In January 2021, the Canadian government announced a commitment to develop a National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. Leading up to the development of the Plan, we undertook consultations with community organizations and survivors on what they wanted to see in the Plan.

The report provides an overview of what we heard from consultations, including key messages and priorities for the Plan.


Women’s organizations and survivors across Ontario have made significant efforts to address the issue of violence against women. Much work has gone into creating ways that services, delivered by a variety of sectors, can provide wraparound support to women and children.

This report makes a case for greater coordination between sectors across Ontario and provides direction about tools that could be used by communities to increase communication and coordination.


The Policies Matter Project undertook a significant gender-based analysis of policy and the impact of policy intersections on women who experience violence, and the project constitutes a remarkable contribution to the violence against women (VAW) sector.

This report presents the key activities and outcomes of the Policies Matter Project. It summarizes the groundwork laid by earlier reports and refocuses on the policy intersections that inadvertently put women who experience violence at increased risk, while also proposing a framework for assessing the determinants of women’s safety. The report catalogues many of the services, interventions and innovations being undertaken by various service providers to address the front-line realities experienced by women, and to advance women’s safety and equality.


The High Risk Project at WomanACT was established to develop a coordinated response to high-risk and potentially lethal situations of woman abuse in the Toronto area. The High Risk Response Model was developed to ensure early identification of high risk and strategies for intervention.

This program report explores the project from an evaluation standpoint and explores the challenges and opportunities and suggests further policy recommendations.


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