Solutions Network: Safe at Home

Housing solutions for women experiencing intimate partner violence

In Progress

Homelessness and Housing

Intimate Partner Violence

Solutions Networks

MAP has launched 10 collaborative solutions networks with a common goal: to effect real-world social change by co-designing and demonstrating what works to address critical urban health challenges in our communities. Learn more


One in four Canadian women will experience physical, sexual, and/or psychological violence from an intimate partner in her lifetime.

For many women, leaving a violent relationship means being displaced from home and community. This unfair consequence for women and their children has traditionally been accepted as unavoidable.

The Solution

Our network is co-designing a better solution. Based on the Safe at Home model from Australia, this program requires the perpetrator to leave the family home, giving survivors of violence the option to remain in place and recover with supports from integrated health, social, police, and legal services. Some programs provide services and counselling to the perpetrators as well.

This is the first time that this solution will be tested in urban Canada. Our goals are to tailor the program’s pillars to urban Canadian settings; create a blueprint for the program’s cross-sector collaborations and commitments; and use evaluation to guide successful implementation, paving the way to successful scale-up across Canada.

The Outcome

In addition to providing immediate support to the participants, this study could establish a new, innovative best practice to better support and protect women and children across Canada who are experiencing violence in their homes.

Homelessness and Housing

Intimate Partner Violence

Solutions Networks

Dr. Patricia O’Campo

One of the first scientists to shine a light on the social determinants of health, Dr. Pat O’Campo continues to push for change: evidence-based health and social policies and programs to eliminate urban health inequities. Dr. O'Campo is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Population Health Intervention Research.

Staff

  • Pearl Buhariwala
  • Maha Hassan
  • Janisha Kamalanathan
  • Melissa Perri

Funders

  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Collaborators

  • Petra Babic (Peer2Peer Consultants)
  • Donnica Campbell (Interval House Hamilton)
  • Dr. Walter Dekeseredy (West Virginia University)
  • Ruth Greenspan (John Howard Society)
  • Erin Griver (Mission Services)
  • Brian Kreps (City of Hamilton)
  • Tessa Mcfadzean (Good Shepherd Hamilton)
  • Valerie Sadler (Mission Services)
  • Nancy Smith (Interval House Hamilton)
  • Cathy Watts (Peer2Peer Consultants)

Contact Info

Janisha Kamalanathan

Research Coordinator