Exploration of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence in the Refugee Population

Presenter: Vanessa Wright, NP-PHC, MScN
Date: December 18, 2013

Learning objectives 
At the end of the this webinar presentation, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the demographics of refugee migration to Canada, highlighting specifics such as: age, gender, and country of origin
  • Review pre migratory and post migratory influences on mental health in newly arrived refugees
  • Define intimate partner violence, prevalence within Canadian refugee claims and current Canadian policy that is detrimental to disclosure of intimate partner violence
  • Review support services and counselling models available for refugee women who disclose an experience of intimate partner violence.
Presenter Biography
Vanessa Wright is a nurse practitioner at the Women's College Hospital's Crossroads Refugee Health Clinic. She and her team provide comprehensive medical services to newly arrived refugee clients for their first two years in Toronto. She has also worked across a variety of community health centres in Toronto and provided primary health care and emergency nursing care in medically under-serviced First Nation communities in Northern Ontario. Vanessa worked as an Emergency Nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital from 2007-2012, and as a result became the  nursing lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration Emergency Medicine Team, where she supports the educational partnership between Addis Ababa University and the University of Toronto, as well as emergency medicine development in Ethiopia and the concept of emergency nursing.Her other professional experiences include working as a Field Nurse for Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan, Zambia, and India.  She also volunteers for the Health Bus at Sherbourne Health Centre, and serves as a public speaker for OXFAM and an association member for Doctors Without Borders.

Vanessa Wright