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Real Talk 

  • This two-hour customized workshop is available to anyone interested in learning how to recognize domestic violence, understand its impact on an individual and the community, and develop comfort in responding to domestic violence disclosures, including providing appropriate support and referrals to services.

Rainbow Ready 

  • This capacity building program is aimed at providing service providers and community agencies the knowledge and skills to provide safe, inclusive service to 2SLGBTQ+ individuals experiencing domestic violence. The program includes an organizational audit, with an examination of agency space, promotional documentation and guiding policies and procedures. It also includes a one-day, specialized training workshop, designed to meet each agencies unique needs. 

Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta

Educational Programs 

  • See online brochure for more training (most subject to costs) 


  • CPLEA’s designated website for abuse and the law in Alberta 

  • Access a variety of fact sheets and resources 

Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter

Learn About Abuse

  • Understanding Abuse

  • Your Role in Ending Abuse 

  • Statistics and Research

  • Take a Stand Initiative

Victims Services Alberta

Alberta police-based victim service programs may utilize the services of highly trained volunteers to provide a 24/7 response to victims of crime and tragedy. Volunteers may provide a continuum of services, from the time of first response by police to the final disposition of the case by the courts.

The Working Mind

  • Seeks to change Canadians’ behaviours and attitudes toward people living with mental illness, helping to ensure people are treated fairly and as full citizens with opportunities to contribute to society like anyone else

  • Choose programs you want to learn about

Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children

Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management – Updated December 2020  

  • This course emphasizes the importance of collaboration for effective risk assessment and management. Through scenario-based learning, participants will learn how to identify high risk situations and how to collaborate with other organizations and services to ensure that situations are appropriately monitored and risk is managed. 

Document, Monitor and Collaborate: A Primer on Domestic Violence Risk Assessment and Management – Updated March 2021  

  • Document, monitor, collaborate offers an introduction to domestic violence risk assessment, risk management and safety planning for professionals in social work and social services, education, health, and union settings. This one-hour course focuses on identifying warning signs and risk factors for domestic violence, having a conversation with a person you may be concerned about, and learning about when to reach out to other resources for collaboration and support. A certificate will be provided upon completion. 

Domestic Violence in the Workplace – Updated September 2021  

  • Many workplaces struggle as they try to develop and implement policies and procedures to prevent and address domestic violence in the workplace. This training will help to prepare everyone in the workplace to recognize, respond and refer when workers are experiencing domestic violence. These are key components of professional development for all members of any workplace environment. 

Neighbours, Friends and Families: Working Together to End Abuse – Update coming October 2021  

  • This webinar provides an introductory understanding of woman abuse and teaches participants the basics of how to recognize warning signs and signs of high risk, how to talk to someone you think might be experiencing domestic violence and how to make an appropriate referral. 

Responding to Disclosure of Sexual Violence on University and College Campuses in Ontario (ONTARIO Specific) – Updated September 2020  

  • This is an engaging, interactive online training that provides insight and guidance for both individual practice and institutional practice to provide better responses to survivors of sexual violence. The training will prepare people in a wide range of roles and positions, including faculty, administrative staff, residence, housing and facilities staff, financial services staff, counselling and accessibility support staff and faculty, international student recruiters and support staff, Indigenous services staff, health and wellness teams, and managers to provide supportive trauma and violence informed responses to disclosures of sexual violence. 

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence – Update coming January 2022 

  • This training has been developed to assist those working in the law enforcement, social work, and education sectors to develop effective responses to victims/survivors who report or disclose experiences of sexual violence. Participates will learn how to provide effective first responses to a report or disclosure of sexual violence through scenario-based learning. Effective first responses are critical to sustain support and intervention from that point forward. 

Responding to Intimate Partner Violence: Refugee Assistance Program Workers – Updated March 2018 

  • Refugee women sometimes experience intimate partner violence. As a RAP Worker, can you recognize the warning signs that a client may be experiencing abuse? Do you know about the risk factors that indicate danger is escalating? Do you know how to respond to a situation where you suspect or have confirmed that intimate partner violence is occurring?  Do you understand pre-migration and migration trauma can impact the safety of refugee women and their families? Do you know how to work collaboratively with violence against women experts in your community? Does your organization have policies and protocols in place to help you respond safely and effectively to situations of intimate partner violence?  These resources will help you to learn about intimate partner violence and how you can effectively and safely support refugee women who are experiencing abuse or who are at risk of experiencing abuse. 

Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

Online training available, as well as training and resource topics.

  • On-demand workshops
  • Live and on-demand webinars

Canada Women's Foundation

Get inspired, and get engaged to build a gender-equal Canada. 

Signal for Help – what to do if you see the sign on video call  

Department of Justice

Introduction to Family Law Amendments Training  

  • Modules to complete in order to receive certification for the training  

  • Takes one hour to complete  

Click for more access to other training and resources specifically for DV in the workplace  

Ending Violence: Association of Canada

EVA CAN has formed in response to the need to foster a national voice, to bring together all of the sectors involved in the array of anti-violence issues for national dialogue and action, for collaboration across provinces and territories to develop comprehensive and coordinated responses, for developing and sharing information and best practices, promoting safety of workers in the field, and creating more effective gateways to services. See Online for backgrounders, discussion papers and reports, as well as guides, manuals, and public education tools. 

