Getting Started with Gender-Based Violence Prevention Resources

This resource includes:

  • Ready-to-use classroom activities that use scenarios from the Draw the Line campaign: These scenarios help students develop an understanding of gender-based violence, including the role of the bystander, as well as decision-making, problem-solving, communication, and conflict resolution skills to prevent or respond to situations of verbal, physical, and social bullying and abuse, sexual harassment, sexting, and coercive, inappropriate, and/or non-consensual sexual behaviours.
  • Expert videos to support educators in using the classroom activities with students: 

Introduction to Gender-Based Violence Prevention: This video provides an overview of rates of gender-based violence in Canada and the important role of bystanders in preventing gender-based violence. After watching this video, viewers should have an understanding of the scope of the problem in Canada and why it is important for them to take action as bystanders.

Introduction to Consent: We often ask “What is gender-based violence?” when we should ask “What is consent?” If we understand consent, and if as a society we prioritize and respect consent, we take a huge step towards ending gender-based violence. After watching this video, viewers should be able to communicate the definition of consent in Canada and understand why starting from a place of consent is important in preventing gender-based violence.

Creating Space for Constructive Classroom Conversations: Talking about gender-based violence prevention is hard and can stir up a lot of uncomfortable feelings for everyone involved. These tips, based on Julie Lalonde’s real-world experience facilitating such conversations across Canada and around the world, will help set the tone for constructive classroom conversations. After watching this video, viewers should understand best practices in facilitating conversations about gender-based violence prevention.

  • Considerations for educators before using the classroom activities with students, including making connections to topics and curriculum expectations that may be addressed using these activities; terms and definitions; strategies for creating a safe and inclusive environment; Don’ts and Do’s for educator and students while engaging in learning about gender-based violence; preparing for teaching and learning; and additional resources.
  • Links to additional resources to help educators increase their awareness of gender-based violence and harassment prevention and for educators to use with students to enhance their learning about gender-based violence, strategies for responding to situations involving gender-based violence, and resources and supports.