Understanding The Impacts Of COVID-19 On Gender-Based Violence Intervention And Prevention At Post-Secondary Institutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted gender-based violence (GBV) intervention and prevention efforts at post-secondary institutions (PSIs) in Canada. It has exacerbated pre-existing challenges, while also inspiring adaptation to, and innovation in, service provision.

One year later, Courage to Act is curious to know more about this impact on your work and campus community. Your feedback is important because the PSI sector is often left out of the conversation on GBV, despite alarming statistics that 71% of students at Canadian post-secondary institutions in 2019 either witnessed or experienced unwanted sexualized behaviours in a post-secondary setting (Statistics Canada), and that 41% of all reported incidents of sexual assault in Canada were reported by students (Statistics Canada, 2017).

This survey will take less than five minutes to complete. We hope to incorporate your experience and expertise in a “lessons learned report” that will be published on the Courage to Act website in Spring 2021. It will help GBV and PSI communities better understand how to address GBV moving forward, particularly in the pandemic era.

We invite administrators, frontline workers, educators and student leaders at PSIs in Canada with interest in and knowledge of GBV intervention and prevention on campus to participate in this short survey. The survey is focused on the time period of March 2020 – present day. Your responses will be anonymous. Thank you for taking the time to complete it.

A note that the survey results will not be used to inform an academic paper; they are only being used to inform an educational purpose and therefore do not require institutional ethics approval. If you have any questions about this survey or the Courage to Act project, please contact Anoodth Naushan, Project Manager (

About Us: Courage to Act is a two-year national project to address and prevent gender-based violence on post-secondary campuses in Canada. It builds on Possibility Seeds’ landmark report, “Courage to Act: Developing a National Framework to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence at Post-Secondary Institutions.” You can read the report and learn more about the project at The Courage to Act project is made possible through funding from the Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), Government of Canada.

The survey is now closed.

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