Family Violence Initiative

The Family Violence Initiative has been the federal government's main collaborative forum for addressing family violence since 1988. The Family Violence Initiative brings together 12 partner departments and agencies to prevent and respond to family violence.

The following federal departments and agencies are partners of the Public Health Agency of Canada in the Family Violence Initiative:

  • Justice Canada
  • Statistics Canada
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Department of National Defence
  • Women and Gender Equality Canada
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The objectives of this initiative are to:

  • promote public awareness of the risk factors of family violence and the need for public involvement
  • strengthen the ability of the criminal justice, social services, health, and housing systems to respond to the problem
  • support data collection, research and evaluation efforts to identify effective interventions

Family Violence Initiative activities include:

  • supporting shelter development and improvement
  • enhancing the criminal justice response to family violence
  • tracking the incidence and prevalence of family violence in Canada
  • providing information for awareness raising or educational purposes
  • strengthening community-based programming to better address family violence

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