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Criminal Harassment: A Handbook for Police and Crown Prosecutors, 2nd Edition
Federal/Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Criminal Harassment, prepared for Department of Justice Canada

This handbook provides guidelines for police, Crown prosecutors and other criminal justice personnel. The guidelines cover the investigation, charging and prosecution of criminal harassment cases – usually called "stalking." Police and Crowns are encouraged to adapt these guidelines to reflect the particular needs and circumstances of each jurisdiction and each case. March 2004, 61 p. (Available in French)

Don’t Make me Repeat Myself: A Peer Educator’s Advocacy Training Manual for Youth on Gender-Based Violence (PDF document)
Youth Alliance Project, METRAC

This training manual is designed for youth peer educators who want to facilitate youth training on issues of gender-based violence, advocacy, civic engagement and oppression. Although it is geared towards youth in the City of Toronto, it can be adapted to youth who live in other locations. 2008, 15 p.

Freedom From Violence: Tools for Working with Trauma, Mental Health and Substance Use
BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs

This comprehensive toolkit was created in response from frontline workers for materials on trauma, mental health and substance use. September 2007, 345 p.

Implementing a Woman Abuse Screening Protocol: Facilitating Connections between Mental Health, Addictions and Woman Abuse (PDF document)
The Women’s Mental Health and Addictions Action Research Coalition

This manual provides guidelines on how to assist abused women to create safety through screening for woman abuse and woman abuse-related trauma and through responding appropriately to disclosures of abuse. It is specifically for frontline and management staff from the mental health and addictions sectors. The accompanying booklet is also available: Asking Women About Abuse and Responding to Abuse Disclosure: A Guide for Addictions and Mental Health. 2007, 120 p.


Neighbours, Friends and Family: Community Action Kit to Prevent Woman Abuse (PDF document)
Ontario Women’s Directorate

Neighbours, friends and families is a campaign to reach neighbours, friends and family members of women and their children who are experiencing abuse. The contents of this kit are meant to guide the work of community facilitators or leaders in starting a campaign with members of the community. The kit has been designed to be adaptable to diverse communities and circumstances. Brochures, safety cards, booklets and other materials are available in multiple languages. 56 p. (Available in French)

Safely On Your Way: Child Custody and Access Information for Women Leaving Abusive Relationships and Their Service Providers
Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia

This resource was developed for women with children who are leaving an abusive relationship. It provides legal information for women in the post-separation stage who are trying to deal with custody and access issues, focusing on information women need to keep themselves and their children safe. 2008, 298 p.

Safety and Health Enhancement (SHE) Framework for Women Experiencing Abuse: A Toolkit for Health Care Providers and Planners (PDF document)
Jill Cory and Lynda Dechief, with Louise Godard, BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre and the BC Institute Against Family Violence

This practical tool is designed to guide a team of practitioners, planners, and community partners through a process of identifying compounding harms and safety and health enhancement measures in a particular area of health care. It also includes a SHE evidence paper which draws from research, women's stories and reports from international bodies. 2007, 106 p.

Second Stage Shelters: Closing the Gap (PDF document)
Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters

This practical guide provides Alberta communities the information they need to introduce a Second Stage shelter and provide long term care and services to women and their children. 2008, 199 p.

Surviving the System Handbook: Advice on Using the Legal System if you are a Survivor of Sexual Violence (PDF document)
Edited by Barb MacQuarrie, Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children

This handbook is intended for women who experience sexual violence. Information is provided on the many forms of sexual violence, what options women have who want to get help, as well as the process and possible outcomes of seeking legal action against perpetrators. It also includes a section dedicated to the issue of workplace sexual harassment which attempts to answer common questions and concerns about how to get help as well as the consequences of reporting. 2008, 111 p.

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