Older Women, Gender-Based Violence and Femicide in Ontario

November 16, 2021
OAITH webinar on Femicide and gender based violence

Older women often describe feeling invisible within services, systems, and communities.   After experiencing multiple forms of violence, often throughout generations and by multiple perpetrators, their needs for service and support are unique and complex.

Compared to younger survivors, older women:
-are less likely to report both sexual and intimate partner violence

-have unique risk factors related to lethality and escalation of violence

-experience additional barriers to accessing supports and services

Femicide rates against older women are on the rise and the pandemic has resulted in new and increased challenges for service providers and community members providing support, service and care. An overview of femicide of older women in Ontario and high-risk factors which may indicate a risk of lethality (death) will be provided.

This interactive workshop will include an overview of OAITH’s resources, training, tools, tips and knowledge focused on increasing capacity to provide trauma-informed service and support for older women who have experienced violence.

Strategies will be provided for community members, professionals, and care/service providers to effectively  recognize and respond to concerns an older woman is experiencing some form of abuse or violence.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E0H6X-9nRtCB53veXr7VoQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar provided with an ASL Interpreter

Speakers

Amber Wardell

Communications & Resource Coordinator, Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)

Amber Wardell is the Communications & Resource Coordinator for the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH).  Amber has worked for over 15 years as a community educator, coordinator, advocate and counsellor for survivors of gender-based violence in rural communities. As Coordinator of OAITH’s Aging Without Violence Project (2018-2020), Amber assisted in developing new tools and resources focused on ending violence against older women in Ontario. OAITH is a coalition of first stage emergency women’s shelters, 2nd stage housing organizations and community-based women organizations who work towards ending violence against all women.

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