RAP Worker Training

VAW E-Learning Project - Advanced Recognition and Response to VAW in Ontario

Responding to Intimate Partner Violence - Resettlement Assistance Programs in Ontario


  1. Protocol - Ensure that all RAP Centres that are providing services to the Syrian refugee community have a shared, standardized protocol in place when violence against women is suspected, witnessed and/or disclosed.
  2. Training - In collaboration with an advisory committee, develop and disseminate a comprehensive VAW online training curriculum for all front-line staff in RAP Centres across Ontario.
  3. Resource Guide - Create and distribute a resource guide for RAP Centres to utilize in service delivery that will include key strategies, best practice guidelines, information, and resources.


While the issue of violence against women who are refugees is not new, the need to establish a responsive system that will enable (in situations of violence) the initiation of a prompt, efficient, and coordinated procedure to end the violence immediately, protect the woman from further violence and ensure adequate legal and psycho-social intervention is vital. Our mission is to advance the current capacity of Resettlement Assistance Programs (RAP) in Ontario as they are responding to incidents of abuse within the context of their existing service delivery. The program is proposing 3 Key Guiding Principles that will serve as the foundation for this collective response which includes:

  1. Recognize
  2. Respond
  3. Refer

Through the training materials, resource guide, and protocol development activities, Advancing Recognition and Response to Violence Against Women in Ontario: A Collaborative Initiative for Resettlement Service Delivery aims to improve organizational response to violence against refugee women in a uniform yet highly sensitive way.


60 Minute Resource Guide Utilization Webinar

Project Partners

Rexdale Women's Centre - A World of Difference Logo OCASI - Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants logo Western's Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children Logo