Purple

I met a friend onlineand she was done up all in purplefrom bespoke blouse to lipstick Why the palette girl November is family violence prevention month don't you know And what's the purple mean I guess something to do with bruises  But if there is no bruise? What's your point? What if you see nothing? … Continue reading Purple

How healthcare providers can support women coping with violence

This article looks at the role of healthcare providers in the provision of culturally safe, sensitive and compassionate support to patients who are living with family violence (FV) and/or intimate partner violence (IPV). This area is of interest and priority because physicians’ offices are key but underutilized loci for the potential screening and detection of … Continue reading How healthcare providers can support women coping with violence

Culturally appropriate and safe assistance through home visitation for survivors of violence: Practices, challenges, needs – Report, July 2020

This report is a qualitative exploration of practices, challenges and unmet needs in Home Visitation (HV)-based supports to diverse mothers living in situations of family violence in the Canadian province of Alberta. ​It is an instrumental output of a 2019-2023 collaborative multi-agency project. The report provides evidence to develop and pilot a home visitation protocol … Continue reading Culturally appropriate and safe assistance through home visitation for survivors of violence: Practices, challenges, needs – Report, July 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Canada (with some notes on Alberta)

The emerging evidence is that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender based violence (GBV; including family violence FV, which is intrinsically gendered) and adversely impacted anti-violence efforts worldwide (ACWS (Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters), 2020; Hankivsky & Kapilashrami, 2020; Peterman et al., 2020; UN Women, 2020; World Health Organization, 2020). The pandemic has disrupted funding … Continue reading The COVID-19 Pandemic and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Canada (with some notes on Alberta)

Home Visitation as “Pretervention” of family violence

Background Historically, perinatal home visitation (HV) programs have been used to reduce risks for poor pregnancy outcomes, improve parenting skills and enhance infant development. The core content of most perinatal HV programs includes: (1) anticipatory guidance (2) curriculum-based tips for enhancement of parenting and/or child development (3) social support and practical assistance to mothers (4) … Continue reading Home Visitation as “Pretervention” of family violence

Key steps in managing the client-case worker relationship – Tripat Kaur, Val Cudmore

PART A Informal Sharing Informal Sharing is a process that allows the client to talk freely and share their thoughts with greater confidence. This helps the client and counselor in the following ways: It provides an opportunity for the counsellor to know more about the client and their problems. All clients need to be listened … Continue reading Key steps in managing the client-case worker relationship – Tripat Kaur, Val Cudmore

Asylum

This is  for those who think that going to shelter is the complete and final answer for women facing violence, the perfect solution for women caught in the nowhere land between the violence in their homes and the uncertainty of shelter space.   Noise is a myth here, like dust and sweat. Silence – but … Continue reading Asylum

Engaging boys and men in anti-violence efforts

There is a recognized need to mobilize boys and men as allies against gender violence (which presents in diverse forms, in family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault in and outside the family, homophobic and transphobic violence, and diverse forms of gender discrimination through the lifespan) (Barker et al and WHO; 2007).  In the time … Continue reading Engaging boys and men in anti-violence efforts