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

Cultural Safety

Introduction In Canada, Brian Sinclair's tragic death in 2008 has been a turning point in the conversation on racism, discrimination, racial/cultural profiling and how they impact access to and delivery of care. It’s been almost six years [in the fall of 2008] since Brian Sinclair wheeled himself into the emergency room at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences … Continue reading Cultural Safety

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

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

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’

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

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

Aspects of the trauma informed approach

Trauma is the experience of an unexpected, frightening event or several such events. The effect of trauma is often to overwhelm the sufferer's ability to understand, process and cope with the event(s) that are traumatic. In some cases, trauma leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) , wherein the initial trauma is relived in later life … Continue reading Aspects of the trauma informed approach