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Understanding & Responding to Gender Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Round 1


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is pleased to announce our 

Facilitated E-learning training on Gender Based Violence

Understanding & Responding to Gender Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Facilitated

May 23rd- July4th, 2018


Purpose of Course 

The purpose of this FREE training is to help front line practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of gender based violence and develop a supportive response for survivors with intersectional identities. 


Due to the increased vulnerability of newcomer women who have experienced intimate partner violence, it is vital that they are able to receive effective, culturally appropriate services which will address their issues. As settlement practitioners are one of the first points of contact newcomer women have with Canadian social services, they need to be trained to recognize sexual violence, acknowledge rape myths, and provide safe spaces for disclosure and make appropriate referrals.


The course, which is a 6 week online facilitated training, is not meant to provide in-depth training on how to become a counsellor however course content will emphasize the importance of working within professional boundaries and providing referrals to external sources when required.  

The training includes a module on anti-oppression, anti-racism framework which is used throughout the training and will enhance your work in supporting survivors of gender based violence. 


Upon completion of the Training you will be able to:

1.    Have an Understanding Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression & Intersectionality 

2.    Describe signs and symptoms, risk factors and impacts; present the complexity of experiences as they relate to diverse immigrant and refugee communities

3.    Present ways of responding to disclosures; strategies for making referrals; safety planning

4.    Navigate legal systems including family law

5.    Engage with examples of community development, advocacy and engagement efforts that seek to prevent GBV

6.    Develop strategies for frontline workers to practice self-care


Criteria for Participation:

This course is open to settlement workers and service providers who are working with immigrant and refugee women from across the province who are willing to:

  • Commit to approximately 2-4 hours of learning each week for the period of 6 weeks.
  • Engage in active participation
  • Complete the entire program 
  • Provide Feedback to each module via survey


At the successful completion of the entire e-course you will receive a certification of completion from OCASI.


Please note this is a 6 session facilitated ONLINE training.

You will receive instructions on how to access the course materials 2 days prior to the beginning of each course.  

There is no “LIVE” component to the training and you are expected to review each week’s course materials at your own time and complete the work on a weekly basis.  While you can access each module at your convenience during each week for the course, they will be available as follows:

May 23rd-June 27th, 2018

Module 1: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 

Module 2: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Module 3: Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Module 4: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Module 5: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

Module 6: Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

The course will be completed on July4th, 2018

Registration Deadline: 4:00PM, May 21st, 2018 (or once registration fills up)


Course Facilitator:

Chenthoori Malankov is a daughter of the Thamil Diaspora. She is a grassroots feminist anti-sexual violence advocate and support worker. In July 2017 she joined The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants as the Violence Against Women Project Coordinator. Utilizing arts and education models, she designs and facilitates workshops and training on ending violence against women across the province. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her puppy, practising yoga and smashing patriarchy.


If you have any questions regarding the training, please email Chenthoori Malankov at


OCASI’s "Understanding & Responding to Gender Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities" online training series is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).



Have questions about Understanding & Responding to Gender Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Round 1? Contact OCASI



OCASI was formed in 1978 to act as a collective voice for immigrant-serving agencies and to coordinate response to shared needs and concerns. OCASI is a registered charity governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its membership is comprised of more than 200 community-based organizations in the province of Ontario. 

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