Gender-Based Violence Program (GBV) is culturally relevant prevention / intervention programming to justice-involved male youth (12-20 years) in the Northwest Toronto who:

  • have committed or are alleged to have committed GBV-related offences or are identified as at-risk of offending; and
  • self-identify as Black or African-Canadian

The Gender-Based Violence program will provide community-based prevention and intervention programming to mitigate risk factors that contribute to male youth committing gender-based violence (GBV) related offences with a culturally-relevant framework to promote confidence, resilience and positive identity development and paths into adulthood among youth.
The delivery of the GBV program will consist of 16-week group mentorship that runs monthly for 3 hours addressing but not limited to:

  • Increasing youth awareness about Gender-Based Violence associated risks
  • Supporting young people in creating a personalized plan for professional and educational goals
  • Anger management
  • Stress Management
  • Case management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Employment and job skills training
  • Internship opportunities
  • Parenting skills
  • Cultural and community education
  • Drugs and alcohol addictions education

The Gender-Based Violence program is designed to:

  • reduce Gender-Based Violence related offences among Black male youth;
  • increase recognition of the impact of harmful behaviours and attitudes associated with GBV;
  • obtain greater understanding of the underlying factors of GBV, such as gender inequality, sexism, harmful concepts of masculinity, as well as the impacts of intergenerational trauma, violence, colonialism and racism.

Our team would like to support the community and we believe that everyone has a role to keep our community safe and promising to the next generations to come. Check our referral information below and share with youth and families who would benefit from our program. Attached is the referral document which we accept by email or by fax 416-440-3379.If you have any further questions about this program, please feel free to contact our Gender-Based Violence program case worker.