Family Violence Initiative
COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA – COMPENDIUM ANNEX: DETAILED PRACTICE DESCRIPTIONS
INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES
Healthy Relationships: Women
- Program name:
Family Violence Component
Onen'to:kon Treatment Services
- Target Group:
Male and Female clients.
- Contact Name:
Mavis Etienne, Clinical Supervisor
- Goals & Objectives:
To develop skills in women to deal positively with potentially abusive relationships through the incorporation of traditional teachings; and to incorporate traditional teachings especially the value of respect, to reduce vulnerability to violence and abuse.
- Traditional/Indigenous ways:
The cultural component of the program is a set of traditional activities that seek to integrate traditional Native practices and the twelve-step model of the AA program of recovery, which includes: traditional ceremonies, Native languages, bead/craft work, traditional foods, drumming and traditional music.
- Components of program:
The program lasts six (6) weeks, follows the AA 12 steps approach, and includes traditional practices of healing. It rests on the belief that self-help comes from helping others. The program includes individual counselling, group therapy, lectures, and films; it also includes participation in Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings and in cultural activities. The program incorporates relaxation, occupational, social and recreational therapy.
- Services/How they work:
Services are provided on site at the facility.
Funding is received by the Department of Health Canada's National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program.
Relationships and Stakeholders
- Involvement of Target Groups:
- Other relationships:
Details of Program Evaluation
No evaluation has been completed.
- Highlights of Evaluation Findings:
- Measures of Success:
Success is measured against clients making positive and healthy life choices.
Women realizing that they do not have to stay in abusive relationships and successfully choosing positive ways of addressing that situation.
The program is too short (6 weeks) to meet many of the needs of the clients.
Things to Know to Replicate
- Replication Advice:
The program is considered replicable. No advice given.
Adequate funding, properly trained staff and facility space for the programming would be necessary to ensure the program's success.
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