In July 2015 ICWA began a 3 year project ‘Working in Partnership to prevent Violence against Women and Girls’ (WIP). The project was funded by Status of Women Canada to develop an integrated service delivery model and referral protocol against so-called ‘honour’-based violence (HBV; a controversial term that needs to be changed, as explained here) in Edmonton. The project involved as assessment of service gaps and solutions in addressing the problem, creation of a toolkit for risk assessment, case management and referral, and an online network and e-library for participating agencies to share experience and knowhow.
The WIP year 1 (2015-2016) needs assessment covered service providers’ understanding of so-called HBV, aspects of violence in Edmonton, and current capacity to prevent violence (at primary, secondary and tertiary levels). Potential solutions were captured in a draft service delivery framework.
The resulting report drew on information from 29 service agencies engaged against family, domestic and gender violence (35 interviewees and 47 participants in 8 focus groups). Relevant areas of work included child welfare, prevention of and intervention in domestic violence, newcomer settlement, management of shelters for women fleeing abuse, community engagement and outreach, (e.g., home visitation programs), multicultural liaison/brokering to enhance service access, cross-cultural counseling of individuals and families, community dialogue around healthy families, sex positivity and parent-child relational management, and psychosocial and socioeconomic rehabilitation (vocational training, housing support) of persons dealing with the effects of abuse.
This site started as an effort to share results of the assessment with aims to create a community of knowledge sharing amongst service agencies working with survivors of gender violence (encompassing family violence). The posts, now as then, aim to foster dialogue, debate and awareness by sharing excerpts of interviews with anti-violence service specialists, related commentary and analysis, and relevant web links.