Please note: Enrollment for this course is NOW OPEN

This self-directed introductory-level course is to help front line practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of gender based violence and develop a supportive response for survivors.  The focus will not only be on abuse that can occur within intimate relationships but also gender based violence that is perpetuated by family members, friends, acquaintances, those in positions of power and strangers. 

Successful participants committed approximately 3-4 hours of learning each week.

This self-directed course provides participants with knowledge and tools helpful in aiding victims of family violence. It offers information on:

  • basic immigration and refugee law concepts relevant in the context of family violence
  • immigration and refugee law obstacles that immigrant, refugee and non-status victims of family violence face when they try to leave an abusive family relationship
  • legal solutions for a victim to obtain immigration status in Canada

 This course has not been updated in the past 2 - 5 years

This 5-week self-directed introductory-level course is to help front line practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of sexual violence and develop a supportive response for survivors.  The focus will not only be on abuse that can occur within intimate relationships but also sexual violence that is perpetuated by family members, friends, acquaintances, those in positions of power and strangers. 

Successful participants committed approximately 3-4 hours of learning each week.


This 5-week self-directed introductory-level course is to help front line practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of sexual violence and develop a supportive response for survivors.  The focus will not only be on abuse that can occur within intimate relationships but also sexual violence that is perpetuated by family members, friends, acquaintances, those in positions of power and strangers. 

Successful participants committed approximately 3-4 hours of learning each week.