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Training Resources for Working with Diverse Groups of Women

Indigenous Women

ANANGOSH: Legal Information Manual for Shelter Workers
This manual is designed by NACAFV to help Indigenous women and service providers address key aspects of violence, as well as understand Indigenous women’s legal rights on matters related to leaving a violent relationship. It discusses legal tools for women’s safety, and provides information about relevant legal protections. The manual begins with an explanation of the rights-based framework to addressing violence against Indigenous women, and of the historical and social context that impacts Indigenous women in Canada.

Resources for Shelter Workers Providing Services to First Nations Women
This document is designed by NACAFV and intended for the use of shelter workers who provide services to First Nations women in Canada. The document details legal services, provincial/territorial government services, INAC regional branches, provincial/territorial Human Rights commissions, and general resources.

Indigenous Women, Intimate Partner Violence & Housing

(Dis)Ability and Accessibility

Women with Disabilities and D/deaf Women, Housing, and Violence

Accueillir et accompagner les femmes ayant des limitations fonctionelles
Ce guide a été conçu pour aider les travailleuses et les gestionnaires des maisons d’aide et d’hébergement pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale à prendre les mesures nécessaires pour que les femmes ayant des limitations fonctionnelles puissent avoir un réel accès à leurs services. Cet outil pourra aussi être utile à d’autres types de maisons d’hébergement ainsi qu’à d’autres organismes ou établissements soucieux d’assurer une réelle inclusion de l’ensemble de la population.

Springtide Resources- Improving Access to Violence Against Women Services for Women with Disabilities
This e-learning resource will provide participants with an increased ability to support and advocate for women with disabilities and women who are Deaf who have experienced physical or sexual violence, or criminal harassment, and who are seeking services from your agency. Topics covered include; understanding the accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Customer Service Standard, communicating and interacting with people with disabilities, serving persons who use service animals, support persons or assistive devices and accessibility at your agency. This course is targeted at anyone who provides direct service to women who may disclose a history of physical or sexual violence or criminal harassment, such as counselors/therapists, rape crisis centre workers, victim support workers, settlement workers, health care professionals, and related women’s services workers.
Price: Free- Other programs available at a cost

Queer Deaf Womyn: Violence and Harassment Education
The Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf, in collaboration with Springtide Resources, is creating the first Canadian American Sign Language (ASL) and captioned DVD about healthy and unhealthy relationships and different forms of violence and harassment that Deaf Queer women experience.

Elderly Women

Elder Abuse Screening, Intervention, and Response Guide for Health Care Providers
Fact Sheet to aid frontline workers in identifying Elder Abuse and how to approach it. 

The Senior Friendly Care Framework
The goal of senior-friendly care is to achieve the best possible health outcomes for older adults. The sfCare Framework, by Senior Friendly Care and Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto, provides the foundation for achieving this goal through guiding principles and defining statements which are intended to foster improvements in care across the system and inspire greater collaboration between older adults and their caregivers, care providers, and organizations.

Connection Generations: A Toolkit for Planning Intergenerational Events
This Intergenerational Toolkit will help communities and organizations to engage children, youth and seniors in effectively hosting intergenerational projects. It contains practical information and resources to support educators, care providers, community groups and agencies in coordinating successful intergenerational initiatives. The aim is to promote learning, understanding and mutual respect among people of all generations in order to build stronger and healthier communities within New Brunswick.

Social Isolation of Seniors: A focus on LGBTQ Seniors in Canada
This supplement is a resource to help organizations and service providers adopt approaches to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) seniors strengthen human connections. Social isolation is a silent reality experienced by many seniors, particularly LGBTQ seniors. It is hoped that this resource will heighten awareness and sensitivity and help organizations address LGBTQ seniors’ particular social needs.

Count Me In! Promoting Seniors’ Mental Health and Community Participation
Count Me In! is a multifactorial program that aims to promote the community participation of seniors who are experiencing psychosocial difficulties and who may also have a mental illness. The specific objective of the program is to encourage these seniors to participate in activities that offer stimulating opportunities for social interaction (Figure 1). The program can be adapted to different client profiles and contexts, such as health and social services establishments, community organizations, and even residences. It is meant to be offered by healthcare professionals or community practitioners with experience in mental health and group facilitation, as well as by peer helpers.

Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide: Using Indicators to Measure Progress
The Public Health Agency of Canada has prepared the Age-Friendly Communities Evaluation Guide to provide communities with practical information on how to use indicators to measure progress and evaluate their age-friendly initiatives. Age-friendly communities are those communities that are taking steps to help their older residents remain healthy, active and independent, and to continue to make important contributions as they age.

Family & Friend Caregivers Information and Resource Handbook
United Way of the Lower Mainland is pleased to place this Metro Vancouver Family and Friend Caregivers Information and Resource Handbook – Second Edition, in your hands. The handbook is United Way’s response to repeated calls for an accessible, up-to-date guide – in print form – to all the information that family and friend caregivers of the elderly need in their caregiving journeys. Directed to family and friend caregivers, the handbook recognizes the crucial role that unpaid caregivers play in Metro Vancouver’s public health system. Just like doctors and nurses, they need comprehensive, up-to-date information in order to provide proper care to their loved ones.

For more information, tools, and resources on Elder Abuse, visit the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. 

Immigration, Refugees, and Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking: Canada is Not Immune – Online Training by BC Ministry of Justice
This is a free online training program for Canadian front line service providers on how to recognize, protect and assist a person who may have been trafficked. The online training program provides materials to help service providers and others identify trafficked persons. The course provides information on how to support trafficked persons and appropriate referral services for help and protection. The online training program has four modules and takes approximately 5 – 7 hours to complete. The course can be completed at your own pace. Produced in 2012. Price: Free

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants Family Violence Against Immigrant & Refugee Women: Community Development Strategies 
This self-directed training is intended for immigrant service and other community-based organizations that are in a unique capacity to reach vulnerable and/or isolated immigrant women and their communities. It addresses the need to enhance domestic violence prevention strategies to reach immigrant and refugee women, including women without legal immigration status, trafficked women and women from racialized low-income communities. Price: Free

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants Family Violence and Refugee and Immigration Law
This self-directed course provides participants with knowledge and tools helpful in aiding victims of family violence. It offers information on, basic immigration and refugee law concepts relevant in the context of family violence, immigration and refugee law obstacles that immigrant, refugee and non-status victims of family violence face when they try to leave an abusive family relationship and legal solutions for a victim to obtain immigration status in Canada. Price: Free

Prevention of Domestic Violence against Immigrant and Refugee Women through Early Intervention
This self-directed training is intended for settlement service providers and anyone who frequently provides services to immigrants, refugees and undocumented women. Price: Free

Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women Leaving Violence Webinar
Building Supports: Housing Access for Immigrant and Refugee Women (IRW) Leaving Violenceis a collaborative, three-year, community-based project, co-led by the BC Non-profit Housing Association, the BC Society of Transition Houses, and the FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children (School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University). This project is focused on understanding the barriers to accessing secure and affordable house for IRW leaving violent relationships and considering possible recommendations for practice and policy to address those barriers.

LGBTQ

Queer Deaf Womyn: Violence and Harassment Education
The Ontario Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf, in collaboration with Springtide Resources, is creating the first Canadian American Sign Language (ASL) and captioned DVD about healthy and unhealthy relationships and different forms of violence and harassment that Deaf Queer women experience.

Social Isolation of Seniors: A focus on LGBTQ Seniors in Canada
This supplement is a resource to help organizations and service providers adopt approaches to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) seniors strengthen human connections. Social isolation is a silent reality experienced by many seniors, particularly LGBTQ seniors. It is hoped that this resource will heighten awareness and sensitivity and help organizations address LGBTQ seniors’ particular social needs.

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