who engage with diverse communities or offer settlement support to newcomers are often the first point of contact, therefore, it is essential to have culturally responsive knowledge and skills to effectively support clients. Working in partnership across sectors increases our ability to expand our knowledge base, access information about GBV resources, and to better serve individuals and families experiencing violence.

The strategy sets out priorities and activities to increase the capacity of both sectors in key areas identified by a needs assessment conducted in the Fall of 2019. It highlights collaboration between the anti-violence and settlement sectors as the key to increasing and improving information sharing, conversations and relationship building – all of which have the potential to improve safety for newcomers, immigrants, and refugees experiencing GBV.

Gender-Based Violence affects everyone. It crosses all socio-economic backgrounds, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and occupations. We all have a role to play in ending Gender-Based Violence.

You can access the full strategy report here: https://www.ngbv.ca

The Project Team is a collaborative partnership between:

CISSA-ACSEI, The Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance –

Alliance canadienne du secteur de l’établissement des immigrants

EVA CANADA, Ending Violence Association of Canada

OCASI, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

YMCA of Greater Halifax Dartmouth-Immigrant Services


For more information please contact:

Kathryn Bates-Khan

Manager Gender Based Violence Prevention Project

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth, Centre for Immigrant Programs

104-7071 Bayers Rd Halifax NS, B3L 2C2

T: 902-457-1959 M: 902-456-7223

E: [email protected]