Where can women’s advocates get support during the pandemic? The Pandemic Community of Practice

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Virtual meetings for support, training and information sharing and an online resource hub to get VAW advocates through the pandemic

Peer support and resources

The past year has presented those of us providing frontline services to women fleeing abuse with unprecedented challenges. Meeting the needs of women and their children remotely, managing pandemic protocols at work and in our personal lives, dealing with the impact of abusers’ manipulations of the pandemic to try to maintain power and control, supporting women and children to be as safe as possible during stay-at-home orders: all of this has made our jobs more difficult than ever before. 

And, as is common for those on the frontlines, we have tended to put our needs at the bottom of the list.  

With the financial support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Safer and Stronger Grant, funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE), Government of Canada. Luke’s Place is excited to announce the launch of a Pandemic Community of Practice (P-CoP) for VAW frontline workers supporting women with family law issues. 

There will be two components to P-CoP, with no fee for either.

Twice monthly virtual drop ins

We facilitate these sessions that workers join to share stories, resources, challenges, etc. One session each month will focus on supporting workers and the other on service delivery topics. Participants have the opportunity to identify topics they would like us to cover as well as resources that would be helpful to the work. We will bring in different co-facilitators to lead the sessions. 

These drop-ins will be supported by a private online discussion forum where you can chat with one another between the drop-ins. 


We will develop resources that address pandemic-specific issues for frontline service providers and their clients. We’ll cover such topics as managing remote court hearings, supporting clients when supervised access centres are closed, tech tips, tips for working from home and much more. 

Register now!

P-CoP is available only to those who register.  

Once registered, the registrant will: 

  • receive communication to verify their professional role and affiliation 
  • be required to agree to a disclaimer and guidelines before accessing either the drop in or the discussion area 

Upon verification and completion of the disclaimer, registrants will

  • receive an invitation to the next scheduled drop-in 
  • receive information regarding how to access resources 

The next session dates are April 8 and April 20 both at 12:30.

To join us, please register by emailing: DanielleDL@LukesPlace.ca