STRATEGIES FOR REMOTE WORK TO ADDRESS GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Slow down and breathe.
Covid-19 has shifted work for so many of us and our team at Possibility Seeds wants to be of support. We are currently leading Courage to Act, a national two-year project to address and prevent gender-based violence on post-secondary institutions built and led by our communities. In this spirit of collaboration, we have created the following resource for people working in post-secondary institutions about meeting the emerging needs of campus community members affected by gender-based violence. It is not an exhaustive list but a start of ideas, hopes and questions, not definitive answers. The was created with the support of the 100 members of the Courage to Act: Communities of Practice.
As things progress it is important to remember that we have a network of staff, students and professors from across the country working to address and prevent gender-based violence on post-secondary institutions and beyond. Let’s keep reaching out to support one another as we continue to learn and grow at this time.
Key Actions to Take
Conduct a Needs Assessment: Create a survey for service users to explore what support and safety parameters are needed to be develop/consider.
Communicate: Update website and all social media sharing with clients any changes to service delivery. Ensure that you have updated info publicly available (FAQs) online. Transparency is key.
Collaborate: Make collaborative decisions across the institution and keep communications clear. Ensure folks (your manager/team) are on the same page.
Check in with all Service Users: if possible, send emails to all current service users to check in regarding needs at this time.
Ideas for Remote Working
Care Approaches to Remote Working by Una Lee, Creative Director, And Also Too: https://www.andalsotoo.net/2020/03/17/care-based-approaches-to-remote-work/
Remote Working – best practice for working from home, part of the COVIDTECH handbook: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yg7dqAsfW-AURUhBFKN_KkLaYlB-NJLrA8t1RV5zrGs/edit#heading=h.araz7lmxutjm
Strategies for Remote Programming and Education
Create a newsletter: https://tinyletter.com i.e. We Believe You, a free self-care newsletter for survivors from Consent Comes First, Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education https://tinyletter.com/webelieveyou
Collaboratively Share information: Google docs i.e. List of AA meetings online https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a71ccw7ihaWelksKwOp4AzAkYlVqSoKiN6Gsm38bKMU/mobilebasic
Host a watch party on Facebook Group: either a movie, dance party or whatever you want to connect with folks https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/201462910755680
Host talks, workshops or gatherings on Instagram Live: https://skedsocial.com/blog/guide-to-instagram-live/
Host talks or groups on Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/facebookmedia/blog/tips-for-using-live i.e. Facebook live breathing exercises by the Kingston rape crisis centre https://www.facebook.com/100698016685171/posts/2786741321414147/?d=null&vh=e
Host a Netflix viewing party: as a community gathering or workshop i.e. https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/03/17/coronavirus-netflix-party-lets-friends-do-movie-nights-quarantine/5072347002/
Cloud-based Tools Communication Tools
FaceTime: can be used to support staff in providing client care and educational activities. If using FaceTime with a client, ensure that the client is comfortable with the use of this technology and has consented to use FaceTime before using this mode of communication. Ensure that your IOS software is updated and your iCloud is turned off. Apple does not store FaceTime on its servers and the session is encrypted during transmission. Since iCloud won’t be backing up the conversation no record will be kept of the exchange. This will allow for privacy legislation to be followed (i.e. in BC). Information on how to turn your iCloud off visit https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/icloud/mmb1de40d9/icloud.
BlueJeans: is a cloud based videoconferencing service used by many PSIs and the system is PIPEDA compliant with information stored in Canada. Allows support providers to send links to access. Access BlueJeans from phone, laptop with WIFI or without.
Zoom: can work for support groups and peer programming. A couple of key details that are helpful including ability to change background settings to provide more privacy, ability to create a break out room where 1 on 1 support can be provided while another group conversation is going on.
Google Hangouts Meet: can change background to create more privacy and confidentiality.
Doxy.me is another 1 on 1 online tool that meets PHIPA requirements.
iCarrol: allow for online web chatting online. Can be configured to be anonymous as well. Can be web based via a computer and texting.
Line2: is an app that can redirect a phone line. Text message support has been useful in our immediate setting.
Surveillance Self-Defence: guide on tools and how-to’s on safer online communication https://ssd.eff.org/en
Technology Safety: has developed some resources for agencies supporting survivors including tips on using technology to connect with Survivors and working remotely. https://www.techsafety.org/resources-agencyuse
Social Isolation with Homophobic or Transphobic Family by EAGLE: https://egale.ca/awareness/stuck-in-quarantine-with-your-homophobic-or-transphobic-family/
Social Distancing tips for women still living with an abusive partner by Luke’s Place: https://lukesplace.ca/social-distancing-safety-tips-for-women-still-living-with-an-abusive-partner/
Living in an Abusive Relationship Safety Planning Guide: http://www.legal-info-legale.nb.ca/en/uploads/file/pdfs/safety-planning/strategies/Safety%20Plan-Eng-Web.pdf
Resources from Futures Without Violence and National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (US-based resource): https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/get-updates-information-covid-19/
Staying Safe during Covid-19 for Abuse Survivors (US-based resource): https://www.thehotline.org/2020/03/13/staying-safe-during-covid-19/
Do It Yourself Online Safety: https://chayn.gitbook.io/diy-online-safety/
Free Online Training for Staff
Courage to Act’s monthly free webinars on Addressing and Preventing Gender-Based Violence in Post-Secondary Institutions are posted on the site and can be viewed at any time: https://www.couragetoact.ca/education
Learning to End Abuse Online Training through Western University has many free trainings to take at any time.
End Violence Against Women International Online Training Institute: (US-based resource) lots of training and resources available for free.
Mental, Physical, Sexual, Workplace Health Resources
Mental health and Covid-19: https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19
Safer sex and Covid-19: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/covid-sex-guidance.pdf
Mind Your Mind: www.mindyourmind.ca
Sex Work and COVID 19, Guide for Sex Workers, Third Parities and Allies: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ymJ5motdh0zh453-wFs1p4syL3koC2dD/view
Maple Online: medical advice, virtual health and prescription in Canada Available 24/7 https://www.getmaple.ca
Meditation Apps and Resources
Calm App: https://www.calm.com
Black Feminist Breathing Chorus: https://blackfeministbreathing.tumblr.com/
Insight Timer: (20,000+ free meditations and meditation timer) https://insighttimer.com/
Self Care Resources
Emotional Self Care and Covid-19: https://www.the519.org/covid19-emotional-selfcare
Soul Medicine: comprehensive self-care site for survivors: https://soulmedicine.io/
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Pack: https://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/care-programs/sexual-assault-domestic-violence-care-centre/care-package
Trauma Stewardship: Self-Care for Frontline Workers https://youtu.be/uOzDGrcvmus
Community Care Resources
Pod Mapping by Mia Mingus: https://batjc.wordpress.com/pods-and-pod-mapping-worksheet/
Half-Assed Disabled Prepper Tips for Preparing for a Coronavirus Quarantine by Leah Piepzna-Samarasinha: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rIdpKgXeBHbmM3KpB5NfjEBue8YN1MbXhQ7zTOLmSyo/preview?fbclid=IwAR02mbL4q7_wwUJAX39su-Y-1vE2kJOCi1fAaQimo_7As-fve6Jt8Xg_ksA
Suggested Citation: Courage to Act. (2020, March). Strategies for Remote Work to Address Gender-Based Violence. Courage to Act. www.couragetoact.ca/blog/covid19