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 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

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

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

Inter-agency work Vs Inter-agency Silos

Collaboration and good communication amongst anti-violence agencies are high priority. For example, improved communication between police, social workers and shelters could help to understand survivors’ needs and take appropriate action. [i] Collaboration can help optimise resource use, pool scarce resources and improve services via non-duplication of effort and communication about and with clients, seamless transfer … Continue reading Inter-agency work Vs Inter-agency Silos

How do policy landscapes hamper anti-violence efforts ?

In another section 'Violence and immigration' it is discussed how the 2012 imposition of Conditional Permanent Residence has facilitated the abuse of immigrant spouses. In addition to such policy-based facilitation of abuse, the service landscape has been progressively shorn of resources, forced into a neoliberal mode of management without regard to the complexity of the … Continue reading How do policy landscapes hamper anti-violence efforts ?