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The Cross-Sectoral Solutions: Strengthening Community Capacity to Address the ‘Parallel Pandemic’ of Gender-Based Violence-Related Brain Injury Through a Survivor-Led Support Intervention initiative was developed because the intersection of gender-based violence and traumatic brain injury has been almost entirely overlooked in research, practice, and policy.

This has led to a serious gap in healthcare and other needed support services, with far reaching long-term social, economic, and individual implications for survivors, communities and systems.

We hope to address this evident gap through a survivor led program intervention to address the needs of survivors now as it fills policy, research and practice gaps for future.

Portfolio: Health & Wellness

Exploring how both health & wellness are impacted by gendered violence, and how they can be improved.


WomenatthecentrE Team

Kelsy Dundas (She/Her), Program Manager

Mandira Arnab Aich (She/Her), Program Manager

Nneka MacGregor (She/Her), Executive Director

Gifty Asare (She/Her), Director of Research & Community Engagement

Nikki Plant (She/Her), Project Coordinator

Natalie Rzeszutek (She/Her), Research Associate

Tony Todorova (She/Her), Research Associate

Amy Kieftenburg, Research Associate

Émilie Lesage (She/Her), Bilingual Peer Support Navigator (FR/EN)

Somayya Moollabhai (She/Her), C6 Peer Counsellor/Peer Navigator

Rifaa Carter (She/Her), C6 Peer Counsellor/Peer Navigator

Deirdre Reddick (She/Her), C6 Peer Counsellor/Peer Navigator

Chinenye Chikelu, C6 Peer Counsellor/Peer Navigator

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

We offer our gratitude to our interdisciplinary stakeholder advisory board, for sharing their varied and needed areas of expertise in relation to BI and GBV. Their support ensures the continued identification of service gaps, the development of promising practices and the development of a robust program.

WomenatthecentrE's Survivor Expert Collective (WE SEC)

WomenatthecentrE’s Survivor Expert Collective (WE SEC) is a survivor advisory collective that provides strategic direction for the project key activities and deliverables. WE SEC holds the organization and key stakeholders accountable to survivors as the main priority of this work, ensuring that lived experience is guiding this project. Their leadership ensures survivors do not fall through the cracks.

Our project aim is to adapt, pilot and evaluate an evidence-based, trauma-informed, multi-sectoral intervention for survivors of GBV with resultant brain injury (GBV-TBI).

  • Objective 1: Co-adapt and deploy a community-based health promotion intervention in GBV and TBI support sectors to address unmet health needs of women survivors of GBV-TBI.
  • Objective 2: Tailor the intervention to those with lived experience through Peer Support and Navigation, a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and Survivor Expert Collective.
  • Objective 3: Use Intervention Research methods to frame and guide all phases of the project and determine if the adapted intervention is effective, in which settings, and for which populations.
  • Objective 4: Develop and share resources and knowledge products to address GBV-TBI via an evidence-based blueprint of ‘what works’ for national scale-up and distribution.
  • Objective 5: Leverage lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to create responsive and flexible approaches.

The Cridge Centre for The Family: one of four host sites providing critical support and feedback for this initiative, The Cridge Centre is a charity offering numerous supports to adults, children and families, to restore hope and provide a better future. We want to thank The Cridge Centre for their long standing partnership, support for WomenatthecentrE, and their passion for supporting survivors and their families.

Brain Injury Society Toronto (BIST): one of four host sites providing critical support and feedback for this initiative. BIST is a community driven non-profit providing support for those living with acquired brain injuries. We want to thank BIST for their continued and valued engagement, bringing this survivor led initiative to fruition.

L’Alliance MH2: one of four host sites providing critical support and feedback for this initiative. L’Alliance MH2 is a feminist and activist collection of second stage shelters for women and children survivors of domestic violence. We want to thank L’Alliance MH2 for sharing their passion, advocacy and expertise with this initiative and its collective community.

Ingamo Homes: one of four host sites providing critical support and feedback for this initiative. Ingamo Homes offers support, advocacy and avenues to empowerment for survivors of violence and their families. We want to thank Ingamo Homes for their critical perspective, valued engagement, and ongoing support for the success of this initiative.

Additional Partners

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Yukon Status of Women Council (YSWC)

Compassionate Justice Fund (CJF)

Dr. Catherine Wiseman-Hakes

McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science:

ABI Research Lab, University of Toronto:

The Barrow Institute:

L’Alliance MH2

Dr. Michael Ellis

Judy Gargaro

Dr. Carolina Bottari

Halina Haag

Danielle Toccalino

Disabled Women’s Network (DAWN) of Canada

Speech Language Pathology Program, McMaster University

Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC)

Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres

Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN)

Brain Injury Canada (BIC)

Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)

British Columbia Brain Injury Association (BCBIA)

Collaborative Community Solutions

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton

A unique Canadian project exploring the intersection of GBV and TBI.

Our goal is two-fold:

1) to co-develop a survivor-led program for survivors who have a suspected brain injury as a result of GBV that provides unique supports for those living at this intersection

2) to bring together interdisciplinary service providers, educators, and all persons who support these survivors, so they can share knowledge, expand their understanding, and find cross-sectoral solutions to provide nuanced support

Actions for the Community

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