Strengthening Community-Based
Anti-Violence Worker Wellness Through
Systemic Occupational Health and Safety Supports

This project will develop and implement a national evidence-based strategy to advance systemic change that addresses the need for equitable access to occupational health and safety supports for community-based gender-based violence workers across Canada. Despite their exposure to trauma and violence, anti-violence workers often lack equitable access to occupational health and safety supports for preventing and responding to work-related stress.

Additionally, anti-violence workers often lack access to adequate wages, extended health-care benefits, pensions, and training opportunities necessary to prevent work-related stress injuries and harm. Recognizing that the anti-violence workforce is equally deserving of occupational health and safety supports, this national project will undertake the immediate action necessary to ensure consistent, evidence-based, and systems-focused occupational health and safety supports for the anti-violence workforce in Canada.

RESEARCH

What do we know about health and safety supports for workers in the anti-violence sector?

Through a number of research initiatives, this project will start to fill a gap in the availability of data that tells the story of the state of gender-based violence worker health and safety supports for the community-based gender-based violence workforce in Canada.

SUPPORTING FRONTLINE WORKERS

How can we strengthen health and safety supports for GBV Frontline Workers?

Ensuring that the gender-based violence workforce has access to equitable health and safety supports is essential. Over the course of this project, we will develop training and education tools for those working in the sector, as well as a public education campaign.
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POLICY CHANGE & ADVOCACY

What systemic policy change is necessary to strengthen health and safety supports for the GBV workforce?

Through a comprehensive of review of current and emerging policy and legislation, this project will develop a national policy and advocacy strategy to guide and advance systemic policy change to support and address occupational health and safety supports for gender-based violence workers.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

How can we work together to strengthen health and safety supports for the GBV workforce?

In carrying out this project, EVA Canada will be guided by a national advisory committee made of advocates, frontline workers, and institutional partners focused on the issue of gender-based violence worker wellness and occupational health and safety supports.
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