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NCJ Number: 228977 Find in a Library
Title: Community Collaboratives as a Strategy to Engage Regional Government in the Prevention of Violence Against Women
Journal: Revue de l' IPC Review  Volume:3  Dated:March 2009  Pages:159-177
Author(s): Julie Pehar; Christine Sevigny
Date Published: March 2009
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article describes the emergence and attempts to influence the practices of the Regional Government toward the prevention of violence against women in Peel Region, Ontario, Canada.
Abstract: Findings show that the prevention of violence against women remains on the margins for most local and regional governments. The private nature of woman abuse and sexual violence, and the tendency to blame victims rather than those perpetrating the violence are a significant part of the problem. In response, there has been an attempt to influence local policies and practices, and more specifically, to try to assure gender mainstreaming in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of municipal or regional programs and services. One approach is the emergence of community collaboratives, such as Peel Committee Against Woman Abuse (PCAWA) and Peel Committee on Sexual Assault (PCSA) that bring together agencies and advocates active in the area of violence against women. It is paramount that community collaboratives and their respective memberships work together to develop a shared vision to ensure successful community partnerships, and project successes and credible relationships with funders. The evolution of solid partnerships between local/regional government and community service agencies serves to sustain the collective work of the regional government and the collaboratives. Discussions focused on successes and challenges are detailed, as well as recommendations provided for improving the efficacy and the sustainability of community collaboratives. References
Main Term(s): Female victims; Research uses in policymaking
Index Term(s): Abused women; Community action programs; Domestic violence causes; Victim/Witness Advocates; Victims of violent crime; Violence Against Women Act
Note: For related articles in this issue see NCJ-228972-76 and NCJ-228978
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