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  • 1.Neighbours Friends and FamiliesAn Ontario Model Program to Address Violence Against Womenin Workplaces and Communities

2. Agenda Putting the Pieces Together The NFF Campaign core content Evolution: Community Coordination Workplace Strategy Legislative Changes Evaluation & Lessons Learned 3. NFF ObjectivesEngage the public in the issue Teach everyone the warning signs and risk factors Identify 3 Vital Behaviours everyone can do Practice Safe & Effective Interventions 4. 1. The NFF Campaign core content 5. PurposeNeighbours, Friends and Families is a campaign to raise awareness of THE SIGNS OF WOMAN ABUSE so that people who are close to an at-riskwoman or abusive man can help.5 6. PartnershipNeighbours, Friends and Families is a partnership between the Ontario Government and the Expert Panel on Neighbours, Friends and Families, through the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children. 6 7. Why Focus on Woman Abuse?A gendered strategy to address domestic violence in communities and workplaces 8. Domestic Violence 3 Types Situational couple violence most common / arguments escalate to violence CoerciveAbuse Woman control* abusive partner controls and coerces Violent Resistance victim of coercive control fights back Johnson / CLASP 20068 9. Woman Abuse Highest risk cases (DVDRC) Most serious injuries(Stats Can) Preventable (because predictable) Impact on children is devastating Cant change what you cant name9 10. Ontario Domestic Homicide Death Reviews2006: 26 women / 6 men* / 12 children 2007: 21 women / 11 men* / 3 children *All but one of the male deaths were suicides after killing their partner.Death Reviews -All cases from 2002-2007 92% of violent perpetrators were male Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee - 200810 11. NFF Model Program The Domestic Violence Death Review Committeethe greatest need continues to be educating all members of the community about the warningsigns of domestic violence and the appropriate action necessary to prevent it.One exampleis the Neighbours, Friends andFamilies Campaign.(DVDRC 2005) 11 12. Tragedy in Windsor Hospital Lori Dupont killed by Marc Daniel at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital November 2005 Many people tried to help Added complexity Shared workplace, victim & perpetrator Power issues, nurse and doctor 12 13. Critical Events and Opportunities Critical Events Visible warning signs and risk factors Should raise possibility of danger Opportunities A chance to intervene Can be missed because of uncertainty ormissing information Organizations and individuals are unprepared 13 14. 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Women at Greater Risk Women with disabilities Aboriginal women Young women (16 24) 18. Safety Planning for Women Developing a Safety plan Getting Ready to Leave Leaving the Abuser After LeavingReferral Information: The Assaulted Womens Helpline18 19. When someone you care about isacting abusively: Approach him when he is calm Tell him that you are concerned for the safety of his partner and children and that there is help for him Recognize that confrontational, argumentative approaches may make the situation worse and put her at higher risk19 20. 20 21. 21 22. Brochures & Safety Cards Available in: Arabic Russian Chinese Simplified Somali Chinese Spanish English Tamil Farsi Vietnamese French Swahili (New) Korean Creole (New) Punjabi Indian Kirundi (New) Punjabi Pakistani Lingala (New) 23. Neighbours, Friends and FamiliesWebsites www.neighboursfriendsandfamilies.ca www.kanawayhitowin.ca www.voisinsamisetfamilles.ca23 24. The Take Away all campaigns How to Intervene Safely and Effectively 3 Things Everyone Can Do! 25. Know the Rule of Isolation Isolation is a factor that is always present insituations of woman abuse It could even be considered a necessaryconditionAs the abuse escalates the isolationbecomes more profound 26. Behaviours Designed to InterruptIsolation 1. Learn to Recognize signs of abuse 2. Respond - Dont sit alone with suspicionsand questions 3. Seek help and take appropriate action Refer to professionals SEE IT NAME IT CHECK IT 27. The Journey to InterventionSee it! Pay attention, recognize the warning signsName it! Break the rule of isolation!Talk to someoneCheck it! Use the experts to figure out what to do next 28. Practice Safe and Effective Interventions Use NFF information and tools in community and workplace settings to respond to domestic violence Provide NFF training and engagement strategies to raise confidence and skills to support early interventions Understand woman abuse as a community and workplace issue where everyone has a role to play. Safe families make for safe communities 29. You dont have to be a hero or fix the situation.Caring about the people around us, paying attentionto them when there are signs of trouble and responding appropriately is radical social change. Little things count 30. How it Works Engaging The Potential and Power of Everyday RelationshipsRelatives FriendsCo-Workers YOUNeighbours CommitteesManager 31. YOU 32. 