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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), Project Manager

Mandira Arnab Aich (She/Her), Program Manager

Gifty Asare (She/Her), Research Co-Lead

Danielle Toccalino (She/Her), Research Co-Lead

Nikki Plant (She/Her), Project Coordinator

Shakila Joudaki (She/Her), Program Coordinator

Somayya Moollabhai (She/Her), Membership Coordinator

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

Monique Cunningham (She/Her), C6 Peer Counsellor/Peer Navigator

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

Cristina Weaver (She/Her), Project Associate

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.

Brain Injury Society Toronto

Ingamo Homes

Cridge Centre for the Family

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

This project is in the development phase.

It will be piloted across Canada, and is building bridges between traditional silos, increasing community capacity, and establishing pathways for ongoing multi-sectoral care referral thereby readying the intervention for sustainable scale up and distribution.

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