Understanding & Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant & Refuge Communities

November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm
Online Event: 


The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants - OCASI is pleased to announce our e-learning course seris on: Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refuge Communities.

The purpose of this FREE two part course series is to help front-line workers better understand and respond to sexual violence in immigrant and refugee communities.

Course Overview:

In this course, you will learn about:

  • The unique experience and stories of immigrant and refugee survivors of sexual violence
  • Debunking harmful myths about sexual violence and how to recognize and victim-blaming
  • Anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches to understanding sexual violence
  • How to respond to disclosures of sexual violence and support survivors


  • You will receive a certificate of completion from OCASI for both Level 1 and Level 2 of this course series. By the end of this course series, you will have two certificates of completion.

Time Commitment:

  • Level 1 and Level 2 have 5 modules each, so there are 10 modules in total
  • Each module takes about an hour to complete
  • You will have one week to complete each module at your own pace, with the support of the facilitator
  • There is a two week break between Level 1 and Level 2

Course Facilitator:

  • Sidrah Ahmad-Chan, Senior Coordinator of OCASI’s Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence

Course Dates:

Level 1

  • Module 1 starts Friday, November 15, 2019
  • Module 2 starts Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Module 3 starts Friday, November 29, 2019 
  • Module 4 starts Friday, December 6, 2019
  • Module 5 starts Friday, December 13, 2019 

Level 2

  • Module 1 starts Monday, January 6, 2019
  • Module 2 starts Monday, January 13, 2019
  • Module 3 starts Monday, January 20, 2019 
  • Module 4 starts Monday, January 27, 2019
  • Module 5 starts Monday, February 3, 2019

To register for the course Series please click here

Please note: Course registration closes on November 14, 2019, and spaces are limited. 

For more information on the course, contact Sidrah Ahmad-Chan at email: smahmad@ocasi.org  phone: 416-322-4950 ext. 240.