We actively support research that sheds light on the issue of gender-based violence. We share this research and our community’s services and resources through our Speaker Series.
We also collaborate with groups working to end gender-based violence. Together, we strive to contribute to conversations and find solutions to issues such as gender-based violence, youth and drinking, and engaging men in violence prevention.
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Unsafe at Home Ottawa
Unsafe at Home Ottawa is a bilingual, safe and secure text and chat line for women and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Ottawa and in Lanark County who may be experiencing violence in the home. The line operates from 8:30 AM to midnight, seven days a week and provides support, referrals, resources, systems navigation support, and safety planning to chatters. Unsafe at Home Ottawa also keeps a live list of shelter bed availability in Ottawa and area, in order to make the most relevant referrals possible. This up-to-date data base is accessible to other service providers, upon their request.
Project SoundCheckWith support from Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Sexual Assault Network partnered with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women for Project SoundCheck. The program teaches event volunteers to recognize and handle situations that may look like sexual assaults at large festivals and events. A 2014 study by the Ottawa Hospital Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program found that of the 204 new cases of sexual assault reported to the program in 2013, 25% of them happened at festivals, parties and other big events. Bluesfest, Escapade Music Festival and Canada Day festivities in Kanata have all taken the training. Volunteers learn strategies to intervene in sexual assaults and how to get help.
Violence prevention for 2SLGBTQ+ youth
Ottawa youth need more support and better access to services according to a 2021 Needs Assessment of Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQ+ Youth and Young Adults with Regard to Violence Prevention. Here are the key findings:
- More support is needed for trans and racialized individuals
- Information about existing services is not reaching intended audiences
- Service locations are difficult to access
- There are fears surrounding the service process
The results were released at a 2021 virtual event. Hear more about the research, findings and how you can put these recommendations into action on YouTube.
This study was commissioned by CPO in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. It supports CPO’s work to better understand the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Ottawa.