Project Profiles


All community –based projects funded through the “Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse through Community Programs” investment, demonstrate the objectives of the investment:
 

  • Innovation
  • Promotion of trauma-informed approaches
  • Enhanced integration across community services
  • Contribution of new evidence
  • Knowledge dissemination
  • Addressing gaps in information and resources.

These projects offer promising programs and supports for survivors of domestic violence and child abuse in Canadian communities.

“Building Connections: A Group Intervention for Mothers and Children Experiencing Violence in Relationships”  |  Building Internal Resilience through Horses  |  Child and Youth Mental Health: The implementation of the interRAI Collaborative Action Plans to improve outcomes for children and youth exposed to domestic violence  |  Inunnguiniq (childrearing): Developing and piloting an evidence-based intervention to support high-risk families who experience family violence in Nunavut  |  Measuring the Effects of the Shape Your Life Project on the Mental and Physical Health Outcomes of Victims of Domestic Abuse  |  MindUP for Young Children  |  Nato’ we ho win  |  “P.E.A.C.E Project (Peer Education and Connection through Empowerment)”   |  "Play On: A Trauma-Informed Sport Program at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada"  |  “Reaching out with Yoga: To women and their children who have experienced domestic violence, and Transition and Second Stage housing staff”  |  “Safe and Understood: Helping children who experience domestic violence”  |  "Sole Expression: Trauma-Informed Dance Intervention"  S.T.E.P: Supporting the transition to and engagement in parenthood in adults who experienced maltreatment as children  |  Supporting Victims and Strengthening the Health of Northern and Indigenous Youth Experiencing Teen Dating Violence in the Northwest Territories

Building Connections: A Group Intervention for Mothers and Children Experiencing Violence in Relationships

The Mothercraft Society provides quality child care and enrichment programs, as well as training for professionals who work with children and families.  Building Connections enhances capacity among select partner agencies that support pregnant women, new mothers, and the healthy development of young children.  A train the trainer approach using a manualized program, will better equip agency staff with a trauma-informed understanding of family violence and child abuse. The process and outcome evaluation is based on a developmental-relational perspective with a trauma-informed lens.

Website: http://www.mothercraft.ca/

Partnering Agencies: PREVNet, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Toronto Public Health, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Hospital for Sick Children, St. Josephs Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, University Health Network-Toronto Western Hospital

 

Building Internal Resilience through Horses

Building Internal Resilience Through Horses is a new 12 week expressive arts and equine-assisted learning program intended to build resilience and life-skills in young women aged 13 – 18 years who have witnessed or experienced violence in the home or who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. This innovative project will be led by the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre in partnership with The Mane Intent Inc. and researchers from Trent University’s Emotion and Health Research Laboratory.  The initiative is founded on the premise that, through the hands-on experience of working in partnership with horses as natural coaches (no riding) combined with expressive and psychoeducational workshops, young women will reduce post-traumatic symptoms, improve mental health, enhance personal coping skills and resilience.

Website:  http://www.kawarthasexualassaultcentre.com/

Partnering Agencies: Trent University and the Mane Intent


Child and Youth Mental Health: The implementation of the interRAI Collaborative Action Plans to improve outcomes for children and youth exposed to domestic violence

This project is implementing and testing an innovative tool that assesses the health needs of children between the ages of 4 to 18 who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse, and subsequently develops health interventions that are both evidence-informed and community based. The goal of the project is to facilitate greater information sharing, collaboration and service integration across organizations with the overall objective to improve mental health care for children and youth exposed to domestic violence/abuse. The project is led by Western University.

Partnering agencies: interRAI, Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), Kinark Child and Family Services, Merrymount – Family Support and Crisis Centre, London Family Court Clinic.

