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Government of Canada Supports Initiatives to Stop Violence and Support Survivors

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Published on February 15, 2020 with No Comments

Violence against women and girls is a serious public health issue and one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. Gender-based and family violence has immediate and long-lasting impacts on the physical and mental health of survivors, as well as lasting consequences for families, communities and society as a whole.

On behalf of the Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, Member of Parliament Chris Bittle announced more than $1.3 million to support two initiatives aimed at preventing violence against children and supporting young survivors of family violence.                                                                                                         

Brock University’s Shape Your Life project is a trauma-informed, non-contact boxing program designed to aid survivors’ recovery and healing from violence. Phase two of the project, focused on youth, will be delivered in collaboration with three community-based agencies located in the Niagara Region of Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta. The project aims to reach 200 youth survivors of violence and to train 20 coaches and program leaders. The project builds on the experiences and new evidence developed by a previous iteration of Shape Your Life funded between 2016 and 2019. Results from the first phase showed that the program had significant positive mental and physical health outcomes for cisgender and trans women who have experienced gender-based violence.

The not-for-profit organization Positive Discipline in Everyday Life will be enhancing, delivering and evaluating a child maltreatment prevention program called Positive Discipline in everyday Parenting. The program was developed in Canada and has been implemented around the world. It will do this by incorporating into the program current knowledge about trauma and violence and its impacts on survivors and families. Positive Discipline in Everyday Life will partner with national and provincial organizations to deliver the program to more than 1260 parents and caregivers in six provinces and train 180 facilitators to help deliver and test the effectiveness of the program.

 “Gender-based and family violence can have an impact on every aspect of a survivor’s life, from physical and mental health, to housing and financial security. I am proud to announce the Government of Canada’s support for these two projects, which are using evidence-based and innovative approaches to increase awareness of child maltreatment as well as how to prevent it and support survivors of family violence,” said Patty Hajdu
Minister of Healt.


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