Family Violence Initiative

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

INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES

Changing Community Attitudes toward Violence

Program Name:

Akwesasne Family Wellness Program

Organization/Community:

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Location:

Akwesasne Territory, Ontario

Website:

www.akwesasne.ca

Goals and Objectives:

To educate women on domestic violence, how to build and sustain healthy relationships and lifestyles and how to deal constructively with mental health issues.

Target Group Description:

Men, Women, Children, Youth.

Program Description:

The program works toward prevention and awareness of domestic violence in the community by holding conferences open to all, creating a large billboard with Mohawk police drawing awareness to violence in the community. Staff go into community schools and speak to children about violence in homes and inform the children what they can do (i.e. the creation and understanding of safety plans). Brochures are given to police officers to offer to victims to encourage them to come to the shelter for help. First and second stage shelter programs are available to women. Batterers' programs are available for men. The affiliated Partner Assault Response program helps men and women who perpetrate violence against their partners to change their behaviours into more positive and healthy life choices.

Program Successes/Impact:

Increase in awareness and understanding regarding these issues. Increased community and organizational support.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

The access to drugs and guns in the community. Obtaining funding.

Program in operation since:

1993.

Program:

Ongoing.

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