Website: www.interrai.org/child-and-youth-mental-health.html

CPRI: Child & Parent Resource Institue

 

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Inunnguiniq (childrearing): Developing and piloting an evidence-based intervention to support high-risk families who experience family violence in Nunavut

Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (QHRC) is an organization in Nunavut that enables health research to be conducted locally, by northerners, and with communities, as well as promote the inclusion of both Inuit and Western epistemologies and methodologies in addressing health concerns, creating healthy environments, and improving the health of Nunavummiut. QHRC is developing and piloting an evidence-based intervention to support high-risk families who experience family violence in Nunavut involved in the criminal justice system, accessing social services and/or are in treatment for substance abuse in Nunavut. The Inunnguiniq project works to revive Inuit pathways to wellness-building on Inuit societal values and the importance of family connections and rearing children through a strengths-based and holistic approach. The project will be evaluated through qualitative and quantitative methods based on both western scientific and Indigenous methodologies.

Website: http://www.qhrc.ca/

Measuring the Effects of the Shape Your Life Project on the Mental and Physical Health Outcomes of Victims of Domestic Abuse

Brock University is a post-secondary institution located in the Niagara Region of Ontario. The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club provides a safe and positive space for women and trans people to explore the sport of boxing. This project will evaluate the Shape Your Life trauma-informed boxing program for female and trans-survivors of family or other violence. Participants will use boxing to bring their bodies back under their own control and as a means to improve their mental and physical health.  The program will be evaluated using quantitative and qualitative methods.

Websites: https://brocku.ca/applied-health-sciences/faculty-directory/kinesiology/cathy-van-ingen

www.shapeyourlifeboxing.com

Partnering Agencies: Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club, Opportunity for Advancement

Watch a video about the Shape your Life boxing program: Outside the Ring: http://www.outside-the-ring.com/#!page-2/cjg9

MindUP for Young Children

The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University in London, ON addresses the gaps between research, practice and policy. The Centre seeks to promote an expanded concept of SMH through innovative research partnerships, high quality training opportunities, and a commitment to knowledge mobilization.. The MindUp for Young Children project is implementing and evaluating a mindfulness-informed, evidence-based social and emotional learning intervention within a trauma-informed framework to full-day kindergarten children in The London District Catholic School Board, as well as in a community-based organization, Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, which provides support services and crisis care to children and families.  The project builds on MindUp which is a universal school and mindfulness-based education program that incorporates social-emotional learning into 15, teacher-led lessons. These lessons integrate attentional, self-regulatory, social and emotional strategies for children.The MindUP lessons will also be adapted into parent sessions and implemented with the Merrymount families.

Website: https://mindup.org/

Partnering Agencies: Western Centre for School Mental Health, Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre, Mindup, London District Catholic School Board.

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Nato’ we ho win

The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) is the provincial association for 21 member agencies that run Emergency Shelters, Second Stage Shelters, and Counselling & Support Centres across Saskatchewan. Nato’ we ho win includes design, delivery, and evaluation of an innovative program that addresses the mental and physical health needs of Indigenous women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) through trauma-informed, artistic, and cultural programming. Participants will engage in cultural and creative activities to increase stress management skills, social support networks and knowledge of traditional Indigenous culture and to address health and social issues related to colonialism. Evaluation of the project will include both quantitative measures and Indigenous qualitative methods.

Website: http://pathssk.org

Partnering Agencies: PATHS member agencies, Common Weal Community Arts, Moose Jaw Art Museum and Gallery, Paper Crane Community Arts, and University of Regina

P.E.A.C.E Project (Peer Education and Connection through Empowerment)

Covenant House Toronto is Canada’s largest homeless youth agency and provides a wide range of supports to young people aged 16 to 24. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is a leading treatment and research institution supporting people whose lives are affected by addiction and mental health issues.  The Peer Support project works with community partners to recruit survivor peer mentors and invites girls and women who have experienced domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation to participate in developing a program. Participants will explore barriers to health and wellness and how to maintain healthy lifestyles through trauma-informed health promotion activities. A community-based participatory research framework will inform the development of the program and the qualitative and quantitative evaluation.

