Questions & answers
How is gender-based violence defined?
Gender-based violence, commonly referred to as GBV, is violence that is committed against someone based on their gender, their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or perceived gender identity.
In Canada, GBV disproportionately affects women and girls, as well as diverse populations, such as Indigenous peoples, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2) and gender non-binary individuals; those living in northern, rural and remote communities; people with disabilities; newcomers; children and youth; and seniors.
What is the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre?
As a key component of the federal strategy, It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre was created to better align government resources and enable knowledge sharing in view of preventing and addressing GBV.
Think of the Knowledge Centre like a centralized hub within Women and Gender Equality Canada (formerly Status of Women Canada), which houses information on the state of GBV in Canada, as well as resources to help address and/or prevent GBV. The Knowledge Centre represents the big picture on GBV—a tool to better coordinate actions, house and share data and analytical products, and support the federal strategy.
Why is there a need for the GBV Knowledge Centre?
In 2016, during consultations across the country, we heard that there was a need for a centralized hub of information and research to better coordinate actions on GBV, including an online platform. As a result, the Knowledge Centre was created to help bridge the knowledge gaps on GBV in Canada.
The Knowledge Centre’s online platform is intended to be a reliable, trusted source of timely and relevant information. As the platform evolves, it will become a space where those committed to preventing and addressing GBV are able to engage with each other, and share information and lessons learned.
Who is the GBV Knowledge Centre for?
The Knowledge Centre is intended for everyone who has an interest in working towards ending GBV across Canada. This may include decision-makers, service providers, GBV sector organizations, academia, all levels of governments, civil society organizations, students, youth, and others.
What’s next for the GBV Knowledge Centre?
For the Knowledge Centre to be effective, it should meet the needs of its intended users. As such, the GBV Knowledge Centre’s online platform is updated on an ongoing basis as information and evidence becomes available. In addition to ensuring timely inclusion of new and relevant information, it will also enable user feedback to be incorporated so the Knowledge Centre continues to be a responsive resource on preventing and addressing GBV in Canada.
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