TransFormed: Better Health For Trans, Gender-Diverse, and Two-Spirit Survivors of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
Above: Artwork by Maybella (2018)
On April 12, 2018, METRAC launched TransFormed: Better Health for Trans, Gender-Diverse, and Two-Spirit Survivors of Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence. This three-year project has been funded by Public Health Agency of Canada and is supported by partnerships between multi-sector agencies. TransFormed is focused on understanding how domestic violence and intimate partner violence (DV/IPV) is experienced by Trans folk, Gender-Fluid, Two-Spirit and non-binary community members across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), within a context that meets safety, trauma-informed and confidentiality needs. The project utilizes peer-led approaches and develops tools and training to build capacity among Ontario health and multi-sector providers, thereby increasing access to effective and equitable health and social supports.
Trans is an umbrella term referring to people with diverse gender identities and expressions that differ from stereotypical gender norms – www.ohrc.on.ca.
Two-Spirit refers to a person who has both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some First Nations people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity – www.lgbtqhealth.ca
TransFormed Project Coordinator, METRAC
Communications Coordinator, METRAC
Above: painting by Eric Tigley, inspired by initial committee meeting (2015)
In April 2015, METRAC launched the Toronto Safe City Committee. This group is made up of diverse and engaged community members. They discuss high level strategies to prevent and reduce violence against women and vulnerable populations at high risk of physical and sexual violence. Read about the first meeting
Above: Media Education Project panel at Ryerson University School of Journalism (November 2014)
Launched by METRAC in 2013, this group of organizations collaborates to improve how violence against women and girls or gender-based violence is covered by media makers by uncovering hidden narratives, challenging assumptions and myths, and promoting public education to ultimately prevent violence.
Members: Assaulted Women’s Helpline, Barbra Schlifer Clinic, Elizabeth Fry Toronto, Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, METRAC, Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Springtide Resources, White Ribbon Campaign, Women’s College Hospital Research Institute, Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, YWCA Canada
“At a time when campus rape culture is increasingly in the media spotlight, METRAC facilitated an insightful, accessible conversation among a diverse group of feminist thinkers about how journalists can ethically and responsibly tackle the issue. Perhaps most importantly, the discussion proved useful for the budding journalists in attendance, who asked thoughtful and compassionate questions to further their learning.” (Steph Guthrie, Feminist Advocate and Community Manager, Executive Director of Women in Toronto Politics)
“When journalists report responsibly on sexual violence, we’ll talk less about preventing rape, and more about stopping it.” (Emily Joveski of Ryerson Folio, on Media Education Project panel on campus sexual violence coverage at Ryerson University School of Journalism)
THRIVE: Our Voices Rising Forum
On November 29, 60 participants gathered at Metro Hall in Toronto to explore the various ways gendered violence impacts our lives and how we can resist. They learned about the work of various groups resisting oppression and violence; they engaged in discussion circles, tool-building and well-being activities; and they connected with other community members working towards positive change.
This forum on youth challenging sexual violence was held at North York Civic Centre in Toronto, Ontario on April 10, 2014. It was supported by Department of Justice Canada and many community partners.
Fabric of Violence: Fabricating Change Project
Fabricating Change is an initiative led between 2010 and 2011, funded by the Toronto Arts Council. Women and trans community members participated in fabric arts workshops to express impacts of violence and their ideas for a violence-free future. During the 2010 and 2011 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, gallery openings were held to display the art participants created.