November is the month when women’s anti-violence advocates engage in 16 Days of Activism (Nov. 25 – Dec. 10) to end gender-based violence
November 25th is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women; December 6th commemorates the 14 women killed in 1989 in the Montreal Massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique, and all the other women, including missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, who have been taken by femicide to date. It is a long list that haunts every women’s advocate.
This year, the NOWC and many other feminist groups across the province will focus on promoting the 86 jury recommendations from the recent Renfrew inquest into the murders of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam. We will bring some of them forward during the 16 Days of Activism because they directly reflect the work we have been doing for many years and speak to the reality of women who face the risk of gender-based violence (GBV), intimate partner violence (IPV) or femicide.
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- Get Help in Thunder Bay District: https://www.endwomanabuse.com/get-help/local-resources/
- GBV Navigation Advocate: [email protected] or (807) 935-8042
- Programming Responses for Intimate Partner Violence (Ontario): https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/jr/ipv-vpi/p10.html
- Institutional Betrayal (Smith & Freyd, 2014): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265419181_Institutional_Betrayal
- A Visual Training Tool for Direct Service Providers to better understand the neurobiology of trauma and violence against women across the lifespan (OAITH, 2019): https://herbrainchose.oaith.ca/brain-tool/understanding-trauma.html
- Trauma- (and Violence-) Informed Approaches to Supporting Victims of Violence: Policy and Practice Considerations: https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/cj-jp/victim/rd9-rr9/p2.html
- Trauma- and Violence-Informed Interview Strategies in Work with Survivors of Gender-Based Violence: https://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/our-work/issuebased_newsletters/issue-32/index.html
- Culleton, Kuzyk & Warmerdam (CKW) Inquest advocacy toolkit (Luke’s Place, October 2022): https://lukesplace.ca/culleton-kuzyk-warmerdam-ckw-inquest-advocacy-toolkit/
- Lessons from a Rural Inquest: Taking Action to Support the Recommendations from the Renfrew County Inquest (recording and slides): https://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/our-work/special-events/renfrew-county-inquest/index.html
- Joint Statement on the Release of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: https://lukesplace.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Final-Joint-Statement-on-NAP.pdf
- A Report to Guide the Implementation of a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence: https://nationalactionplan.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/NAP-Final-Report.pdf