Component: Violence Against Women

Service objectives

To support community coordination activities to improve community responses to the needs of survivors of abuse by strengthening linkages and networks among existing community agencies/service providers and enhancing inter-agency cooperation, collaboration, coordination, and integration.

Service description

Program goals

  • Strengthening partnerships and community linkages (networking, enhanced collaboration, information sharing among local service systems to improve accessibility and quality of services)
  • Carrying out prevention, education and training to help raise awareness of the issue of violence against women, the resources/services available in the community, and enhancing the service system knowledge base
  • Promoting innovation and involvement of multiple partners in planning and delivery with the goal of increasing accessibility and quality of services
  • Identifying and developing plans to reduce service gaps
  • Build organizational and system capacity, enhance capabilities, and strengthen operations in the Violence Against Women system

Ministry expectations

  • Members of the Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees (VAWCC) should include representation from the VAW sector (i.e., emergency shelter, counselling and family services, survivors of violence). VAWCC are strongly encouraged to seek representation from other sectors, included but not limited to
    • Justice (e.g., police, crown attorneys, judges)
    • Victim Services
    • Health
    • Child welfare
    • Housing
    • Indigenous services
    • French language services
    • Settlement/immigration services
    • Service system leads for refugees; and
    • Other social service systems
  • To promote an integrated service delivery system that is responsive to survivors, VAWCC’s are expected to be representative of their community and include stakeholders from diverse populations such as Indigenous and Francophone communities
  • VAWCC’s are encouraged to share with MCCSS any of their activities/initiatives that may include: promotional/education materials, training curriculum, inter agency protocols, and research
  • Project funding should be used to fund domestic/sexual violence related projects that aim to improve community responses to the needs of survivors by strengthening linkages and networks among existing community agencies/service providers

Reporting requirements

The following service data will be reported on at an Interim and Final stage. Please refer to your final agreement for report back due dates and targets.

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Coordinating Committees: Ministry-funded Agency Expenditures

Total ministry-funded expenses for the Transfer Payment Recipient to administer and/or deliver this program in the reporting year (cumulative).