You're doing what? Merging harm reduction and trauma-informed practice in Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters
Presented by: Dr. Susan Scott and Dr. Angela Hovey, Lakehead University, School of Social Work, Orillia
This webinar focused on how harm reduction philosophy and practices are being implemented in many Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters in Ontario. Harm reduction is complementary to the trauma-informed practices that shelters are already applying in service delivery to the women and children they support. The linkages between harm reduction and trauma-informed practice will be examined both on a theoretical level and through analysis of case situations specific to the adult and child residents in shelters. The case situations are drawn from qualitative research data based on work with VAW shelters in Ontario.
Participants learned about:
- Key elements of harm reduction as a philosophy and as an approach implemented in practice in VAW shelter settings;
- Linkages between harm reduction and trauma-informed practice;
- Case examples from VAW shelter settings which illustrate the complementary and complex situations which arise with the introduction of harm reduction approaches to trauma-informed practice settings.
Dr. Angela Hovey is an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work at Lakehead University, Orillia Campus. She came to academia after many years of clinical social work practice with violence, trauma, and substance abuse issues in federal and provincial prisons, community agencies, and private practice settings. Her current areas of research focus on use of harm reduction approaches in domestic violence shelters, domestic violence and policing practices, restorative justice-based community programs for sex offenders, male survivor treatment evaluation, and student mental health accommodations.
Dr. Susan Scott is an Associate Professor with the School of Social Work at Lakehead University, Orillia Campus. She teaches social policy and all areas of macro social work. Susan has extensive practice experience in a broad range of social work fields (e.g., justice, children’s services, mental health). She is currently engaged in research related to domestic violence and policing as well as the use of harm reduction approaches in women’s shelters.