Emerging Issues

New framework draws connections across gender-based violence sector

June 15, 2022

Recognizing Critical Expertise: A Knowledge and Skills Framework for Intimate Partner Violence Specialists is a first-of-its-kind research study in North America that examined the often-unrecognized expertise of gender-based violence (GBV) service providers – those who support people experiencing abuse and those who perpetrate violence in their intimate relationships.

Working alongside 70+ partners from across all provinces and territories, and with significant input from survivors, the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) developed a report and framework that brings together core knowledge and the skills of service providers responding to adult survivors, child survivors, and those who have behaved abusively. The framework can help health and social service professionals better recognize the need for and value of working with GBV service workers to support their clients and communities.

“The framework is a starting point,” CREVAWC academic director Katreena Scott explained. “We aim to show how coordinated efforts across service providers could result in service improvements, education, training and better policy that will benefit individuals and families dealing with intimate partner violence.”

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