2. The Evolution of Neighbours, Friends &Families Legislative 33. Local Beginnings 2002 London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse in Ontario begins development and pilot of Neighbour 2 Neighbour (N2N) Campaign, modified from a model developed in San Francisco. 34. Development of NFF Resources 2004 - 2008 Expert Panel struck to develop a comprehensive provincial public education and awareness raising campaign 2005 NFF Community Campaign formally launched 35. Liberals elected 2003 Priority: Domestic ViolenceOWD Consultations DVAPN2N Neighbours, Friends and FamiliesPublic Education Campaign 36. OWD Launched NFF 2005 Neighbours, Friends and FamiliesPublic Education Campaign 37. OWDNFF Lead Local Communities Neighbours, Friends and FamiliesPublic Education Campaign MCSS Funding for DV Coordination MAG OVSS Community Grant Program 38. NFF Regional Coordination South West Region Regional Domestic Violence Coordinating Committees (10 communities) develops a regional strategy for implementation of NFF in communities 39. NFF Regional ImplementationMCI OWDProvincial Campaign MAG OVSSCommunity Grant ProgramMCSSFunding for DV Coordination 40. NFF Regional ImplementationMCI OWDProvincial Campaign MAG OVSSCommunity Grant ProgramMCSSFunding for DV Coordination 41. Coordination isKey to Change Government / public / private aligned - collaboration Communities working together on shared goals Supporting each other Sharing knowledge Making resources go further Improving services 42. 54 Court Jurisdictions 45 VAW Coordinating CommitteesSWRCC 43. Building Safe and Strong CommunitiesDomestic Violence Action PlanNFF - Public EducationMAG - OVSSMCI -OWD MCSSCommunity Grants Lead Ministry for ProvincialDV CommunityProgram ImplementationCoordination Opportunities for projectProvincial vantage point Opportunity for greaterinnovation in citizen and enables information sharing, coordination in community engagement at connectivity, support for local communities, and between local levelefforts, ongoing strategycommunities, using NFF asthe link Community Implementation 44. NFF Funding OWD VJF FundingOVSSCCC Funding NFF WorkplaceStrategy 45. Becoming A Workplace ChampionLevel 1: Information Introduce campaign and materials to all employeesLevel 2: Education 1 hour presentation to all employees Level 3: Sustainability Train the Trainer (2 day) / Intervention Workshop (1 day)45 46. The Workplace Strategy - Rationale 1. Provides program to follow Easy entry level the quick win potential for provincial consistency uses existing infrastructure of organizations2. Ensures all employees receive information 3. Reduces risks by preparing employees to: Recognize warning signs and high risk factors Respond appropriately Make referrals 4. Provides DV education - Bill 168 46 47. There is nothing special about Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital this tragedy can happen anywhere.Mary Benson Albers HDGH HR Director 48. Why Workplaces Need to Be Involved Most workplaces are unprepared Many employees are affected directly and indirectly Multiple concerns such as security, health, performance, productivity In 9 out of 10 workplace incidents, the victim later confides in a co-worker Employers & co-workers can make a difference The workplace is where the victim can be found by her abuser.48 49. The Workplace Components 1 Hour Presentation (PPT core content) 2 Day Workplace Train the Trainer Program 2 Day Senior Management Training Intervention Workshops (See it Name it Check it) Workplace Champion Recognition Links with existing community resources49 50. How it Works50 51. Build the List 52. Start from Where You Are 53. Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Be the change! 54. How many people? 55. 