Projects funded by the Department of Justice Canada under the Family Violence Initiative (April 2005 - March 2006)

Title: French Language Professional Development Pilot Project

Applicant/Beneficiary

Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, Office of the Coordinator of French Language Services Justice Sector

Description

This project is co-funded under the Access to Justice in Both official Languages Fund and the Family Violence Initiative of the Department. The project consists of the preparation of course material and curricula and the delivery of advanced language training for justice professionals (police officers, lawyers, court personnel, prosecutors and judges) who already have a fluency in French but do not have experience using French in a court setting or are in need of improving their justice vocabulary. The project also aims at increasing awareness of minority language rights and issues such as family violence and developing strategies within the various operational divisions of the Ontario justice system to more effectively deal with requests for French services and developing partnerships. It is expected that the result of this project will be an increase in the capacity of the Ontario court system and the Ontario Provincial Police to deliver French language services. This project will conclude in March 2007.

Title: Family Law—Family violence—Train-the-Trainer Information Project

Applicant/Beneficiary

Public Legal Education and Information Services of New Brunswick

Description

The purpose of this project is to develop and pilot train-the-trainer information sessions for service providers in rural areas of New Brunswick. The information materials and pilot trainings are intended to provide extensive, easy to understand information on the legal issues, both family and criminal law, that confront many women leaving abusive relationships in rural areas. The training materials will be available in both English and French and workshops will be provided in both official languages in New Brunswick.

Public Legal Education and Information Services of New Brunswick - Family Violence and the Law: Train-the-Trainer

Title: Legal Information on Child Sexual Abuse and Youth Protection

Applicant/Beneficiary

Éducaloi — Le carrefour d'accès au droit

Description

This project aims at producing and disseminating legal information regarding children and youth protection in Quebec, particularly as it pertains to child sexual abuse. The information materials will be available online (in both official languages) through the www.educaloi.qc.ca Internet portal. As well, the materials will be transformed into audio format for distribution to people with limitations affecting their ability to read. This project will conclude in March 2007.

Title: Victim Focused Services for the Elderly: Access and Effectiveness

Applicant/Beneficiary

Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family (CRILF)

Description

The purpose of this project is to develop information that assists in improving legislation and reporting practices on elder abuse in Alberta; access to services for victims of elder abuse in the Province; the effectiveness of services to meet the needs of victims of elder abuse; and enhancing the knowledge of service providers on legislation, reporting practices, and access and effectiveness of services for victims of elder abuse.

Title: Yellowknife Family Violence Protocol

Applicant/Beneficiary

Northwest Territories Seniors' Society

Description

The purpose of this project is to develop an interagency protocol describing how individuals or organizations should work together when they look into a situation of family violence. Rather than continuing to work individually, the protocol allows agencies to communicate with each other to increase the safety of victims and to meet the victim's needs. This project contributes to the development of models and strategies to improve the criminal justice system response to family violence.

Title: Fair Justice for the Deaf

Applicant/Beneficiary

La maison des femmes sourdes de Montréal (MFSM)

Description

The purpose of this project is to develop resource materials for judges of the Cour du Quebec who participated in the training program on accessibility (financed by Status of Women Canada). This post-training material is complementary to a training project administered by judges of the Cour du Quebec. This project will assist judges in developing resource materials aimed at facilitating access to justice for deaf people victims of domestic violence in Quebec. This project will conclude in January 2007.

Title: Guide for Saskatchewan Women

Applicant/Beneficiary

Association des juristes d'expression française de la Saskatchewan

Description

The project consists of an awareness and information campaign in two parts: the school component that will address young Anglophone and Francophone women in grades 9 to 12, and the community component that has the challenge of reaching young women in urban and rural Francophone communities. The project will raise awareness in the targeted clientele on exercising their rights as minority Francophones. The project's documentation will also make reference to family violence issues in such a way as to raise awareness within the Francophone minority communities.

Title: Child Sexual Abuse: Protection, Intervention and Canada's Law - online training trainers pilot program

Applicant/Beneficiary

Canadian Red Cross

Description

The purpose of this project is to develop an online training-trainers pilot program on Child Sexual Abuse Protection, Intervention and Canada's Laws training material in both official languages. This would be built upon and strengthen the existing Canadian Red Cross's classroom delivery method on the issue. The online training will allow professionals and paraprofessionals across Canada, including those in rural and remote areas, access to the information in a time-flexible, facilitated, knowledgeable environment. They will also have the opportunity to learn from their peers across the country and thereby increase their network.

Title: What a Difference 30 Years of Interventions Makes!

Applicant/Beneficiary

Quebec Federation of Shelter Resources for Battered Women and Women in Difficulty

Description

The Federation wishes to organize a symposium and create educational tools on family violence, the problems of women in difficulty, and the services offered by Quebec's shelter resources. The project proposes analysis, consideration and exchange, as well as an activity and educational tools on the role of shelters in the community since their creation; on their work with women and as actors of social change; and to encourage the creation of collaborative ties between the shelters and their partners in Quebec and strengthen existing ones.

Title: Inter-personal Relationship Abuse and Violence Prevention Initiative for Aboriginal Communities

Applicant/Beneficiary

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick

Description

The Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick in partnership with Gignoo House is proposing to create a comprehensive package of tools and resources that would empower Aboriginal women, children and men in New Brunswick who are dealing with abuse and violence in their personal relationships and in their communities. The goal is to develop a variety of culturally appropriate abuse and violence prevention materials that can be promoted and made available in a variety of accessible formats. These resources would be designed to help people better recognize the signs of abuse and to take action to break the interconnected cycles of interpersonal violence. This project will conclude in March 2007.

Title: 3rd International Francophone Convention on Sexual Assault

Applicant/Beneficiary

Institut Philippe Pinel de Montréal

Description

The theme of the convention demonstrated the need for cooperation and exchange between the different jurisdictions involved and for greater integration of different stakeholders' practices and the desire to harmonize the concerns of those working on behalf of the offenders and those working on behalf of sexual assault victims.

Title: Francophone Women in Minority Situations: United in the fight against violence against women

Applicant/Beneficiary

Fédération nationale des femmes canadiennes-françaises

Description

To deal with the isolation of Francophone women in minority situations and Francophone family-violence intervenors in minority situations, the organization wishes to implement the Networking/training and information sharing component of its action plan to fight violence against women. This action plan was established during the national convention, Femmes Francophones en milieu minoritaire : Solidaires dans la lutte à la violence faite aux femmes, held in November 2003, and set out three components: 1-Claims and promotions; 2-Networking/training and information sharing; 3-Research and studies. This project will conclude in March 2007.

Title: Inuuqatigiitsiarniq: A Territorial Strategy to Stop Violence Against Women

Applicant/Beneficiary

Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council

Description

Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council is proposing to hold a symposium to bring together 75 participants representing workers in the field and community members from all 25 communities across Nunavut to consult on the issues surrounding the increasingly high levels of violence against women in Nunavut and solutions in responding to the issue. To identify the participants, the organization will be conducting a community phone survey of workers in the field and of community members in order to compile a database of relevant individuals and stakeholders to invite. As well, a list of community-based family violence projects/programs will be compiled for the purpose of this symposium.

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