Projects funded by the Department of Justice Canada under the Family Violence Initiative (April 2001 - March 2002)

Title: Eastern Ontario School-Based Anti-Violence Program

Applicant/Beneficiary

The Kingston Learning Centre

Description

The project aimed at enhancing awareness of family violence issues and their consequences in the public school system and to implement an effective early intervention tool to be used with school aged children. As part of this project a series of workshops were developed and held to train Education Assistants to become certified family violence facilitators within the school system.

Title: Fighting the Demons: sexually exploited youth - A Theme Paper

Applicant/Beneficiary

Save the Children Canada

Description

The project produced a thematic paper for presentation at the Second World Congress on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in December 2001, in Yokohama, Japan. The paper aimed at presenting a successful framework for helping youth to exit the sex trade and prevent others from entering it. This project promoted an approach to effective prevention and intervention strategies in dealing with child sexual exploitation.

Title: Stuart Lake Community Safety Strategy - Phase I

Applicant/Beneficiary

Stuart Lake Community Services Society

Description

The project supported the development of a community protocol for dealing with women and children in domestic crisis situations that require removal from the home to safety in a local safe haven facility for short term stays. The protocol will provide for improved referral services and assistance to victims of domestic abuse in Fort St. James thereby increasing the ability of service providers to support victims of domestic violence.

The project assisted in increasing awareness about family violence issues in the community and enhancing community coordinated approach to domestic violence prevention/intervention.

Title: PEI Victims of Family Violence Act, 3 Year Evaluation

Applicant/Beneficiary

Victim Services, Office of the Attorney General of the Government of Prince Edward Island

Description

The project aimed at determining the effectiveness of the PEI Victims of Family Violence Act in meeting the needs of victims and to promote knowledge of the effectiveness of the legislation in PEI. The evaluation looked at issues such as experience with Emergency Protection Orders (EPO), reaction to PEO and impact of EPO and concerns about the Act aimed at providing suggestions for improvement of the Act. The results of the Evaluation will be shared with stakeholders and other provinces. The study will help to improve the criminal justice system response to family violence. It also helps to enhance knowledge about the effectiveness of the Act among general public and other provinces where similar legislation is being considered.

Title: Healthy Relationships Website Phase III - YouCan!

Applicant/Beneficiary

YouCan!

Description

This Website aims to increase awareness among youth of the quality of their relationships and to provide them with tools to make informed decisions regarding these relationships. This phase of the project supported the development, testing and launching of this interactive website. The project assists in promoting knowledge about violence in intimate relationships and helps enhancing prevention of this problem among youths.

http://www.youcan.ca

Title: Educating on Family Violence - A WebSite

Applicant/Beneficiary

Law Courts Education Society of British Columbia

Description

This project supported the development of an interactive website to teach users about family violence and dating violence, and to direct them as to where to get help and information. This website will provide users with an increased awareness of what constitutes family and dating violence. It will contain knowledge of resources and information about family and dating violence, and where to obtain them. This website will enhance the prevention of family and dating violence through education and knowledge sharing.

http://www.lawcourtsed.ca

Title: Métis Women - Breaking the Cycle Phase I - A Training Project

Applicant/Beneficiary

Métis National Council of Women

Description

This project supported holding "Train the Trainer" regional workshops for Métis women, to address violence against women and children in Métis communities. The Métis women who attended the workshops will be able to utilize the information and tools within the communities to educate others about the issue thereby encouraging community involvement in addressing family violence in Métis communities.

Education and awareness will promote the well-being of Métis women and their children, by providing improved responses to family violence within these communities.

Title: Information Awareness Campaign on Dating Violence

Applicant/Beneficiary

Le groupe jeunesse

Description

The project supported the production and mailing-out of educational materials on dating violence to Personal and Social Education teachers in secondary schools in the province of Quebec's major urban areas. The project has produced a teaching guide and classroom exercises through which, this difficult topic is explored within the schools in Quebec. As well, a promotional poster is produced for use in schools that offers a further support and reinforcement of the issues. This teaching resource tool will enhance awareness on prevention and early detection methods of dating violence and provide improved responses to family violence within the secondary school population in Quebec.

Title: Senior's Resource Guide

Applicant/Beneficiary

The People's Law School

Description

The project supported the production of an issue of the People's Law School newsletter for raising awareness on a number of important issues for seniors, including elder abuse, and relevant resources available for this group in British Columbia. This newsletter will raise awareness of the public legal education and information services provided for seniors in the province of British Columbia. The publication includes an entire section on elder abuse, which provides both information and service resources available to seniors and their caregivers.

Title: PLENA Reprint Project

Applicant/Beneficiary

Public Legal Education Network of Alberta (PLENA)

Description

The project supported the reprinting of a number of family violence booklets in order to ensure a wide distribution of family violence information to those in need in the province of Alberta. Reprinting of these informational brochures will promote access to family violence information and will ensure continued information sharing to both the general public and service providers within the province of Alberta.

Title: Reprint of Family Violence Information

Applicant/Beneficiary

Public Legal Education Association (PLEA) of Saskatchewan

Description

This project provided financial support for reprinting of four family violence brochures as there was a high demand for these brochures in the province. The brochures will provide the necessary information to individuals in need within the province of Saskatchewan. The project helps in promoting family violence information and thus, reducing the risk of victimization.

Title: The Family Violence Information Brochure

Applicant/Beneficiary

PLEA Saskatchewan

Description

The purpose of this project was to provide female victims of spousal abuse with relevant legal information, in a safe, inconspicuous manner, enabling women to keep the resource tool/information with them without alerting the abuser. By distributing relevant information through lipstick tubes, the project provided safe access to relevant legal information to these women on how to safely get our of a violent relationship. The tube delivers accurate information in a safe, inconspicuous manner, enabling women to keep the resource tool/information with them without alerting the abuser. The project promotes awareness of the issues and safety and prevention measures for victims of spousal assault.

Title: Violence Against Women 20th Anniversary Symposium - BC

Applicant/Beneficiary

Justice Institute of British Columbia

Description

This project supported a forum (conference) for practitioners, policy makers, criminal justice personnel and survivors of violence to examine the benefit and value of government and community based initiatives that have been undertaken in the past thirty years to respond to violence against women and children.

The Symposium provided an opportunity for exchange of information and networking among those involved in relevant works. It offered new approaches and ways to address the problem of violence against women in order to reduce the risk of further victimization.

Title: Creating a National Link between Front-line Legal Educators/Researchers on Anti-Violence Centres

Applicant/Beneficiary

Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres (CASAC)

Description

This project aims at improving the treatment of women and their children who are victims of family violence through several measures: the development of a communication/ computer linkage between anti-violence centers across Canada to facilitate information sharing about research, legislation and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and identification of effective interventions in legislative reforms in relation to violence against women; and a pilot project aimed at addressing systemic issues of inequality in cases of violence against women and ways in which the justice system can better protect and serve victims of violence against women.

This project will assist in improving capacities of Anti-violence centres across Canada to address family violence issues and enhance improved response to the needs of women and children victims of family violence. The project will be completed in 2002-2003.

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