2009 Lists Results!!! Over 100 organizations recognized Most CC member agencies 21 Ministries in West Region Cities of Windsor, London 3 Municipalities 3 Hospitals Bruce Power Royal Bank (London) Tim Hortons 56. Recognizing Workplace ChampionsFebruary 12, 2010 - 5 communities: London, Owen Sound, Strathroy, Stratford, Windsor 57 57. Bill 168 Support for Employers 58. Bill 168 Amendment to the Ontario OH&S Act Received accent on Dec. 15, 2009 Comes into effect June 15, 2010 Requires employers oTo develop policies and programs to help prevent WP violence and harassment Bill 168 oTo take reasonable precautions to protect employees from domestic violence in WP 59. Bill 168 Under section 32.0.4 of the Act o if an employer is aware or ought to beaware that domestic violence that is likely toexpose a worker to physical injury may occurin the workplace, the employer must takeevery reasonable precaution to protect theworker. 60. Bill 168 How can employers take action against domestic violence that may occur in the workplace? Recognize the Warning Signs! Risk is variable difficult to predict when a situation will escalate to physical violence 61. Responding to D.V. in the Workplace In the best interests of employers to be able to recognize the signs of domestic violence assess the potential risk to the victim, co- workers and other bystanders have measures and procedures in place to control risks 62. Introducing a domestic violence workplace program Website (linked to NFF) Brochures Audit Tools Protocol Development Support for Employers 63. Self-Assessment Quiz Assessing Your Workplace Readiness Immediate Situation: Crisis An employee is being stalked by an ex-boyfriend. You are the security advisor What would you do? How would your workplace handle this situation? What resources would you turn to? 64. Suggested Protocol re: Disclosure and Confidentiality Sets out principles and considerations Discusses information needs Suggests a series of DOs, DONTs and MUST DOs that can be adapted Provides examples 65. Suggested Protocol re: Setting up an Interdisciplinary Response Team Rationale Team Purpose / Membership Challenges Key Considerations Scope Relationship to Joint Health & Safety Relationship to community resources 66. Suggested Protocol re: Communicating with Employees at Risk. Shows how to use 3 step process: Recognize / Respond / Refer Suggests quick list of DOs and DONTs Provides some scripts and conversation starters to help you voice your concern and support Lists additional resources 67. Brochures Recognize / Respond / Refer Warning Signs and Risk FactorsAt Risk at Work How to Keep Yourself Safe and Supported 68. Outcomes, Evaluation and ChallengesLessons learned from the NFF Experience to date 69. Evaluation Participant evaluations from community and workplace training (pre and post) Stats collection (# participants, resources distributed, media events, etc.) Qualitative Evaluation Report At Grass Level (2008) Evaluation Report Evaluation of NFF (2009) Annual reports to funders 70. Evaluation NFF Workplace Training Ontario Public Service Initiative (OPS) 2008- present West region 10,000 staff completed Level 1 5,000 have had the Level 2 training 50 trained facilitators in multiple ministries (level 3 training) 21 Ontario ministries participated in training Eastern Region 9,000 staff completed Level 1 40 trained facilitators (Level 3 training) 71. OPS Evaluations (n1500) 87% felt the content is very effective 90% indicated they learned important information about warning signs. 93% strongly agree that they have a role to play in ending woman abuse. 85% have an idea about the role they can play. 94% strongly believe the NFF content is important for all OPS employees 72. NFF Resource Distribution2006-2008 450,000 English brochures / safety cards 60,000 French brochures / safety cards 385,000 other language brochures / cards 73. NFF Results (2008 Evaluation) 15 communities reported 165 media activities 1,600 community members attended community presentations 91% of participants reported they felt more prepared to identify warning signs. 87% reported they were more prepared to provide referrals 100% its important to offer NFF in their workplaces and communities 74. Lessons Learned Program resonates in diverse communities and workplaces, and is very effective Specific direction wanted what do I say? Community development model extremely successful Using circles of influence delivers the program in unique and effective ways Starting assumption key 75. Lessons Learned Challenges with mobilizing funding to pay for community implementation Challenges with evaluation collecting statistics is difficult in communities Sustainability planning is incomplete - program requires ongoing provincial funding support 76. In Progress Development of DisAbility strategy Development of Diversity strategy Evaluation of NFF Community andWorkplace programs Sustainability Planning Development of new Resources for Workplaces 77. CoordinationSVAPBill 168Provincial GovernmentDVAP ElderAbuse 78. Neighbours, Friends and FamiliesMost Ontarians feel a personal responsibility for...