Family Violence Initiative

COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA

INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES

Law Enforcement

Program Name:

RCMP Aboriginal Domestic Violence Program

Organization/Community:

The RCMP's Community Aboriginal Diversity Policing Service

Location:

12 Mi'kmaq reserves serviced by the RCMP in Nova Scotia

Website:

www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ns/

Goals and Objectives:

To inform and train RCMP officers on issues of family violence and community-based policing in Aboriginal communities.

Target Group Description:

Police officers that work within Aboriginal communities.

Program Description:

The program participants are trained to collaborate with Aboriginal policy analysts, community liaison officers and diversity members to train members for community-based policing in Aboriginal communities. The training has now become standardized practice for people working in the justice system. The Program uses Mi'kmaq teachings in the design of five training modules that are the education component for the training of police investigators involved in Aboriginal Family Violence cases. Whenever possible, police services for First Nation/Aboriginal clients are provided in the Mi'kmaq language. Aboriginal Elders and traditional ceremonies as well as sweat lodges are used as part of the Aboriginal Perceptions course for the RCMP.

Program Successes/Impact:

Implementation of a work plan which is effective and comprehensive, with strong collaboration and buy in from RCMP Detachment Commanders.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

Need for retraining RCMP personnel due to high turnover rate. Difficulty in overcoming perceptions of Mi'kmaq community members.

Program in operation since:

2010.

Program:

Ongoing.