About Us

The Learning Network is a knowledge mobilization initiative that bridges the gap between current gender-based violence (GBV) research, practice-based knowledge, and lived experience to enhance the capacity of the GBV sector and movement (e.g., legal help, shelter support, advocacy, education, sexual assault counselling). This knowledge is essential to preventing violence across diverse communities, supporting survivors and allies, and promoting gender equity.

Through community partnership and relationship building, we mobilize diverse ways of knowing to offer foundational and advanced GBV knowledge. This includes commonly used language, emerging issues, recent research, educational tools, trauma-informed approaches, and best practices.

Our work includes:

We recognize that efforts to prevent and intervene in GBV requires specialized expertise. The Learning Network offers support to service providers at any stage of their learning to stay informed on current GBV research and practice. Our audience includes all individuals working to end GBV across diverse communities in contexts of intersecting systems of oppression and across multiple sectors including health, children and youth, legal, policy, employment, housing, immigrant and refugee serving, education, and child protection.

Our work is informed by a Provincial Advisory Group comprised of Ontario community and organizational leaders in ending gender-based violence. The Provincial Advisory Group provides ongoing expertise on research, curriculum development, intervention, and prevention to the Learning Network team.

The Learning Network team consists of three community, research, and knowledge mobilization specialists. Learn more about the Learning Network team here.