The ABCs of Relationship Abuse and Family Violence. Presenter: Brenda Rosenthal, Prevention of Relationship Abuse Program Coordinator Athabasca. Prevention of Relationship Abuse Program. Support and education for those affected by relationship abuse Action plans Safety Plans - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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The ABCs of Relationship Abuseand Family Violence
Brenda Rosenthal, Prevention of Relationship Abuse Program Coordinator
Prevention of Relationship Abuse Program
Support and education for those affected by relationship abuse
Supported access to community resources
Community Action for Healthy Relationships -CAHR
Kelly Lynn Spafford – local CAHR Program Coordinator
Community agencies in Athabasca, Barrhead and Westlock are working together to address family violence
Funding of 1.1 Million received from Alberta Justice –Safe Communities Innovation Fund for the 3 communities until 2014
Community Action for Healthy Relationships -CAHR
3 key components:
Enhanced Outreach Services to full time – PRAP Coordinator
Coordinated Community Response e.g. Workplace & Community Protocols; referral protocols to increase awareness & to ensure timely access to services
Men’s and Women’s Treatment Program based on the Duluth Model and Alberta Health Services Provincial Family Violence Treatment Program Standards (draft May 2012)
Creating Change for Healthy Relationships Treatment Program:
New program for Athabasca for people struggling with the issue of relationship abuse
Separate Women’s and Men’s program; NOT couples counselling
Referral from agencies, community organizations and self referrals
No charge to attend
Led by a qualified Therapist and trained Co-Facilitators
30 hours in length in either weekly sessions or Weekends format
Call (780) 689-8136 to refer
Alberta Government’s definition of Family Violence is
Family Violence: any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, in an intimate relationship. It may include a single act of violence, or a number of acts forming a pattern of abuse through the use of assaultive and controlling behavior. (AB. 2011)
Its about Power and Control
The abuse or violence is used to intimidate, humiliate or frighten a partner of an intimate relationship, or to make them powerless.
Abusers feel entitled and justify their behavior
Abusers disrespect their partners and feel superior
Abusers confuse love and abuse
Abusers are manipulative
Abusers try to present a good public image
Abusers deny and minimize their abuse
Abusers are possessive
Abusive behavior is a chosen behavior.
Types of Abuse
Power and Control
Physical Abuse Sexual
Behaviors that cause pain or physical injury or the threat of, to the another person’s body.
Psychological/ Emotional Abuse Behaviors that undermine their partner’s sense of well-being or that causes the individual to perceive himself or herself as inept, not cared for, and worthless
Verbal Abuse The use of negative comments that are unwelcome, embarrassing, offensive, or threatening to another person
Any unwelcome or forced sexual activities
Social AbuseAny behaviour resulting in the isolation and alienation of a person from friends or family
Intellectual AbuseDisrespecting, or devaluing another’s opinions, ideas or learning styles.
Using money to gain control or have power over another person
Spiritual Abuse Any tactics that exert power and control over a woman's spirituality or uses religious teachings to justify abusive behaviors.
The use of culture to justify abusive behaviors or the use of power to devalue another’s culture.
Abuse of Property or PetsDamaging or threatening to damage another’s personal property to intimidateor control.
Using ChildrenGaining power over another person by threatening the child or access to the child.
Seeing, hearing, being told about, or seeing the aftermath of abuse and coercive control used against a parent. (2011)
“Children are not ‘witnesses’ to events in their home.” (2004)
Children “Exposed” to Family Violence have an increased risk of:
How can I help?
One caring person in a child’s life can make a difference.
• Listen to what the child has to say without interrupting or judging.
• Believe the child (but do not over-react).
• Assure the child that abuse is not their fault – no one deserves to be hurt or abused.
Report immediately to authorities.
Hands are Not For Hitting/Words are Not For HurtingPrograms
Dating Violence Awareness Program
New this fall
Vecova’s Research Services, with funding from the Canadian Women's Foundation and TELUS, developed a Dating Violence Awareness Program. Completed this spring the Plain Language program includes a Facilitator’s Guide, a Workbook, six PowerPoint Presentations, and two videos. The program is divided into six modules:
What is a Relationship?
Gender and Media Stereotypes
What is Dating Violence?
Abuse, Power and Control
Help! I’m in an Abusive Relationship
Our Hope for the future
Children will understand that “Abuse is not normal”