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Addressing Gender-based Violence

Gender-based violence is a health issue. Healthcare workers need to recognize the signs of violence and know how to respond to patients with experiences of violence, trauma and abuse.

Healthcare workers need to be ready to respond to this need, but at the same time we know that healthcare workers can themselves be affected by gender-based violence. You may know survivors or be a survivor yourself, or you may experience vicarious trauma while caring for patients. It is equally important to address the effects of gender-based violence experienced by healthcare workers to support everyone’s health and wellbeing.

Crisis lines

VictimLinkBC: A toll-free, provincial help line, available 24/7 that provides information and referral services to all victims of crime, and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence. It is available in 130 languages including 17 Indigenous languages.

Phone: 1-800-563-0808. To call collect, call the Telus Relay Service at 711. 
Text 604-836-6381 
TTY 604-875-0885
KUU-US Crisis Line Society: Provincial, 24/7 crisis line for Indigenous peoples including First Nation (Status and Non-status), Inuit and Metis.

Toll-free: 1-800-588-8717
Youth Line: 250-723-2040
Adult Line: 250-723-4050


  •  Support line available 24 Hours a Day
  • Other culturally-safe Supports
  • Services covered by First Nations Health Benefits
  • Suicide prevention toolkit

SOURCE: Addressing Gender-based Violence ( )
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