Violence Prevention Grey Bruce

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Into the Open: Sexual Violence Prevention

project start date: June 2014

In June of 2014 Violence Prevention Grey Bruce struck a sub committee to work with the community on sexual violence prevention in Grey Bruce. The committee has organized two Community Round Tables to bring people together to talk about sexual violence and to build strategies together to prevent sexual violence.

The ‘Into the Open’ Round Table in November 2014 was a rich discussion that brought together survivors, professionals, family and community members.  We held a second round table on March 4th 2015 to continue the dialogue and to explore: What does sexual violence prevention look like in Grey Bruce?
We  spent time taking apart what is “normal‘ about sexuality and sexual violence in Grey Bruce in order to have a better understanding about:

John Swales, survivor and founder of Destination 4 Men, and Carrie Seward, survivor and founder of Butterfly Healing spoke about their experiences overcoming barriers and talk about how friends, family and the community can build a culture of prevention. We worked together in small groups to create a shared understanding and build collective sexual abuse prevention strategies for Grey Bruce.

In 2016, we continued the conversation through the arts, bringing artists from different mediums together with members of the community. The group created artistic pieces inspired by the conversation and the issues. Two months later they gathered for a public showcase of their work at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound.

Watch the videos that we created about the events below:

This project is currently on hiatus.
If you’re interested in hosting similar round tables or events, please contact Jon by email to coordinator(at)

Current Initiatives

Working Together Protocol

This Protocol outlines what happens when services and providers respond to sexual and domestic violence. It is designed to help service providers work together effectively and for the public to have a clearer understanding of how services and providers respond to sexual and domestic assault situations.

STOP Sexual Violence Survey

In 2017 and 2018, VPGB conducted research about sexual violence prevention in our communities. Read the findings here and join the conversation.

Anti-Human Trafficking Committee

The Human Trafficking committee formed in early 2018 to examine and respond to human trafficking in Grey and Bruce counties. Members represent…

Know Me(n) Better

In November 2017, the Men’s Program and its Advisory Committee offered a one-day forum called Know Me(n) Better at the Bayshore Community…

Senior Abuse Network

Grey Bruce Seniors Safety Network In 2015 concerned citizens and service providers came together looking for a way to address the abuse…

Workplace Violence

The Make It Our Business program provides multi-level training to prepare everyone in your workplace to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Community experts provide support to help you deal with the costs and challenges of domestic violence in the workplace.

No Wrong Door

Women and men who have concurrent mental health, substance abuse and trauma/abuse issues in their lives have complex needs that often make…

Building a Bigger Wave

Building a Bigger Wave is a provincial network of Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees. VPGB is a member and is working to…

Into the Open: Sexual Violence Prevention

In June of 2014 Violence Prevention Grey Bruce struck a sub committee to work with the community on sexual violence prevention in…

Research & Reports

Violence Prevention Grey Bruce has conducted many community based research projects over the years. View historic reports here.

We are leading the way to a safer community.

Our shared vision is an inclusive community where all people live their lives free from all forms of violence and oppression, and have equal access to the best of what the community has to offer.

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