Family Violence Initiative

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

ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES

Healing and Reintegration of Offenders

Program Name:

Alternatives To Violence

Organization/Community:

Baffin Correction Centre

Location:

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Website:

N/A

Goals and Objectives:

To assist inmates in the correctional institution to manage their anger in more positive and socially acceptable ways.

Target Group Description:

Incarcerated offenders – Male.

Program Description:

The program is a multi-faceted intervention consisting of a number of separate program modules that address issues related to violence, grief and loss, alcohol and substance abuse, and sex offending. It is a cognitive behaviour therapeutic approach that takes place in a group setting. Successful completion of the program may lead to release to a halfway house or to transitional placement. The program integrates Inuit culture by utilizing Inuit delivery staff, healing therapy and cultural reference.

Program Successes/Impact:

Inmates succeeding at changing their behaviours and becoming able to channel their anger in positive ways.

Key Lessons/Challenges:

The course is taught only in English. Limited space for the number of inmates participating in program.

Program in operation since:

1999.

Program:

Ongoing.

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