Police AssociAtion of novA scotiA 81 FAMILY VIOLENCE INITIATIVE PERFORMANCE REPORT FOR APRIL 2004 TO MARCH 2008 Department of Justice Canada In 2006, the research firm Ipsos-Reid prepared a report entitled Aboriginal Women and Family Violence for INAC, which explores attitudes and opinions of Aboriginal women, and the professionals who work with them, on the issue of family violence, specifically intimate partner violence against women. This report reaffirms that awareness raising and education about family violence issues make a difference, and that continuing these efforts is important to shifting attitudes and changing behaviours. Consultations conducted by the National Seniors Council on Elder Abuse in 2007 reaffirmed that increasing awareness of elder abuse must be “enhanced and accelerated.” EXPECTED INTERMEDIATE RESULT: Enhanced community capacity to address Family Violence Many capacity barriers to implementation continue to exist in communities, including adequate personnel, resources and space to sustain service delivery. The FVI is helping to address some of these barriers by making recommendations to strengthen the legislative frameworks to address family violence, facilitating the development of local policies and protocols to address violence, enhancing local knowledge and skills to effect change, enhancing shelters and improving service delivery and programming in federally mandated areas, and by facilitating partnership development, networks and linkages to other sources of knowledge, expertise, support. Anecdotal evidence from project funding recipients indicates that FVI contributions to community capacity enhancement are valued. These projects have helped to increase knowledge and expertise and have provided essential tools and resources to equip communities to respond to family violence issues, and with the support of other partners and stakeholders, have enhanced the availability and accessibility of services and supports to those most in need. In the reporting period, this has been particularly evident in project funding for Aboriginal, ethnocultural and immigrant communities. The Family Violence Initiative Performance Report for April 2004 to March 2008 was prepared by Wanda Jamieson and Lee Gomes, JHG Consulting, for the Family Violence Initiative. For more information, please contact: National Clearinghouse on Family Violence Public Health Agency of Canada 200 Eglantine Driveway, Jeanne Mance Building Tunney’s Pasture, 1909D Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9 Telephone: 1-800-267-1291 Fax: (613) 941-8930 TTY: 1-800-465-7735 Website: Email: ...Family Violence Initiative continued continued... Photo credit: Katherine Dimock-Lavoie