An effective approach to the prevention and response to violence against women requires a coordinated and integrated response across sectors and agencies. In addition, violence against women cannot be seen in isolation from the social factors that increase women’s risk of violence. These factors include poverty, childhood sexual abuse, mental health and addictions, discrimination and racism, lack of safe and affordable housing, limited access to education and meaningful employment.
This report summarizes the findings from a planning session with violence against women agencies across Toronto who came together to identify how to improve coordination, communication and input into social policies, especially housing policy. The report recommends creating infrastructure that will enable agencies to influence public policy and public opinion.