Projects to help prevent teen and youth dating violence and child maltreatment


On December 3, 2018, Minister Petitpas Taylor announced the Government of Canada's support for three initiatives to help end gender-based violence. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investing more than $6.5 million as part of its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program, which supports Canada's Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.

As part of the Strategy, PHAC will be investing more than $40 million over five years, and more than $9 million per year ongoing, to prevent gender-based violence. This includes investing more than $6.5 million in the three projects announced today to support the delivery and testing of programs that prevent child maltreatment and teen and youth dating violence, as well as equip health professionals to respond to gender-based violence. These initiatives will help to prevent gender-based violence from a health perspective:

  1. Promoting Healthy Families: A Canadian Evaluation of Triple P

    This project will be led by McMaster University. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is a public health intervention developed in the 1980s that is designed to reduce behavioural and emotional problems in children, and improve parenting practices by increasing parents' knowledge, skills and confidence. Baby Triple P is an adapted version of Triple P that is delivered postnatally throughout the first 12 months of a child's life, and is designed to promote healthy infant development, reduce family risk factors and improve parental mental health.

    This project will address gaps in the availability of evidence about the effectiveness of Triple P and Baby Triple P in Canada, focusing specifically on the development of healthy family relationships and the prevention of child maltreatment. PHAC is contributing $3,447,049 over five years to support this project.

  2. Preventing Youth Dating Violence: Building Capacity for Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Canada

    The Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) is an independent voice for public health in Canada with links to national and international communities.

    This project is being led by the CPHA, in collaboration with the Centre for Sexuality, and will adapt, deliver and evaluate an existing comprehensive sexuality education curriculum that has shown promise for preventing youth dating violence in school and community settings. The project will increase youth's understanding of issues related to healthy relationships, gender equity and consent. It will also contribute to the development of the skills they need for healthy sexual and social relationships that are free of violence. PHAC is contributing $999,118 over five years to support this project.

  3. Building, Growing and Leveraging a Community of Practice to Address Teen/Youth Dating Violence in Canada

    Created by Dr. Debra Pepler of York University and Dr. Wendy Craig of Queen's University, PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network) is a network of 130 leading Canadian research scientists and 62 national youth-serving organizations. PREVNet works to foster healthy relationships among children and youth by enhancing awareness, building research capacity and promoting evidence-based programs and effective policies across Canada.

    Led by PREVNet at Queen's University, this project will facilitate a community of practice to enhance collaboration and consolidate learning from across the various teen dating violence prevention projects that PHAC is funding as part of its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program. This new community of practice will leverage expertise from a diverse group of stakeholders to maximize the overall impact of investments by PHAC to end gender-based violence. PHAC is contributing $2,198,158 over five years to support this project.

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