This learning series for health sector workers focuses on understanding, identifying, responding to and addressing the impacts of gender-based violence.
A collaboration between the BC Ministry of Health, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre and the
Ending Violence Association of BC
, this online series is designed for anyone who works in the health sector. It teaches skills and techniques for responding to disclosures of gender-based violence, and addressing the impacts of vicarious trauma, which may arise for some health workers.
Gender-based violence, which includes intimate partner violence and sexual violence, is a serious health issue that impacts many people in Canada. GBV can affect anyone, most often women and girls, at any point across the lifespan. Some groups, including Indigenous women, face greater risk of gender-based violence and/or barriers to accessing health care.
The World Health Organization, Status of Women Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada all recognize the need for improved health sector response to gender-based violence.
According to the World Health Organization, “a healthcare provider is likely to be the first professional contact for survivors of intimate partner violence or sexual assault,” two of the most common forms of gender-based violence. Everyone in the health sector has a role in responding to gender-based violence and addressing its impacts.