Critical Time Intervention – A model to enable transition to sustainable living

Introduction Critical Time Intervention (CTI) involves a phased and time-limited (9 months) approach to community-based rehabilitation of a vulnerable client towards independent and sustainable living. It is specific to the period of transition of the person moving from a shelter or hospital ward to living in the community and its implementation involves a planned and … Continue reading Critical Time Intervention – A model to enable transition to sustainable living

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Access to childcare and its relationship with prevention of violence against women

Introduction: Availability vs accessibility of childcare The provision of childcare is inseparable from the achievement of gender equity, as well as the issue of improved systemic capacity to foster women’s ability to rebuild their lives after the experience of violence.  Over the last decades, the need and demand for child care have grown steadily. Access … Continue reading Access to childcare and its relationship with prevention of violence against women

The realities of ‘post-separation violence’

Introduction Post-separation violence - let me begin with considering the subtle flaws of the phrase itself. It is often thought that separation from a violent, abusive spouse signals the end of violence. The prefix 'post' suggests that the separation itself is a permanent state of liberation. But what frequently happens in reality is rather different … Continue reading The realities of ‘post-separation violence’

Home visitation to prevent family violence: The potential and the challenges

What is home visitation? According to the Alberta Home Visitation Network Association (AHVNA), ‘Home visitation is a voluntary free-of-charge program for Alberta families with children from newborn to six years of age. Priority is given to children in the 0-3 years age range.’ (Link) Through weekly visits, home visitors can confer with parents to strengthen … Continue reading Home visitation to prevent family violence: The potential and the challenges

Supported inter-agency referrals for survivors – A new model of action is needed

What is a referral? In medicine, referral is the transfer of care for a patient from one clinician or clinic to another by request.  Generally speaking, it is an act of referring someone or something for consultation, review, or further action. What are the steps involved in performing a referral? How should a referral be … Continue reading Supported inter-agency referrals for survivors – A new model of action is needed

April 28, 2017 – The removal of Conditional Permanent Residence by the Government of Canada

On April 28, 2017, the Government of Canada eliminated Conditional Permanent Residence for spouses and partners of permanent Canadian citizens and permanent residents who were in a relationship of two years or less and had no children in common, at the time of their sponsorship application.[1] The removal of CPR went largely unnoticed in the … Continue reading April 28, 2017 – The removal of Conditional Permanent Residence by the Government of Canada

Risk assessment for extended/conjugal family violence: Addressing the gaps

In the 2015-2016 needs-assessment, it emerged that current models of service and tools for risk assessment in Edmonton are ill-suited to handling violence done via extended social networks of kin and community. Violence is largely understood and handled as occurring within the nuclear family or from one intimate partner to another. Apparently, there is neither … Continue reading Risk assessment for extended/conjugal family violence: Addressing the gaps

Seniors facing intimate partner violence: At the crossroads of sexism and ageism

Shirley married Kenny when she was 20 years old. She was surprised when he noticed her and asked her out. He was outgoing and popular; she was quiet and shy. He had big dreams for their life together. Kenny liked the house kept clean and meals on the table promptly at 6 p.m. In 1949, … Continue reading Seniors facing intimate partner violence: At the crossroads of sexism and ageism

Housing Instability and Domestic Violence: Preventing a survivor’s slide into homelessness

Women seeking a way out of violence in the domestic space require a range of supports. These supports should encompass the emotional, informational and tangible. One crucial form of tangible support is in the area of housing, an especially important concern for victims of domestic violence.  To escape their abusers, women need alternative housing or … Continue reading Housing Instability and Domestic Violence: Preventing a survivor’s slide into homelessness