Family Violence Initiative

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

INTERACTIONS WITHIN COMMUNITIES

Healthy Relationships: Women

Program Name:

Aboriginal Healing and Outreach Program

Organization/Community:

Native Women's Centre

Location:

Hamilton, Ontario

Website:

www.nativewomenscentre.com

Goals and Objectives:

To prevent homelessness and provide for the health and safety of women, seniors and children in the Hamilton area.

Target Group Description:

Women, Seniors, and Children.

Program Description:

The program takes a holistic approach to health issues which seek to support the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of clients and include finding and securing treatment of concurrent disorders, trauma, addictions and mental health. It supports the Aboriginal community's capacity for homelessness planning, partnership development and service delivery. It also supports the development, implementation and evaluation of a coordinated youth service delivery initiative. There is a strong cultural component which provides all clients with access to traditional ceremonies and Elders counselling services.

Program Successes/Impact:

Being able to help women reintegrate into society upon release from correctional institutions, reducing violence and increasing community safety.

Key Lesson/Challenge:

Obtaining funding.

Program in operation since:

2008.

Program:

Ongoing.

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