stopping violence

Advancing the Safety and Well-being of Immigrant Women in Northwest British Columbia

Training and education for front-line service providers responding to violence against women

Research indicates that immigrant and refugee women living in rural and remote areas face unique barriers in attempting to seek help to end the violence in their lives. These barriers may include transportation, language and geographic isolation. Fewer community resources and biased/entrenched attitudes toward newcomer women may also hinder their access to support. Feedback from front-line service providers involved in past collaborations with rural and isolated communities indicates the need for more information and knowledge to better meet the needs of immigrant and refugee women.

In response to this need, MOSAIC successfully delivered three full-day training sessions to front-line service providers in Kitimat, Prince Rupert and Terrace. This training guide, developed to supplement the in-person training, provides information on working with newcomer women that are experiencing or are at risk of family violence and/or violence committed in the name of “honour.” It also addresses the issues and complexities of working with culturally marginalized women, and lets users further explore issues beyond their own culture that are at play and look at how cultural bias and stereotypes can impact their work.

The aim of this training guide is to provide service providers with techniques and strategies they can use to increase their skill base/ability to support culturally and linguistically marginalized women.

This training guide includes:

  • Best practices do’s and don’ts for service providers
  • A risk assessment framework (RAF)
  • A sample 3 hr workshop

Browse the training guide below or download the PDF here: Advancing the Safety and Well-being of Immigrant Women in Northwest British Columbia