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Gender-Based Violence: We All Can Help

Please note this training has been developed specifically for health sector workers.

Gender-based violence is a serious health issue that impacts many people in Canada, especially women and girls. It takes many forms, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Gender-based violence can affect anyone, most often women and girls, at any point across the lifespan. Some groups, including Indigenous women, face greater risk of gender-based violence and/or barriers to accessing health care. Pregnancy is one of the most dangerous times for escalation of violence and lethality. The effects of gender-based violence are vast and can include: ongoing emotional issues; plans or acts of self-harm or suicide; frequent, repeated, not-well-explained injuries; unwanted pregnancies; and unexplained chronic pain, among others.

The World Health Organization, Status of Women Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada all recognize the need for improving the health sector’s response to gender-based violence. According to the World Health Organization, healthcare providers are often the first professional contacts for survivors of gender-based violence. Everyone in the health sector has a role in responding to gender-based violence and addressing its impacts, including identifying risk for future violence and death.

As someone working in the health sector, you have the opportunity to make a significant impact in the health and safety of your patients. Are you aware of the signs of gender-based violence and risks factors for homicide? Do you know how to respond?

Gender-Based Violence: We All Can Help

Through a collaborative project between the Ministry of Health, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, and the Ending Violence Association of BC, a great opportunity is available to health sector workers to learn about gender-based violence. This free, online gender-based violence course focuses on understanding, identifying, responding to, and addressing the impacts of gender-based violence. The four-part dynamic and practical course is for anyone who works in the health sector – especially direct service healthcare providers. Through videos and self-paced activities, it provides health workers with the skills and techniques for responding to disclosures of gender-based violence, and addressing the impacts of vicarious trauma, which may arise for some health workers. This online course will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to support survivors of gender-based violence in your day-to-day work.

To register online, visit:

http://learninghub.phsa.ca/Courses/17362/gender-based-violence

For more information, please contact pop.health@cw.bc.ca

Click here for a list of EVA BC anti-violence member programs in your health authority.