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: Children and Youth
- Program name:
Cause I Care for You
First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission
- Target Group:
Youth (Adaptable for other demographics)
- Contact Name:
Stéphane Savard, Family Violence and Suicide Prevention Counsellor
418-842-1540 ext: 268
The development of the "Cause I Care for You!" training and toolkit was in 2007 and no changes have been made since. It is still on-going if communities/shelters request training on the tool.
- Goals & Objectives:
The main objectives of the program are to: increase awareness of violence as a phenomenon by identifying the ways in which people who commit violent acts are responsible for them; provide information about appropriate and inappropriate attitudes and behaviours in a person's exercise of control over someone else; offer teenagers positive and healthy alternatives in their relationships; encourage constructive and non-judgemental dialogue about the phenomenon of violence; and tell participants about, or refer them to, available support resources concerning violence.
- Traditional/Indigenous ways:
- Components of program:
The program consists of a kit that teachers, youth workers and other individuals who are involved with youth can use to explore and create dialogue about the themes of: jealousy, psychological violence, sexual violence and physical violence. This is done through the use of educational videos that are specific to each theme and are accompanied by a number of questions to encourage dialogue. It is designed to be adapted to a workshop format consisting of four sessions of 60 minutes. The facilitators of this program are encouraged to include activities in the workshops (i.e. role play, art therapy) to increase the effectiveness of the learning experience and to help retain the key messages that youth are expected to retain. For each video, there is a suggested approach for running the activity (covering the objectives as well), a number of questions to use to encourage discussion, and content to be further explored (containing additional information related to the theme of the video)
- Services/How they work:
Program is offered in various communities wishing to make use of it.
Funding is provided by the Quebec Government.
Relationships and Stakeholders
- Involvement of Target Groups:
Quebec Native Women (Femmes Autochtones du Québec).
- Other relationships:
A training session on sexual abuse was co-developed for women's shelters and treatment centers.
Details of Program Evaluation
An evaluation has not been completed.
- Highlights of Evaluation Findings:
- Measures of Success:
Success has been measured based on the comments of the communities who decided to use the toolkit.
Being able to provide a resource where none existed before.
Things to Know to Replicate
- Replication Advice:
The program considered replicable. It does not take a lot of funding to do it in communities and it takes about four hours to do this workshop.
Sufficient funding and properly trained staff are essential to the success of the program.
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