Sexual Assault Prevention Month Awareness Campaign 2019

May 1st marks the start of Sexual Assault Prevention Month. Ontario recognizes this month as a time to raise awareness about the impact of sexual assault and focus on the measures being taken to stop violence and support survivors.

Alcohol and other substances are involved in about 25-50% of sexual assaults reported both locally and across the country. The use of substances in sexual assaults is an important issue that asks us to look at and understand the issue a little differently.

The HKLN Drug Strategy will be participating in #SAPM by increasing awareness about the role of alcohol and other drugs in sexual assaults during the week of May 6-10th. We have put together a social media toolkit to help others engage in this important conversation.  Each day of the week will have a targeted message, with links to connect you to additional information and resources. Click here to see a message from the contributing partners.

Please help us by using this toolkit and sharing our social media messages widely.

Click here to subscribe to the drug strategy’s E-Newsletter for SAPM campaign details, and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Inviting Resilience

Inviting Resilience is a national conference hosted by Trent UniversityKawartha Sexual Assault Centre; and The Mane Intent Inc on May 21 & May 22, 2019 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. The Inviting Resilience Conference will combine academic and experiential learning to provide meaningful opportunities in building community capacity for the newest evidence-based practices; community-driven, multi-sectoral initiatives; and trauma-informed programming focused on building resilience in youth and adults impacted by childhood adversity and interpersonal trauma over the lifespan.

Learn what is required to create and nurture resilient communities. Gain ideas and create meaningful connections with others who share an interest in trauma-informed programming. Build your toolkit of coping skills and resilience-building resources that you can bring to your practice, your community initiatives, your organization and your life.

The conference program is designed for researchers, practitioners, program facilitators, health care professionals, educators, social workers and other knowledge workers in community service, education, public health and crime prevention with an interest in strengths-based, trauma-informed community programs and research in the areas of mental health, trauma, youth, resilience, socio-emotional learning and equine-assisted learning.


The Empowering Internet Safety Guide for Women

Published by VPN Mentor

Have you ever been harassed in the street? Received a crass message on a dating app? Had a coworker make a comment about your appearance that just didn’t sit right?

You’re not alone.

With the #MeToo movement, it’s easy to log onto Twitter or Facebook and see just how many women are victims of sexual harassment. Whether in person or online, women everywhere have experienced it in one way or another. And with all the new ways the internet has opened avenues of communication, online harassment is more prevalent than ever.

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, most online abuse takes place on social media. Although men are also subject to online harassment – which includes name calling, derision, and physical threats – the study found that online, women are more than twice as likely as men to experience sexual harassment.

In addition, more than half of women ages 18-29 report having been sent sexually explicit images without their consent.

This number is only growing, and while 70% of women believe online harassment to be a major problem, not many know how to prevent it.

Women are often targeted simply because they are women. Attacks are often sexualized or misogynistic, and rhetoric tends to focus on their bodies and sexual violence. This is both physically and emotionally damaging, and women are often intimidated into silence, preferring to disengage rather than put themselves at risk.

However, there are ways we can protect ourselves.

This guide was written with the intention of empowering women to navigate the internet without fear. We discuss common occurrences in which women are subject to harassment in their daily lives – on social media, at work, while dating, and more – and give tips and advice on how women can take control.

It is important for us to note that some of the advice given here encourages anonymity, rather than risking being targeted. While this may seem to run counter to the idea of encouraging self-expression, we believe that every woman should be empowered to make that choice for herself.

Our job is to give you the tools you need to do that.

We hope this guide encourages women everywhere to defend and protect themselves, and to stand up to sexual harassment, both on and off the web.

Harassment on Social Media

The majority of online harassment takes place on social media, which makes sense given how much time most of us spend on these platforms. Broad social networks, often combined with anonymity, leads to a reality in which anything you post, tweet, or share opens you up to potential abuse.

Below, we delve into the most popular social media platforms, and show you how to protect yourself from creeps, trolls, and stalkers.



Drop In Centre available for women in crisis

Thrive Northumberland offers a drop in centre every Monday morning for women who are in crisis.  This is a walk-in service – no appointment is necessary.  Childcare is available.

Thrive Northumberland coordinates immediate support for women who are experiencing or fleeing from violence, abuse or assault.  Onsite support from various community agencies is available, including counselling, family court support, employment services and housing assistance.

Thrive Northumberland is located inside Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre at 45 Swayne Street, Cobourg, Ontario.  If you are not able to travel to the centre you can call 905.372.1545 for immediate, confidential help over the phone.

The Thrive Northumberland Drop In Centre operates every Monday from 9am to 12pm.  For 24/7 help call the Cornerstone Crisis Line at 1.800.263.3757.

Trauma informed harm reduction tools centering women

On March 2, 2018 the Women & HIV?Aids Initiative @ PARN is hosting a workshop for community service providers with an interest in knowing more about harm reduction.

March 2 Workshop

There will be arts-based activities, women with lived exerience sharing their experiences and tools to expand your practice. The workshop will be talking about specifically gendered experiences.

This is a free session from 1-3pm on March 2nd at 159 King Street in Peterborough, Ontario.  To register email Ariel at or call 705.749.9110.

Ariel O’Neill is the Women and HIV Animator at PARN (Your Community AIDS Resource Network) part of a provincial network of health promoters and community developers who work to reduce systemic barriers facing women, including violence and stigma, which contribute to HIV risk acquisition.

Ariel has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) from the University of Ottawa, is a certified Compassion Fatigue Trainer and a seasoned facilitator and speaker. More importantly, she has lived experience of family impacts of addiction and trauma and has worked with people experiencing multiple complexities.

