Family Violence Initiative

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

HISTORICAL LEGACY

Healing and Renewal of Family Roles and Responsibilities

Program Name:

Appreciative Inquiry (Program for Men who use Violence)

Organization/Community:

The Department of Justice, Government of the Northwest

Location:

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Website:

www.justice.gov.nt.ca

Goals and Objectives:

To raise public awareness about the ways men choose non-violent and respectful actions instead of abusive or violent actions; and to provide a research-based foundation for the development of healing.

Target Group Description:

Northwest Territory Men of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

Program Description:

The Appreciative Inquiry (Program for Men who use Violence) research process was composed of the following components: hiring of an appreciative inquiry research team from the Centre for Response Based Approach; seeking permission from chiefs and First Nation band councils, in 12 NWT communities, to approach community men who might be willing to be interviewed for the video; locating, interviewing and filming men in 12 NWT communities; asking the men to speak about how they overcame the use of violence in their own lives and asking them to offer advice to other men who wish to leave violence behind them; distributing the resulting video, "Non-Violence, A Strength-Based Community Inquiry", throughout the NWT; and producing a 20 week healing program pilot project, "A Program for Men Who Use Abuse in their Intimate Relationships".

Program Successes/Impact:

The program research process has given NWT men an opportunity to tell their own story of recovery from the use of violence.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

N/A

Program in operation since:

2011.

Program:

Ceased Operation.

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