Module 1: Overview of Mental Health, Substance Use, and Gender-Based Violence

Introduction

The purpose of this module to set the foundation of the entire training, including explaining the theoretical and philosophical perspectives that inform the overall training and the language/terminology that will be used. This module provides an overview of gender-based violence, including intimate partner violence (the focus of this training). We present on the types of intimate partner violence, the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Canada overall and Manitoba specifically, and the unique and complex needs of intimate partner violence survivors who access shelters. We provide an overview of the potential impact of their partners’ violence on women’s mental health (including substance use). We conclude the module lecture by discussing the importance of cultural safety when working with intimate partner violence survivors.

Learning Objectives (i.e., after this module, you should be able to:)

  • Articulate what is gender-based violence and intimate partner violence
  • Describe the various types of intimate partner violence
  • Articulate the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Canada and Manitoba
  • Explain how intimate partner violence can impact a survivor’s mental health (including substance use)
  • Discuss the importance of cultural safety when working with intimate partner violence survivors

Guide to the Readings

The readings for this module help to set the foundation for this course, including an overview of intimate partner violence in Canada and the prevalence of mental health concerns (including substance use) among survivors of intimate partner violence. That research brief on intimate partner violence in Canada (Statistics Canada, 2018) provides an overview of the prevalence of intimate partner violence in Canada, the gendered-context of intimate partner violence, and how particular populations experience higher rates of violence. If you would like more detailed information, the full Statistics Canada report is available in the Supplementary Resources folder for this module. The last two readings provide a brief discussion of populations that shelters serve, including survivors with complex needs (i.e., those with mental health and substance use concerns). The larger documents are available in the Supplementary Resources folder.

How to Proceed

Once you complete all of the six steps, proceed to Module 2.