Excited about creativity, social justice and equity, Ariel is a lifelong feminist and has worked in research, crisis intervention and staff development settings. She additionally has lobbied locally and provincially for reproductive health access. Her current role includes seasonal lectures at Trent University in the School of Nursing, placement student supervision, art based discussion groups at Central East Corrections Centre and One Roof Diner as well as in house promotion of trauma informed tools and approaches to harm reduction work.


Save the Date for Imaginate 2018


One-Day Conference Program

Green Wood Coalition is pleased to present IMAGINATE 2018 – a one-day conference and evening of performance and talks exploring some of the most pressing social issues of our time. The daytime conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include a selection of workshops and panel discussions, morning refreshments and a catered lunch.

Upon purchase of your ticket, you will be prompted to choose workshop preferences.

Friday Morning, March 23

8:30 a.m. Check in/Registration, Victoria Hall

9:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker Jesse Thistle

Cree-Metis on his mother’s side and Algonquin-Scot on his father’s side, Jesse is a Ph.D. candidate in History, a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar, and a Governor General Medalist. For the past 2 years as the Resident Scholar on Indigenous Homelessness for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, he wrote the Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada. His lived-experience with addiction and homelessness has shaped the way he approaches homeless policy, Indigenous history, social work, and addiction studies.

10:00 a.m. Break with Refreshments

10:30 a.m. Morning Workshops (Choose one)

A. Murphy’s Law Film Screening – Megan Murphy, Filmmaker Award-winning documentary chronicles the filmmaker’s story of self-discovery and healing as she retraces her late father’s journey through Ireland. Audience Q & A will follow.

B. Engaging the Other– Christian Harvey, Director of Warming Room, Peterborough Interactive workshop that explores meaningful engagement and interconnectedness of those who “help” with those who are “marginalized”. (Limited to first 30 participants)

Noon Lunch Break

Friday Afternoon:

1:00 p.m. Birds of Chicago

JT Nero and Allison Russell will fire up the afternoon with a socially-conscious sound that’s been described as a mix of folk, mountain gospel, soul and rock, a “near perfect Americana.”

1:45 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (Choose one)

A. The Authentic Voice – Moderated by Dr. Cyndi Gilmer, Trent School of Nursing

This “lived experience” panel of individuals who have overcome homelessness, hunger, or addiction and now use those experiences to build better social responses, and help others to find healing.

B. Extending the Table – Moderated by Nicole Beatty, Community Builder

Canada is one of the world’s leading exporters of food—why then do we have hungry people in this country? This panel of big thinkers, hosted by Local Food for Local Good, and Cultivate Festival, will explore the possibilities for growing and sharing food in ways that are accessible, affordable and healthy for everyone.

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – Truth and Re-Imagination

A conversation between Ojibway playwright and author Drew Hayden Taylor; Mississauga artist and biologist Rick Beaver; Alderville First Nation Councillor Julie Bothwell; and Metis artist Mique Michelle, centred on visioning a way forward through story, art and Indigenous ways of knowing.

4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Evening of Possibility 7:00-9:00 p.m., Victoria Hall

We present this inspiring lineup of musicians, poets, filmmakers and storytellers, each of whom is committed to creating a better way for our community:

David Newland: Host, Musician, Adventurer

Drew Hayden Taylor: Author, Playwright

Birds of Chicago: Americana Musicians

Mique Michelle: Graffiti Artist

Arlene Howells: Change Communicator

Jesse Thistle: Scholar and Survivor

Christian Harvey: Social Justice Leader

Megan Murphy: Filmmaker, Broadcaster

Ted Staunton: Children’s Author

Reception by Cultivate Festival of Food & Drink

Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile, 2016

Family violence in Canada: A statistical profile is an annual report produced by the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics under the Federal Family Violence Initiative. Since 1998, this report has provided current data on the nature and extent of family violence in Canada, as well as analysis of trends over time. The information presented here is used extensively to monitor changes that inform policy makers and the public.

The 2016 edition of the report features an in-depth analysis of self-reported stalking in Canada, using data from the 2014 General Social Survey on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization). This featured section examines the nature and prevalence of self-reported stalking, including how stalking behaviour has changed over time. A particular focus on intimate partner stalking is also presented, including an overview of how stalking that occurs in the context of these relationships differs from other kinds of stalking in important ways. The featured section also provides a multivariate analysis of various risk factors that impact the odds of stalking victimization, both within and outside of intimate partner relationships.

As in past years, this year’s report also includes sections dedicated to police-reported data on family violence in general, intimate partner violence specifically, family violence against children and youth, and family violence against seniors. Presented in a fact sheet format accompanied by detailed data tables, these sections provide readers with key findings for 2016 from the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey and the Homicide Survey. For the first time in 2016, these sections also include an analysis of persons accused of family violence.

In this report, ‘family’ refers to relationships defined through blood, marriage, common-law partnership, foster care or adoption; ‘family violence’ refers to violent criminal offences where the perpetrator is a family member of the victim, as defined above.

Download the full 2016 report by clicking here.

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Shelter Voices 2017


We are pleased to announce the release of Shelter Voices 2017, the fourth national survey of tranition houses and shelters serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence. This one-day snapshot from 193 shelters across the country offers a sense of the hopes, challenges, and experiences of shelter workers and the women they serve. This year’s edition of Shelter Voices also focuses on perpetrators’ misuse of technology to harm and harass women, youth, and children. We hope that this resource will assist you in the prevention and advocacy work you do in your local communities. Please find Shelter Voices 2017 attached or view it online here.

Kaitlin Bardswich, Communications and Development Coordinator

Women’s Shelters Canada  |