Five new projects have received funding under the Public Health Agency of Canada’s call for proposal, “Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs”. Learn about the projects.
Project Title: Building Internal Resilience Through Horses
Description: This project will deliver and test expressive arts and psycho-educational group therapy, and facilitated equine experiential learning. The project will further existing research on the benefits of equine assisted learning for survivors of child maltreatment and for young women exposed to intimate partner violence.
Project Title: Creative Solutions to Easing Victimization’s Effects
Description: The organization will design, implement and evaluate a 12-week trauma-informed, artistic and cultural program for Indigenous women living off-reserve who are survivors of intimate partner violence. The project will measure changes in women’s symptoms of PTSD related to intimate partner violence and abuse; abuse-related guilt; depression; anxiety; substance use; and self-esteem.
Project Title: Soutenir la transition et l'engagement dans la parentalité (STEP) chez les adultes ayant vécu de mauvais traitement au cours de leur enfance / STEP: Supporting the transition to and engagement in parenthood in adults who experienced maltreatment as children
Description: This project, led by The Centre d’études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l’enfant et la famille (CEIDEF), Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, will pilot, implement and evaluate a mentalization-based group intervention for expectant mothers and fathers who were victims of childhood maltreatment. The project will take place in the Mauricie and the Central Québec Region and also include health and social services professionals, caseworkers, community agencies, and youth protection services.
Project Title: iHEAL in Context: Testing the effectiveness of a health promotion intervention for women who have experienced intimate partner violence
Description: iHEAL is a health promotion intervention designed to support women who are in the transition of separating from an abusive partner to improve their health and quality of life. The intervention will be co-delivered by community health nurses and a community partner, in BC, Ontario and New Brunswick. The project includes a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that will assess the impact of the intervention on a number of health outcomes, including mental health, quality of life, and self-efficacy.
Project Title: Supporting Victims and Strengthening the Health of Northern and Aboriginal Youth Experiencing Teen Dating Violence in the Northwest Territories
Description: This evidence-based intervention is grounded in the theoretical framework of social ecological learning and will reach Indigenous and Northern teenage girls (ages 13-17) through school-based programming across the Northwest Territories (NWT). This arts-based intervention uses drama, visual arts, moose hide beading, traditional hand drumming, photography, digital storytelling, and music to educate and facilitate discussion about issues that affect Northern youth, including violence, relationships, sexual health and mental health.