Newcomer Women

AMSSA Resources

Immigrant and Refugee Women Health, Cultures West
This edition of Cultures West shares stories and articles that focus on the topic of women’s health.

Domestic Violence against Immigrant and Refugee Women, Cultures West
This edition of Cultures West shares stories and articles that focus on the topic of domestic violence.

Language Instructional Resources

Instructional Resource: Sara Learns and Works in Calgary: A Visual Guide to Employment for Low Literacy Women, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
This publication was designed for low literacy immigrant women who want to find employment in Canada. It provides a visual story of the learning and training process low literacy immigrant women go through to improve their English language skills, gain the necessary workplace knowledge and skills, and integrate into the workplace.

Curriculum Manual: Employment Training for Low Literacy Immigrant Women, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
This manual contains lesson plans and resources that enable the practical learning required for workplace success of immigrant women with limited education and language skills.

Instructional Resource: People and Jobs, Best of the Reader
This collection of reading activities is appropriate for CLB Stage I learners and contains stories depicting women in a variety of different occupational fields.

Instructional Resource: Proud Women, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
This is a collection of biographies of senior immigrant women are appropriate for CLB Stage II learners.

Instructional Resource: Families, Best of the Reader
This collection of reading activities is appropriate for CLB Stage I learners and contains stories on families, raising children, and grandparents.

Instructional Resource: 60 Free Watercolors of Diverse Families, FRP Canada
This series of 60 watercolour pictures are free for non-commercial use to create lessons and inspire dialogue about parenting and family activities.

Instructional Resource: Questions to ask a Child Care Provider, Settlement.org
This instructional resource can be used to help students practice asking questions to potential child care providers for their children.

Instructional Resource: International Women’s Day, ESL Holiday Lessons
This lesson plan on International Women’s day is appropriate for LINC 6 classes and up and contains practice in all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Instructional Resource: Women’s Day, ESL Library
This lesson plan on International Women’s day is appropriate for LINC 6 classes and up and contains a reading text, vocabulary practice, and communicative pair work activities.

Resources regarding Violence against Women

VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808.

The Violence Stops Here, Battered Women’s Support Services
Multilingual information sheets on topics of violence against women, safety and empowerment are available in several languages.

Mothers Without Legal Status, YWCA Metro Vancouver
This website provides information and a downloadable booklet that explains the experiences of mothers without legal status and how service providers can assist them.

British Columbia’s Provincial Domestic Violence PlanGovernment of BC
BC governement’s three year plan for addressing domestic violence in British Columbia.

Directory of Victim Service and Violence Against Women Programs, Ministry of Justice
This website offers resources for individuals experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Helpline
This 24/7 accessible helpline offers support and information for individuals experiencing domestic violence.

Knowledge Exchange Toolkit for Service Providers, Provincial Office for Domestic Violence
This toolkit is a combination of web-based informative tools and training resources for use by the settlement and anti-violence service sectors working with immigrant and refugee families who are impacted by domestic violence.

Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices, and Recommendations, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This report provides background information, an overview of the needs and challenges of immigrant and refugee victims of intimate partner violence and how provides service providers with recommendations regarding creating appropriate services.

Breaking the Silence: A Training Manual for Activists, Advocates and Latina Organizers, Futures without Violence
This manual is for domestic violence service providers, activists, counselors and others focused on advancing the rights of battered immigrant women.

Preventing Family Violence: Lessons from the Community Engagement Initiative, Annie E. Casey Foundation
This handbook summarizes the learning of community organizers have learnt in regards of family violence prevention work and is intended as a learning tool for organizations and individuals looking to incorporate this lens into their work.

Preventing Family Violence: Community Engagement Makes the Difference, Family Violence Prevention Fund
This report looks at some of the lessons learned from community-based efforts to counter family violence.

Building the Rhythm of Change: Developing Leadership and Improving Services Within the Battered Rural Immigrant Women’s Community, Family Violence Prevention Fund
This manual is geared primarily toward domestic violence service providers focused on advancing the rights of battered immigrant women and improving their access to services.

Raising Our Voices: Queer Asian Women’s Response to Relationship Violence, Family Violence Prevention Fund
This report is based on the results of a focus group with Asian immigrant women and Asian American women from different backgrounds and includes major recommendations to service providers for providing services to this population.

Working with Battered Immigrant Women: A Handbook to make services accessible, Family Violence Prevention Fund
This handbook is an essential resource for advocates and volunteers at seeking to improve services for battered immigrant women.

Healthcare Resources

Getting Started: An Introduction to Health Care in BC for Newcomer Women, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
Factsheets tailored towards immigrant women in B.C. can be found on this site.

Newcomer Women’s Health Project, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
This initiative from BC Women’s Hospital aims to meet the health needs of newcomer immigrant women in BC.

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