Overcoming Barriers: A Coordinated Response to Violence against Immigrant Women in New Brunswick

Project Summary

This three-year project is contributing to improving the service response for immigrant women who are victims of domestic and intimate partner violence (D/IPV) in New Brunswick. Through partnerships, community coordination and resources are fostered between provincial government departments, D/IPV support service providers, immigrant serving organizations and community partners, all while incorporating the lens of immigrant and newcomer women’s experiences throughout the project. Together, project partners are ensuring that “every door is the right door”, and that immigrant women have access to the information and services they deserve in times of need. The learnings from this project are being integrated into our future provincial strategies and trainings to address D/IPV experienced by immigrant and newcomer women and will inform best practices in integrating and supporting immigrant women in New Brunswick.

*This project is possible due to funding by Status of Women Canada.

PrCapture1oject Objectives

    1. Assess and understand the current systemic and structural barriers as well as the state of public services relating to immigrant women experiencing D/IPV in NB.
    2. Work with key stakeholders across the province to develop and implement a coordinated response to D/IPV experienced by immigrants. This includes, educating public service providers about the complexities, increased risk, and barriers to safety faced by immigrant women in violent relationships, as well as building the capacity of NB immigrant women to share their experiences and assist in the development of culturally sensitive D/IPV interventions.


Project Location

The project is provincial in scope, with focus in three communities:

  • Greater Moncton and southeastern NB
  • Bathurst and Chaleur Region
  • Saint John and the Fundy region

Lessons learned and best practices identified in the project’s implementation will be shared with relevant service providers and stakeholders around the province in the final stages of the project timeline.

Intended Outcomes

The overall expected results of the project are to:

  • Enhance the capacity of immigrant and newcomer women to share their stories about D/IPV and to connect with each other;
  • Build bridges in terms of understanding and information sharing between D/IPV and immigrant service providers, and immigrant and newcomer women;
  • Increase understanding about issues surrounding D/IPV among immigrants and newcomers;
  • Produce coordinated community response tools and resources to continue the collaborative work between all stakeholders to ensure continuity after the project’s completion.

Project Phases and Timeline

The project is being carried out over a 36 month period, engaging stakeholders at various stages. The following timeline will guide the project’s activities and roll-out plan:

  1. Partnership and Collaboration (November 2015 – March 2016)
  2. Needs Assessment (March 2016 – November 2016) – Read our Needs Assessment Report here
  3. Choosing an Option (November 2016 – December 2016)
  4. Strategy and Implementation (January 2017 – June 2018)
  5. Knowledge Sharing (June 2018 – September 2018)
  6. Project Evaluation (September 2018 – November 2018

See what we have accomplished so far! Check out our Project Progress Infographic here.


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For more information, please email Ginette Gautreau, Project Manager at ginette.gautreau@nb-mc.ca 

To download our project summary infographic, click here.