Website: http://www.covenanthousetoronto.ca/homeless-youth/Home.aspx

Partnering Agencies: East Metro Youth Services, BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre, Turning Point Youth Services, All Saints Church-Community Centre, Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto, Pape Adolescent Resource Centre, Native Family and Child Services

Play On: A Trauma-Informed Sport Program at Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada provides safe, supportive places  where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, and build positive relationships in communities across the country. Play On will pilot and test a trauma-informed sports and recreation program for children and youth that addresses the health needs of survivors of family violence and child abuse in a fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate environment. The project includes program design and delivery, training of staff on trauma-informed practice, and building capacity in all Boys and Girls club programming.

Website: https://www.bgccan.com

Partnering Agencies: Edgeworks Consulting

Reaching out with Yoga: To women and their children who have experienced domestic violence, and Transition and Second Stage housing staff

The BC Society of Transition Houses provides a continuum of services and strategies necessary to end violence against women, youth and children. Yoga Outreach provides volunteer-based yoga programming to community-based organizations.  Reaching out with Yoga recruits, screens, trains and mentors yoga teachers to implement trauma-informed yoga programming for women and children in shelters and transition houses.  Staff are also being trained to use yoga in their self-care practices to address vicarious trauma. The qualitative and quantitative evaluation is informed by feminist methodological principles.

Websites: http://www.bcsth.ca/

http://www.yogaoutreach.com/

Partnering Agencies: Yoga Outreach

Safe and Understood: Helping children who experience domestic violence

The Child Development Institute is an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto offering evidence based programs for children and their families.  The Safe and Understood project expands the reach of two existing programs that promote the social, emotional, and developmental health of children aged 0 to 4 who have witnessed or experienced family violence. Caring Dads and Mothers in Mind will be delivered in select rural and French speaking communities across Canada. Application to Aboriginal families will be explored. Research models include a cluster randomized control trial, participatory action evaluation, and process and outcome evaluations.

Website: www.childdevelop.ca

Partnering Agencies: University of Toronto, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Child Welfare Institute, Hospital for Sick Children

Sole Expression: Trauma-Informed Dance Intervention

BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization that is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and violence through education and awareness and through collaborating with community partners to provide services to children, youth, and their families. Sole Expression: Trauma-Informed Dance Intervention will collaboratively refine, implement, and evaluate a trauma-informed dance intervention that is innovative and creative and will promote healing and well-being for youth (ages 12-17) who have experienced child abuse and/or domestic violence. The intervention will be evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Website: https://boostforkids.org/

Partnering Agencies: Ryerson University, UNITY, Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe Muskoka

S.T.E.P: Supporting the transition to and engagement in parenthood in adults who experienced maltreatment as children

Centre d'études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l'enfant et la famille. (CEIDEF) is based at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and it aims to establish close links between theory, research and practice in the field of child development and the family. The S.T.E.P project will design, deliver and evaluate an innovative intervention aimed at adults who have experienced abuse or neglect during their childhood and are awaiting a child. Ultimately, this intervention aims to (a) promote the physical and mental health of Canadians who were abused/neglected during their childhood and are at the transition to parenthood, (b) to promote the psychosocial development of their child, and (c) to intercept intergenerational cycles of abuse.

CEIDEF Website: https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw030?owa_no_site=1910

Partnering Agencies: Centre d'études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l'enfant et la famille (CEIDEF), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ)


 


 

Supporting Victims and Strengthening the Health of Northern and Indigenous Youth Experiencing Teen Dating Violence in the Northwest Territories

FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth) is an organization in the Northwest Territories that works with youth to acknowledge and address the social determinants of health for Northern and Indigenous youth and engage them in innovative arts-based health promotion activities. This project uses drama, visual arts, moose hide beading, traditional hand drumming, photography, digital storytelling, and music to educate and facilitate discussions issues that affect Northern youth, including violence, relationships, sexual health, and mental health. The project will be evaluated through the use of social ecology of resiliency theory as a methodological framework.

Website: http://arcticfoxy.com/

Partnering Agencies: University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Government of the Northwest Territories, Blachford Lake Lodge, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife (formerly It Gets Better YK), Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, Aurora College School of Health and Human Services, Northwestern Air, First Air