Gender and Sexual Violence FAQs


Covid-19 has led to increased social isolation, which can be dangerous for those that live with an abuser. If you are in immediate danger or fear for your safety, please call 911.  

Our services are still open during isolation. You can make a disclosure online following the video above or by emailing .


Here are some online resources to check out:

  • Luke’s Place  has posted useful tips for people isolated with a domestic partner, such as   
    • Carry your cell phone with you at all times , but keep it tucked away.
    • Know where every exit in your home is.  
    • Develop a code word with trusted friend, family member or child to use when you need them to dial 911 for help.  
  • Steps to Justice Ontario  has compiled a list of tips and resource lists for people that are isolated with an abuser. This includes legal services, hotlines, shelters, and helplines in Ontario. If necessary, please use the HIDE SITE button, located at the top of the page.  
  •  In response to this alarming increase, the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) has launched the  Signal for Help  initiative – a one-handed sign anyone can use over video to indicate they require assistance.   The signal is the symbolic entrapment of the thumb in the palm. While some people are able to connect with others outside their home via text, email or video chat, those with abusive partners are often being monitored on their devices, making a vocal statement or text for help more dangerous than a silent signal.    

Because most of our interactions must be online rights now, please make sure to follow these next steps to take care of yourself while socially isolated. For more resources check out our self-care webpage  here !  

  • Minimize watching, reading or listening to news about COVID-19 that causes you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information only from trusted sources and mainly so that you can take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Examples may include COVID-19-related news, comment sections of online posts /articles, and online spaces where other users are unknown to you.  
  • Reducing internet time. Please consider taking regular breaks and setting up a routine/schedule, prioritizing assignments, identifying goals, and checking in with yourself regularly. For more information, please consider reading this article from CTV News.

We must acknowledge that during times of social isolation, people may turn to various forms of cybersex (video chats, chatrooms, sexting, etc.) to feel connected to others.  

Check out our online discuss about online safety and online sexual safety here. 

Here are some tips:  

  • Trust the person you are communicating with to ensure they are who they say they are to avoid catfishing.  
  • Ensure your videocalls, message applications, etc. are secure and protected if you want to maintain privacy .  
  • Know that cybersex is never 100% secure, the person/people on the other side could be recording you without your knowledge.   
  • The same rules that apply to consensual sex in-person also apply to consensual cybersex: Freely Given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, Specific.  For more information about consent, please check out this resource from  Planned Parenthood .
  • Check what your comfort zone levels are before engaging.

During these unprecedented times, it may be challenging to stay social.

Here are some tips to help:  

  • Netflix party is a fun way of being connected to friends and family through Netflix while isolated. Please check out  for more information on how to install Netflix Party.  
  • Keep a routine and make plans with friends and family to get social. This can include setting up regularly scheduled video or phone calls. For more tips, please check out this article from  Wired .
  • YouTube tutorials are a great way to learn something new and join online communities. Examples include exercise, yoga, crafts, cooking and baking. Consider watching an information video about any skill or area of interest that intrigues you!  

Yes, our office is still open! We have now changed into an online only system. To get support please visit here or email us at


Our main office  is located in  Mackenzie  Chown  Block E room 215 (MC E 215)  


We handle  all gender and sexual violence matters  for  Students , Staff and Faculty . Providing you are connected to  the  Brock  University community  we would be happy to assist. Remember our services are not limited to  on  –  c ampus  incidents  

O ur  services   includ ed  but not limited to:   

  • Disclosure/Reporting  of sexual violence
    • Anonymous Disclosure
    • Third Party Disclosure
    • Informal Disclosure
    • Formal Report  
  • Counselling supports  
  • Arranging accommodations for survivors of sexual violence  
  • Support  Groups- survivor group
  • Peer to Peer  Supports  
  • Gender and sexual violence education  
  • En acting the  Brock Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy  


You are   welcome to  visit our offices,  e mail us at .   Alternatively, you can c omplete  our  online  disclosure  form   here .

Due to Covid-19, our Sexual Violence Support and Education Advisor , is available  via:   e mail  at  

Please note that during this time of  Covid  –19 restrictions, all appointments are being hel d  online through voice or video conferencing.  

You can also check out our website for further  resources .  

If you’re unsure, feel free to contact  us via email .   W e  are happy to  discuss the issue with you to see where we can help. If we can not  help you  directly,  we have a range of resources and connections to ensure you get to the best  help  suited  to  your situation.   

No, there are a variety of options available to  help you  address instances of gender and sexual violence. We use a trauma and violence informed approach which  prioritize the wants and needs of sexual violence survivors ,  allow ing  them to determine how  to  proceed with their case.   

  • The only time  we share you r  information i s if you  ask  us to share  your  information  with  a   support s e r v ice   ( police , counsellor , family,  etc. ) , or if we feel  there is  a n  imminent danger  to yourself or others.  Either way this  would be a n  open  conversation that starts with you.   


No, Gender and Sexual Violence Support and Education handles incidents involving anyone i n the Brock  U niversity  community. I ncluding but not limited  to  professors, teaching assistants, admin istration  assistants, campus security, on campus workers of any kind,  contract workers,  graduate students, undergraduate students ,  international students  and visitors.  

No , y ou can choose whichever disclosure  or reporting  option best suits you.  The process is driven by the outcome you desire. You can also withdraw from the various reporting processes at any time.  To talk this out, or ask questions  on   this  process we encourage you to connect with  our Gender & Sexual Violence Intake Support Coordinator  via  email ( ) , or in person  visit s (MC E 215).

For details, please visit our Gender and Sexual Violence Disclosing and Reporting Options Page for more information.

A ny form of  non-consensual  sexual contact and behaviour which is includes  but is not limited to  sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual exploitation, indecent exposure, and voyeurism.  

Our peer to peer team is a group of highly trained student sexual violence  education and prevention  workers,  who are  available to provide support to  any member in the 全球电竞直播 community.

They can provide supports  including:   

  • Connecting individuals with sexual violence support s and resources  
  • Providing informal and formal opportunities to report or talk about sexual violence   
  • Leading educational workshops on sexual violence   
  • Facilitating sexual violence training   

To find out more about P2P click here.

The sexual violence unit is always looking for  eager   volunteers, in order to work with us,  please visit our volunteer webpage !  

Th e Sexual Violence Support   C ertification  is  available for those who complete at least five of the seven Sexual Violence Education Workshops  during a single academic year.  It serves to identify th e   certificate holder as someone with foundational knowledge about sexual violence and a desire to combat sexual violence

To learn more about the certificate check out our Events and Actions page!