Breaking the Links between poverty and violence against women: A resource guide – Recommended resources

Recommended Resources

Addressing Family Violence: Peace Begins at Home
Cost: shipping & handling only
Halte-Femmes Montréal-Nord
634 Boulevard Leger
Montréal-Nord, QUE H1G 1L5
Tel: 514-328-2055 Fax: 514-328-2047

Addressing Family Violence is a compilation of tools and resources for understanding and addressing family violence. The toolkit contains three booklets each written for a different audience and purpose. The first two booklets are designed for parents, and staff and caregivers of organizations that work with women and children, to help them understand family violence and how to help. The third booklet is designed to promote collaborative efforts with other individuals or groups on family violence issues. The third booklet also includes a CD-ROM with all of the booklets in pdf format, slide presentation material, all of the references and resources in the booklets with clickable links for easy access, and a guide to help improve community partnerships.

Asking Women about Abuse and Responding to Disclosures of Abuse: A Guide for Addictions and Mental Health Professionals

Cost: Free
Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children
The Faculty of Education
The University of Western Ontario
1137 Western Road, Rm. 1118
London ON N6G 1G7
Tel: 519-661-4023 Fax: 519-850-2464

Asking Women about Abuse was developed to assist addictions and mental health professionals to ask women about abuse and to help them respond to disclosures of abuse. The Guide was developed through a collaborative process that involved representatives from the violence against women sector, the addictions sector and the mental health sector.

Building Bridges Manual

Cost: $50 +$10.00 (shipping & handling)
Bridges for Women Society
320-1175 Cook Street
Victoria, BC V8V 4A1
Tel: 250-385-7410 Fax: 250-385-7459
Toll Free: 1-866-896-3356

The Building Bridges Manual provides information on a unique employment preparation program for women who have survived abuse. The program's goal is to assist women to make a successful transition to personal and financial independence by overcoming individual and systemic barriers that prevent them from getting and keeping a job. (Also available in French)

Don't Tell Me to Take a Hot Bath: Resource Manual for Crisis Workers

Cost: Free
DisAbled Women's Network Canada
110 Ste Therese Road, Office # 005
Montreal, QC H2Y 1E6
Tel: 514-396-0009 Fax: 514-396-6585
Toll free (Canada): 1-866-396-0074

Don't Tell Me to Take a Hot Bath presents information about the lives and needs of women with disabilities. It addresses the types of abuse experienced, some of their effects and ways in which services can better address these needs.

Common Occurrence: The Impact of Homelessness on Women's Health - Phase II - Community Based Action Research - Final Report

Cost: $20 plus $5.00 shipping & handling
962 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON M6H 1L6
Tel: 416-926-9762 Fax: 416-926-1932

This ground-breaking report looks at the particular nature of women's homelessness and its impact on women's physical, mental and spiritual health. Efforts were made to reach women not usually included in studies on poverty and homelessness, including women who are not in the shelter system but who are in impermanent living conditions, such as a sofa at a friend's house or on the floor of an adult child's apartment. Over 125 women were interviewed in over 12 languages for this report, which also looked at the barriers women face as they try to access the current system of support through the current determinants of health and health care.

From Dark to Light: Regaining a Caring Community

Cost: $50
Status of Women Council of the Northwest Territories
4th Floor Northwest Tower
P.O. Box 1320
Yellowknife, NWT X1A 2L9
Tel: 867-920-6177 Fax: 867-873-0285
Toll-free in the NWT: 1-888-234-4485

From Dark to Light is a "how-to" book on delivering workshops on family violence and healthy family issues. Designed to meet the needs of Northern people, this resource was developed through careful consultation and evaluation with communities across the Northwest Territories. (Also available in French and Inuktitut)

Recreating the World: A Practical Guide to Building Sustainable Communities

Cost: $40 plus GST, shipping & handling
Four Worlds Press
P.O. Box 395
Cochrane, ALTA T4C 1A6
Tel: 403-932-0882 Fax: 403-932-0883

Rooted in decades of work with indigenous communities in the Americas, as well as extensive experience in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the former Soviet Union, Recreating the World is really two books woven together. The first is a down-to-earth exposition of models, principles and strategies for understanding what community development is and how it can be promoted. The second is a rich collection of stories, games, activities and tools that can be used to help others to learn about various aspects of community development practice.

