If you have a loved one who has experienced sexualized and gender-based violence, it can feel overwhelming to figure out how to provide care. It is common to feel this way, and the first step in becoming an effective support person is in gaining more information. Here are some resources that can help you to better understand the impact that sexualized and gender-based violence can have on a survivor, and information on how you can support them. Remember to be gentle on yourself as you go through this process.
A Letter of Advice for Friends, Family, and Supporters of Survivors - On supporting survivors.
Opening the Circle, Ontario Resource - For families & friends of survivors.
Ontario Resource Guide - Help find support for a loved one.
Mentor Action - More on getting involved in the Hamilton community.
Neighbours, Friends and Families - a public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse