Projects funded by the Department of Justice Canada under the Family Violence Initiative (April 2007 - March 2008)

Title: Beyond Shelter Walls: System Change, Best Practices and Policy Initiatives to Address Violence Against Women in Canada

Applicant/Beneficiary

YWCA Canada

Description

This is Phase III of a multi-year project called "Turning Points". Phase I included an environmental scan of YWCA shelter services for women leaving violent situations and examined emergency shelter services for women in Canada overall. Phase II resulted in a report entitled Effective Practices in Sheltering Women Leaving Violence in Intimate Relationships, which was completed in 2006, and recommended that all levels of government go "beyond shelter walls" and provide increased funding and services for women leaving abusive relationships. The third phase of the project will entail focus groups, regional consultations and cross-sectoral collaboration, to develop a national policy paper focused on reducing violence against women in Canada in areas including criminal justice and policing, legal, housing, income support, employment training, immigration, health and social services. The project will conclude in December 2009.

Title: Domestic Violence Urgent Response

Applicant/Beneficiary

Family Service Regina Inc.

Description

As part of its Domestic Violence Programs, the organization will work with Regina Police Service, Regina Probation Services, and the Crown Prosecutors Office to develop a tailored and immediate intervention for victims of domestic violence and abusers in extremely high-risk relationships. In order to carry out a well prepared response, information will be gathered and maintained on each victim and abuser. The project partners will develop an individualized intervention plan for each victim. This may involve, immediately following a violent incident, encouraging, helping to facilitate and assisting in the gathering of evidence from victims. This project will focus on cooperation and coordination among the partnering agencies in providing a timely, effective, and safe response to the violence. The project is co-funded under the Policy Centre for Victim Issues and the Family Violence Initiative of the Department. The project will conclude in February 2010.

Title: Family Violence Information Package Project - Phase I

Applicant/Beneficiary

Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland

Description

The purpose of the project is to hold ten focus groups across Newfoundland and Labrador to seek input into whether an existing 2004 family violence information package in a unique medium is sufficient or needs to be revised; to seek input into whether the information package is the most appropriate medium for youth, Aboriginal cultures, and other minority groups; and to seek input from non-English, non-French speaking minority groups into whether other translations are warranted. The project will conclude in July 2008.

Title: Updating, Revising, and Printing Family Violence Materials

Applicant/Beneficiary

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick

Description

The Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick will undertake the necessary research to update, revise, and print family violence materials in English and French. The materials aim to assist abused women who are going through the criminal justice process, share information about abuse with young couples who are preparing to get married, and assist women in ending abuse in their relationships. Some other materials directed at victims of family violence will be distributed in a unique medium. The project will conclude in June 2008.

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