Assisting Immigrant and Refugee Women Abused by Their Sponsors: A Guide for Service Providers

Cost: Free
The BC Institute Against Family Violence
Suite 551 - 409 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2
Telephone: 604-669-7055 Fax: 604-669-7054
Toll free (Canada): 1-877-755-7055
Website: (available in German only)

Immigrant and refugee women who are abused by their sponsor face particular difficulties in accessing personal safety and protection. If these women do not have landed status, or are at risk of deportation for other reasons, the consequences of leaving an abusive sponsor can complicate their immigration status. This guide is written for service providers working with any client who: a) is an immigrant or refugee woman; b) has been sponsored to come to Canada by a partner/ fiance/spouse under the family class sponsorship guidelines; c) is experiencing abuse by her sponsor; and d) wants to separate from her sponsor but is at risk of deportation.

Guide Répondre aux besoins des femmes immigrantes et des communautés ethnocultu- relles : Les défis de l'adaptation des services en violence conjugale

Cost: $15 (shipping & handling included)
Service aux collectivités de l'UQAM
Case postale 8888, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8
Tel: 514-987-3000, x 4879


This practical guide proposes an approach, intervention tools and a number of measures to adapt support services for abused women to the needs of immigrant women and ethnocultural communities. It was produced by the Fédération de ressources d'hébergement pour femmes violentées et en difficulté du Québec (FRHFVDQ) , the Table de concertation en violence conjugale de Montréal , and the Service aux collectivités de l'UQAM , in collaboration with Le Bouclier d'Athéna Services familiaux . The guide can also be viewed on the FRHFVDQ website at: (available in French only)

Training for Change: A CD of Practical Tips and Strategies for Political Action

Cost: $10.00
Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
2 Carleton Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
Tel: 416-977-6619

Training for Change CD contains information about getting started in organizing social change action on violence against women. It was created especially for women working in women's emergency shelters but can be used by anyone wanting to learn basic strategies for social change.

The CD includes short tips for creating an overall strategy, building coalitions and campaigns, lobbying government, working with media and doing public action to raise awareness of political issues.

A Women's Resource Booklet: Overcoming the Impact of Abuse on Employability

Cost: $2.50 + shipping & handling
Bridges for Women Society
320-1175 Cook Street
Victoria, BC V8V 4A1
Tel: 250-385-7410 Fax: 250-385-7459
Toll Free: 1-866-896-3356

This booklet is written for women who are working to overcome abuse and to improve their employability but it also aims to help those working with abused women to better understand and help in the healing process. It presents information about the impact of violence on women and the ways that this can affect their employability along with practical suggestions for how women can help themselves and get help from others.

Youth Council Violence Prevention Toolkit

Cost: This resource is free for non-profit and community organizations
Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
1292 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A9
Tel: 613-722-3033 Fax: 613-722-7687

The Violence Prevention Toolkit community training tool is designed to educate and train participants to promote the prevention of violence against youth, specifically Aboriginal girls. The initiative was undertaken by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) and developed with NWAC Youth Council from a youth perspective.

The Toolkit contains: five comprehensive youth Power Point Workshops developed by NWAC youth dealing with the subjects of Domestic/Relationship Violence, Sexual Assault, Date Violence, Emotional/Psychological Violence, and Bullying; the Facilitator Guide which instructs facilitators how to use the Toolkit and deliver the Workshops; Fact Sheets and Handouts on all five topics including the additional topic of Community Action which teaches youth and communities how to get involved in violence prevention in their communities; Evaluation Forms for delivering the Workshops; and the CD containing all Toolkit materials.

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