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Cornwall's Domestic Violence Initiative

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Transcript of Cornwall's Domestic Violence Initiative

Paths to Change;
Cornwall's Domestic Violence Initiative

Offender Focused
Situation Table Model
What's the Plan?
We created a 7 point plan to address Domestic Violence in the city of Cornwall
Partnerships
Group goals were set and discussions of what this project would look like were conducted.
Once a model was agreed upon we were ready to move forward.
A memorandum of understanding was created to ensure that each partner agency understood the expectations of the initiative.
A plan was created.



What'sNext?
Funding
We are currently looking for a means of funding this initiative.

Pilot Program -
Moving forward without funding (for now)

Funding
We have currently recieved funding for this Pilot Project through the Proceeds of Crime grant (MCSCS).
Why?
In 2013, the Cornwall Community Polices Services responded to 956 (2.61/day) Domestic Violence calls. In a city with a population of 46,340 (2006), of those 956, criminal charges were laid in 259 cases.
Offender Based Initiative
to address Domestic Violence.
Cornwall, Ontario

Who are the Partners?

Police
Counseling
Services
Children's Aid Society of S.D. & G.
Social Development Council
In 71.5% of calls police had responded previously to domestic occurrences involving the victim and the same partner or the victim and a previous partner.

This figure is significant because it suggests that the initial response by police has little impact in breaking the cycle of domestic violence in Cornwall.
It became clear that a collaborative effort is the best means to move forward
Community Mobilization Meetings - Situation Table/HUB
Assessment Team - Primary Contact Team

Intensive Case Management
Healthy and Safe Relationship Program
Community Training
Program Evaluation
Meeting between partner agencies to discuss:
Potential clients,
Client files participating in the program
Create an 'intervention plan' for each client
Maximize partner agency resources for each individual client.
As the program continues, these hub meetings will also include updates on existing clients.
Meetings will also include aspects of community policy and social development.

Ours will be by-weekly meetings.
HUB Meetings/Situation Tables
Repeat steps if necessary
Meeting between partner agencies to discuss:

Potential clients to ask to participate in the program (participation is voluntary).
To create a 'plan' for each participant.
Maximize effectiveness of partner agency resources.
Plans to maximize existing community resources for client (outside agencies).

As the program continues, these meetings will also include updates on existing clients.

These meetings will also include aspects of community policy and social development.
The Healthy and Safe Relationship program is a 12 week program offered once per year for the volunteer participants in the program.

The program is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and is similar to the existing programs for offenders of domestic violence known as the Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program with a modification of program material to acknowledge that this is an early intervention effort and participants are voluntary.
Currently, training is planned to be offered to community partners on the ethics and legislation regarding information sharing between agencies specifically, the particular needs of this program. The intend is to encourage better information sharing and referrals between community agencies.

Other training will be offered as it becomes evidently needed.

Training is directed to HUB partners and to other community agencies.
An evaluation of the program will be completed.
Success will be measured based on a statistical comparison kept by partner agencies on recidivism.

These statistics will be compared to a control group of data collected on other potential program participants but whom decided not participate.

We will conduct such an evaluation on a yearly basis.
Once a participant has voluntarily joined the program, the intensive case manager will meet with the client on a weekly basis for 6 weeks and then bi-monthly after that point.

Meetings are intended to discuss the 'intervention plan' designed at the HUB. The case manager will also offer assistance and advocacy with any barriers that the client might face with achieving the goals of their intervention plan.


The assessment team is our primary contact team consisting of a member of the community police services and a Social Worker. The team will approach community members identified in the HUB meetings and offered participation in the program. This will be the first step towards our rapid intervention plan which will later lead to preventative measures.
The struggles we have met seeking potential funding for this initiative is largely due to the requirements of funding be directed towards programs for victims of violence and not the perpetrators.

The majority of the target clients have been identified before arrests or charges are laid. Due to this, funding opportunities are limited.

However, we have recieved funding through the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services for a one year pilot of this project.
Pilot Project
We are moving forward with a pilot project version of this initiative using volunteers and in-kind donations from partnering agencies.

As we are dependent on volunteers, the intensive case management aspect of the project is limited.
QUESTIONS?



Thank You
Referrals Into the Program
Referrals come from HUB and Community agencies. Eligibility is assessed based on risk criteria; similar to the ODARA risk factors, as well as background checks by police and input from other partner and community agencies.
Child & Youth
Advocacy Centre
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