Originally a women-serving agency, we now understand that gender-based violence exists, and is more prevalent, beyond the gender binary of male and female. We have made the commitment to become a women and trans*-inclusive agency after a series of events over the past 2 years including:
- feedback from board, staff and clients that current practices were exclusionary for trans* survivors;
- training for staff and board to increase awareness about specific challenges trans* survivors can face;
- a full day staff/board retreat to discuss commitment in making this change;
- a community consultation with trans* people and their allies on what makes service provision feel safe and welcoming for gender variant people.
Through our proposed project, we will: 1) engage the community through consultations and the formation of an advisory board; 2) makes changes to policies, procedures, services, signage, staff and volunteer training; 3) document and share learning with others and offer training to our community partners (police, crown, hospitals, other social service agencies)