The Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Program

The intimate partner violence prevention program offers:

Service directory

A directory of LGBTQ2S+ inclusive, knowledgeable and respectful services in your area (in progress)

Free Workshops (2-3 hours)

For LGBTQ2S+ Services: Geared toward informing LGBTQ2S+ service providers on the circumstances of IPV within the rainbow community
For Intimate Partner Violence Services: Geared toward informing IPV service providers of the specific LGBTQ2S+ circumstances associated with IPV
The Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Prevention Program at the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity aims to increase capacity of LGBTQ2S+ agencies by providing them with tools, information on services, and training to support LGBTQ2S+ victims of domestic physical assault, sexual assault and emotional abuse and to increase their access to the criminal justice system. We work with LGBTQ2S+ agencies, law enforcement, and non-LGBTQ2S+ organizations to create best practices to address the gaps in victim services and increase access to justice for LGBTQ2S+ people. The IPV Prevention program delivers comprehensive training to LGBGQ2S+ agencies and criminal justice system players across the country on how to better support LGBTQ2S+ victims of crime.

We will work with any and all service providers across Canada who may come into contact with LGBTQ2S+ victims of intimate partner violence, including:

  • sexual assault centres
  • community resource/health centres
  • legal services
  • victim services
  • police units
  • sexual health centres
  • pride centres
  • university/college programs
  • and many others

All our services are completely free of charge and we are able to travel to where you are to facilitate the workshops.

For inquiries, to book a workshop, or to receive tools and information, please contact:

(613) 400-1875

Support a Survivor

You don’t have to be an expert, you just have to be yourself. If someone shares their experience with you, be a source of support.

  • Listen and validate. Listening is an act of love and compassion. Assure the person that they have the right to feel whatever emotions they are having, that the experience was not their fault, and that you care about and support them. Here are some helpful phrases you can use:
    • “I believe you.”
    • “This is not your fault.”
    • “You are not alone. I’m here for you. Thank you for telling me.”
    • “Your emotions are valid.”
    • “You are worthy and deserving of a safe and healthy life.”
  • Ask what more you can do to help. Offer information for support services to survivors but leave space for them to make a decision for themselves. Instead of pushing someone to take actions they aren’t ready for, ask how you can support them.
  • Care for yourself. The experience of secondary trauma, often called vicarious trauma, can impact or become a part of us. It’s important to take care of yourself as you support another person. Take some time for yourself after a conversation to honour your own needs and do something that makes you feel good as a way to re-centre.


Actions You Can Take to Help End Intimate Partner Violence

  • Speak out against media that perpetuates intimate partner violence, gender inequality or any other form of discrimination. Support media messages about healthy relationships, consent and respect.
  • Learn about community resources that are available to support LGBTQ2S+ survivors and share that information with others.
  • Donate your time and money to organizations that are working to end intimate partner violence in LGBTQ2S+ lives.
  • Participate in local efforts to raise awareness of LGBTQ2S+ intimate partner violence.
  • If you are a service provider, request that the CCGSD present to your organization on intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ2S+ lives to increase capacity and better support LGBTQ2S+ survivors.


Intimate Partner Violence Supports Across Canada

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre

British Columbia
Victim Link BC

Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line

New Brunswick
Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

Newfoundland and Labrador
NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre

Northwest Territories
Sutherland House Women’s Shelter

Nova Scotia
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre

Nunavut Kamatsiagtut Helpline

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres

Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Rape & Sexual Assault Centre

Quebec Provincial Helpline for Victims of Sexual Assault

Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre

Yukon Victim Services

Shelter Safe – Women’s Shelters Canada
Women’s Shelters Across Canada
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