Projects funded by the Department of Justice Canada under the Family Violence Initiative (April 2011 - March 2012)

Title: Connaissances et compréhension des causes de la violence familiale dans les communautés (MREF) et des conséquences légales liées à celles-ci

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones (MOFIF)

Description:

This two year project will address issues of family violence amongst French speaking ethnic minorities in Ontario. The three main objectives of the project are to identify the underlying causes of family violence in French speaking racialized ethnic minorities in a context of conjugal and parental violence, identify legal consequences of these types of family violence and develop a successful approach to validate and diffuse the results of the research.

Title: Family Violence: A Legal Information Toolkit for Service Providers

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Éducaloi

Description:

This multi-year project produced a legal information toolkit and workshops for service providers working with individuals experiencing family violence. The first phase involved the development of a toolkit in English, designed for English speaking communities in Quebec. It is a practical guide for service providers, with legal information, diagrams, a list of useful resources and suggested questions service providers can ask to identify legal issues. The second phase of the project involved a series of workshops across the province for English speaking Quebecers to explain legal issues that come up in family violence situations.

Title: Identifying Criminal and Civil (Family) Justice System Interventions to Prevent Intimate Partner Homicide

Applicant/Beneficiary:

York University, LaMarsh Centre for Research on Violence & Conflict Resolution

Description:

This is a multi-year research project to examine why suicidal perpetrators often kill their partners even when there is no history of violence. This knowledge will be utilized to develop a risk-assessment management tool to identify when victims are at increased risk of serious violence and homicide. The project has three major objectives: identifying risk markers for attempted suicide/femicide suicide; understanding the dynamics underlying these harmful outcomes; and promoting the safety and welfare of estranged intimate partners (and their children) before, during and after their participation in separation or divorce proceedings.

Title: Safe Women, Accountable Men

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Northern John Howard Society of British Columbia

Description:

The project consists of three interrelated parts connected to one another by a common thread: ensuring increased safety of female victims or alleged victims of spousal abuse, increasing the accountability of alleged or self identified male abusers, and promoting positive change in these men's attitude towards women. In achieving this objective, the Northern John Howard Society of BC has been providing accommodation with rehabilitative support programs for men who have just been charged with violent crimes against their spouses. The organization has also offered community education programs aimed at changing the current culture of male dominance and violence against women, to one in which men are involved in creating a culture of mutual respect and non violence.

Title: A Dialogue on Family Violence in Culturally Diverse Communities

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

Description:

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police in collaboration with the Coalition on Community Safety Health and Well-being held a multi-disciplinary national consultation on family violence in Toronto from March 6 to 8, 2011. The conference, "A Dialogue on Family Violence in Culturally Diverse Communities: Practical Approaches to Prevention and Response" addressed new and emerging manifestations of family violence across the lifespan in culturally diverse communities as identified by police, social services sectors and communities themselves. Participants from the justice, public health, education, immigration and victim services sectors as well as representatives from culturally-diverse communities and all levels of government explored ways to support more effective, prevention, intervention and responses.

Title: Sturgeon Region Family Violence Prevention Program

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Victim Services Unit Sturgeon Region

Description:

The project provided assistance to victims of family violence from the rural community of Morinville, Alberta by offering free facilitated educational sessions addressing family violence risk factors. The sessions were designed to teach participants about the cycle of violence, anger acceleration patterns, communication techniques, parenting techniques and how family violence affects children. In addition, the program provided a court support worker to assist victims of family violence as they work their way through the criminal justice system. The court support worker provides victims with information on the justice system, facilitates the needs of witnesses with disabilities, and arranges for interpreters for victims/witnesses with language barriers.

Title: Evaluating an Integrated Domestic Violence Court: Process, Outcomes and Lessons

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Kings University College at the University of Western Ontario Association

Description:

This project will evaluate the Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDVC), a pilot project established by the Ontario Court of Justice in June 2011. The pilot is dedicated to the "one family one judge" concept and will allow a single judge to hear the criminal and family law cases which relate to one family where the underlying issue is domestic violence. This evaluation study is a joint collaboration between university based researchers, justice system professionals and community partners and incorporates both a quantitative and qualitative design. The project will provide outcome data to explore the value of an integrated court approach including whether it provides for an optimal use of community resources and necessary community support services to families.

Title: Sken:nen A'onsonton Family Program

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake

Description:

The purpose of the project was to increase awareness of family violence issues within the Mohawk Community. It involved information sessions aimed at enhancing knowledge of family violence and increasing access to justice for victims of family violence. The program used culturally relevant materials and local media outlets (radio, local cable, etc.) to educate the community on family violence and promote alternative resolution services offered by the Sken:nen A'onsonton.

Title: Addressing the Needs of Child Sexual Abuse Survivors (Phase II)

Applicant/Beneficiary:

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

Description:

This is a multi-year project to provide culturally appropriate resources to address the complex issue of child sexual abuse. The resources include: two DVD sets entitled "The Hidden Face" (the first addresses the impacts of sexual abuse on children and the second examines adult survivors of child sexual abuse); two guidebooks specific to each DVD; a four day training workshop manual to assist front line workers; and a communications strategy (involving television and radio public service announcements, posters, Internet social networking, high profile spokespersons, school outreach and community events). An evaluation will be conducted to assess the success of the project products.

Title: Projet IPOD - Intégration pour la Protection de l'Ordre et de la Dignité

Applicant/Beneficiary

Action et Développement Jeunesse

Description

The organization will address issues of family violence amongst Francophone visible minority and ethno cultural communities in Ottawa. The organization will develop culturally appropriate awareness materials to address the issue of family violence in these communities; organize community based awareness workshops on family violence in order to promote the emergence of young leaders of Francophone visible minority and ethnocultural communities as engines of social change and as voices against family violence; and increase awareness through the development of a culturally appropriate manual of best practices.

Title: Healthy Relationships: Family, Friends and Community

Applicant/Beneficiary

Agincourt Community Services Association

Description

This project involves presenting the issue of forced marriage through school and community based advertising campaigns and a workshop series. It includes providing accessible information about available community support services and other resources for those who may be affected by forced marriage. The project also provides on site training to service agencies on issues relating to forced marriage, how to identify women who may be forced into marriage, and how to find the supports necessary for them.

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