Taking An Intersectional Approach: How We Can Improve Services for Newcomers Experiencing Violence

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Link: http://www.springtideresources.org/sites/all/files/IRWP%20Needs%20Assessment%20Summary%20Report.pdf
Org: Springtide Resources
Date: 2013

The summary report highlights key findings and recommendations for the Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program at Springtide Resources, but it also contains relevant information for all organizations who work with people with precarious status, immigrant, refugee, and newcomer communities experiencing violence. At its core, the report is a call to action for all of us to take an intersectional approach and collaborate across sectors to address and prevent all forms of gender based violence.


In January 2012, Springtide Resources began a needs assessment to identify future directions for its Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program. This program enjoyed a vibrant history of engaging and training peer educators in various anti-violence education and training projects and fighting for the rights of non-status, immigrant, refugee, and newcomer communities.

In renewing the program, Springtide Resources wanted to hear what fresh perspectives and directions their past peer educators, workers and key informants in violence against women agencies, immigration and refugee organizations and others in the non-profit sector thought would be most useful for the program to develop in terms of future training and education to reduce and prevent gender based violence.

The assessment was conducted by an independent researcher and involved (1) semi-structured interviews, (2) a comprehensive public online survey, and (3) focus groups with peer educators of the program. Review of selected documents provided by Springtide regarding the history of the program and other agency projects supplemented the three areas of inquiry and the researcher also drew on her prior research of non-profit organizations, as well as her own professional and academic experience in the violence against women (VAW) sector.

What to Expect from this Report

This report will help you support newcomer women who have experienced violence. The summary report will cover:

  • What an Intersectional Approach looks like
  • Research Methods
  • Key Findings

    a. Gaps in Services a: Experiences of Violence
    b. Gaps in Services b: Identities and Communities

  • Recommendations

    a. Family and Community Focus
    b. Community Outreach and Peer Educators
    c. Inter-Agency Collaborations and Partnerships
    d. List of Trainings