Ending Violence: Association of BC

Annual Training 

  • EVA BC’s Annual Training Forum is a key professional development event for anti-violence workers in British Columbia.  This popular forum brings together local and international experts to deliver keynotes and workshops that speak to emerging issues and best practices in the anti-violence field. 

Be More than a Bystander  

  • EVA BC regularly delivers training on its incredibly successful “Be More Than a Bystander” engagement model to a variety of organizations and employers that include professional and amateur sports teams, universities and colleges, unions, professional associations, and more. 

Community Coordination for Women’s Safety (CCWS)  

  • CCWS supports responders and service providers in working together to increase women’s safety in communities across BC. It actively promotes cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination at community, regional and provincial levels. 

Creating Safe Workplaces and Communities  

  • This Canada 150 project led by EVA BC addresses the issue of gender-based violence and its implications for women’s health and safety in the workplace. 

Gender-Based Violence: We Can All Help  

  • This free, online course about gender-based violence is available to health sector workers through a collaborative project between the Ministry of Health, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre, and the Ending Violence Association of BC. 

Indigenous Community Safety  

  • This project creates knowledge sharing opportunities with leadership in Indigenous communities in British Columbia related to criminal justice, family justice and child protection laws, policies and practices that directly affect police and government responses to domestic and sexual violence and child abuse and neglect.   

SHARP Workplaces  

  • SHARP (Sexual Harassment Advice, Response, and Prevention) Workplaces is a five-year collaborative project between EVA BC and Community Legal Assistance Society (CLAS). Funded by the Department of Justice, it helps workplace sexual harassment complainants in British Columbia gain greater access to legal support and more informational resources. It also enables employers and employees to increase their knowledge, skill, and confidence levels in handling this complex

Ontario Assoc. of Interval & Transition Houses

These courses are self-paced, meaning you can start and finish the course at your own pace, and re-visit at any time. Each course has a quiz and you will be awarded a badge upon completion of the course. Must create a free account online.  

Core Courses  

  • Foundations of VAW Practice (Intersectional Feminism, VAW Practice Ethics, Self-Reflective Practice, Portfolio Building, Survivor Inclusion and Record Keeping)
  • Intermediate Foundations of VAW Practice (Primary Prevention, Sexual Violence, Meaningful Work with Indigenous Women, Trans Inclusion, Rights Based Approaches for All Sex Workers)
  • Risk Assessment and Safety Planning 
  • Technology and Safety Planning 
  • The Neurobiology of Gender-Based Violence Across the Lifespan 

Reducing Barriers to Service  

  • Improving Access to Gender-Based Violence Services: Communicating with Survivors With Disabilities or who are Deaf
  • Harm Reduction Modalities in VAW Shelters 
  • Moving Towards Trans Inclusive Shelter and Housing  
  • Working with Aboriginal Women from an Indigenous Lens 

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence 

  • Sexual Violence, The Law and Legal Options
  • Intimate Partner Sexual Violence 
  • Responding to Survivors of Sexual Violence from Immigrant and Refugee Communities 

Working with Women who are Older  

  • Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Older Women
  • Risk Assessment and Safety Planning with Older Women 

Working with Infants, Children and Youth  

  • Risk Assessment and Safety Planning with Infants, Children and Youth 

Recorded webinars and videos produced by OAITH on various topics are available for viewing at your own schedule.  Some videos include discussion guides so you can work through issues with colleagues, fellow students or on your own. 

Voices of Women from Diverse Communitites  

  • Voices of Women from the Trans* Community
  • Criminalization of Aboriginal Women 
  • Understanding Forced Marriage 
  • Sex Work and Harm Reduction 
  • Migrant Sex Workers, Shelters, and the Harm of Anti-Trafficking Efforts 

Counselling and Shelter Work Strategies 

  • Working with Moms and their Kids in VAW Shelters
  • Feminist Anti-Violence Counselling Techniques 
  • Working Together – Case Studies for shelter workers (with discussion guide) 

Mental Health and Addictions  

  • Mental Health – A Feminist Perspective (with discussion guide)
  • Safe for All – Applying Harm Reduction Strategies to VAW work (with discussion guide) 

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Training is constantly updated and individuals have the ability to access recorded webinars as well.

 Family Violence Foundations 

  • Free online learning package to build on previous knowledge to prevent, identify and respond to family violence.

MARAM Training 

  • Builds on Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF). The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework ensures that there is collaboration in the community when it comes to identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk. 

Recognize and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence 

  • Four-day paid accredited course to give essential knowledge, skills and understanding to work effectively with women and their children affected by family violence. 

Battered Women's Justice Project​

Training is constantly updated and individuals have the ability to access recorded webinars as well.

SAFeR Method 

  • Promotes DV informed decision-making in family law matters  

National Resource Centre on DV and Firearms 

  • The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Firearms and the Safer Families, Safer Communities Project, work to prevent domestic violence-related homicides involving firearms by promoting and supporting the effective implementation and enforcement of federal, state and tribal firearm prohibitions in domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases. 

Family Violence Prevention and Services Program – Resource Centre  

  • BWJP has served as the national resource center on civil and criminal justice responses to domestic violence since 1993, when funding to set up the center was granted from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Faith Centered DV

  • This workshop helps advocates adopt a faith-sensitive lens and best practices for supporting families who are guided by their faith.  Participants learn how faith can be a resource or a barrier to hope, help, and healing, gain insight into faith-specific understandings, become aware of best practices and resources for engaging faith leadership as allies, and begin to strategize for working with them in their communities. The presenters are members of the Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. 

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