Justice Partnership and Innovation Program – Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls


Violence against women remains a problem in Canada and throughout the world, affecting women’s personal safety and their ability to participate in and contribute to society. The risk of violence is compounded for Aboriginal women (First Nations, Inuit, Métis and non-status Indians), who are three and one-half times more likely to experience violent victimization than non-Aboriginal women. Aboriginal women report higher rates of violence committed by strangers and more serious forms of family violence. They are significantly over-represented as victims of homicide and are also three times more likely to be victims of spousal violence than non-Aboriginal women.

The Government of Canada is committed to enhance efforts to reduce violence against Aboriginal women and girls by supporting community-led programming and awareness campaigns as well as action to address the underlying factors that make Aboriginal women more vulnerable to violence. Any approach to violence must begin with a strong focus on prevention, including intervening early with children and youth, providing supports for education and training, and sending a clear message that violence is unacceptable.

The Justice Partnership and Innovation Program – Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls supports Aboriginal communities in breaking intergenerational cycles of violence and abuse through awareness activities, pilot projects, tools and resources to reduce vulnerability to violence and to build healthy relationships.

Who is Eligible?

  • National, provincial, municipal, regional, Aboriginal, community or professional non-for-profit organizations;
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments;
  • Canadian educational institutions;
  • Bands, tribal councils, self-governing First Nations and Inuit.


The objective of the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program – Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls is to reduce vulnerability of young Aboriginal women and girls to violence through the development of models and programs to empower Aboriginal women, and the development of resources and tools to provide Aboriginal women and girls with alternatives to risky behaviour.


The Justice Partnership and Innovation Program – Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls will provide project based support to:

  • Innovative community-based and school-based initiatives that reduce vulnerabilities to violence; and,
  • Awareness activities aimed at breaking intergenerational cycles of violence and abuse affecting Aboriginal women and girls.

How to Apply for Funding

To apply for funding, please fill out the Funding Application Form.

Official Languages

In support of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the Department is committed to facilitate the participation of official language minority communities and their organizations in the development and assessment of the Department's policies, programs and services having significant impact on the development of the communities; and to take measures to ensure that the Department of Justice's programs and services reach official language minority communities. In the context of project funding, these measures include:

  • Outreach to official language minority communities to enhance their understanding of the Department of Justice funding programs; and
  • Encouraging contacts between organizations that are receiving financial assistance and official language minority organizations/groups to ensure that the needs of these communities are taken into consideration in relation to the proposed projects to be considered for Department of Justice Canada funding.

Sustainable Development

The Department of Justice encourages you to submit proposals electronically.  If you submit your application on paper, please consider printing on both sides of the paper. These actions will minimize environmental impacts.

Publications and Resources

Contribution Funds for Non-Governmental Organizations, a Handbook
We designed this guide as a reference tool to help you better understand and comply with the financial requirements described in contribution agreements.  We recommended that you review this handbook if you receive funding for your project.

Contact Information

Department of Justice Canada
Programs Branch
284 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa ON  K1A 0H8
Telephone: 613 941-4193
Fax: 613-954-4893
E-mail: pb-dgp@justice.gc.ca

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