Family Violence Initiative

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

SOCIAL CONDITIONS

Fetal Alcohol Prevention and Intervention

Program Name:

Women in Progress

Organization/Community:

Yellowknife Women's Society

Location:

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Website:

www.northernfamilies.org

Goals and Objectives:

To stop the negative historical and societal cycles that young women, particularly young Aboriginal women, are exposed to, or are presently experiencing, by learning new information, accessing services and affecting change by integrating these strategies and supports into their lives, reducing their vulnerability to violence.

Target Group Description:

Women (in their childbearing years) who struggle with addictions and mental illness.

Program Description:

The Women in Progress program is an eight-week Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) prevention living skills program for young women who struggle with addiction and mental health issues. Program topics include: communication skills, coping strategies, healthy eating/living, career planning, self esteem, personal awareness, time management and sexuality. The participation of an Aboriginal Facilitator Trainee is a critical aspect of the program. The long-term success of the program is contingent on having Aboriginal Facilitators and establishing community-based delivery venues throughout NWT communities.

Program Successes/Impact:

The program has helped clients become gainfully employed, and to become more confident and comfortable with themselves, reducing their vulnerability to violence and abuse.

Key Lessons/ Challenges:

There have been some transportation and scheduling problems. In addition, it has been recommended that the program further increase its sensitivity to the cultural identity needs of Aboriginal and Inuit women.

Program in operation since:

2010.

Program:

Ongoing.

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