Family Violence Initiative

COMPENDIUM OF PROMISING PRACTICES TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND INCREASE SAFETY OF ABORIGINAL WOMEN IN CANADA

INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES

Family Violence Interventions

Program Name:

Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society

Organization/Community:

Awo Taan Healing Lodge Society

Location:

Calgary, Alberta

Website:

www.awotaan.org

Goals and Objectives:

To provide services to women and family members from all cultures who have experienced family violence in a uniquely Aboriginal atmosphere.

Target Group Description:

Women

Program Description:

The program serves as a 24 hour crisis shelter providing counselling, support services, referrals and education in family violence prevention and safety. It also provides cultural support to clients in the form of Elders counselling, cultural awareness workshops, traditional teachings and referrals to Elders and Aboriginal services. Child support is made available by means of counselling, healing circles/storytelling, play sessions and safety lessons. In addition to this, a Parent Link program is offered that provides in-home support by two certified facilitators. There is also an outreach element that focuses on building healthy support structures, and developing peer support.

Program Successes/Impact:

The program has saved numerous lives and kept women and children safe. Developed an Aboriginal Framework for Healing and Wellness that is widely used.

Key Lessons / Challenges:

The challenge of operating based on yearly funding renewals.

Program in operation since:

1993.

Program:

Ongoing.

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