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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.
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.
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.
To help support safe housing solutions for women and children experiencing Intimate Partner Violence, visit: https://stmichaelsfoundation.com/safeathomehamilton