In the spotlight
In October 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada hosted an international meeting on behalf of the World Health Organization to advance the goals of on the 2002 WHO World Report on Violence and Health.
In September 2017, Statistics Canada released a study on childhood physical abuse.
The World Health Organization developed new guidelines on child sexual abuse aimed at helping health workers.
The WHO released Clinical Guidelines “Responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused” aimed at helping health workers to provide quality clinical care to children and adolescents who have survived sexual abuse. The guidelines, grounded in human rights standards related to the “best interests of the child” and “evolving capacities” emphasize the need for an effective, empathetic and supportive response to children and adolescents – one that gives emphasis to their safety, choices, and autonomy.
Status of Women Canada launched a new strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence: It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence is the Government of Canada’s response to gender-based violence (GBV). It builds on current federal initiatives, coordinates existing programs and lays the foundation for greater action on GBV.
The Public Health Infobase releases a Data Blog entitled A Canadian look at the connection between childhood maltreatment and diabetes
New Data Blog released entitled A Canadian look at the connection between childhood maltreatment and diabetes.
The Violence Evidence, Guidance and Action project (projectvega.ca) releases new briefing notes on mandatory reporting of child maltreatment and trauma- and violence-informed care
The Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan Research Network (PreVAiL) releases updated research briefs on identifying and responding to Intimate Partner Violence, and Children’s Exposure Intimate Partner Violence.
PreVAiL releases updated research briefs on identifying and responding to Intimate Partner Violence, and Children’s Exposure Intimate Partner Violence.
The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016: A Focus on Family Violence in Canada
Read the CPHO’s report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016.
The Collaborating Across Systems Conference, October 18-19 in Richmond BC, will bring together policy makers and practitioners preventing and responding to domestic violence and child abuse
The Collaborating Across Systems Conference, held in Richmond BC on October 18 and 19, will bring together policy makers and practitioners preventing and responding to domestic violence and child abuse. This national conference will focus on strengthening policy and practice, programs, and service delivery models to prevent and respond to domestic violence and child abuse.
The WHO Global Plan of Action to Strengthen the Role of the Health System within a National Multisectoral Response to Address Interpersonal Violence, in particular against Women and Girls, and against Children
The World Health Assembly endorsed resolution WHA69.5 in May 2016: The Global plan of action (GPA) was developed to deliver on the WHA67.15 resolution Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children, which was adopted in May 2014, and which Canada co-sponsored. The GPA provides clear evidence based direction on what the health system can do to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, and against children through leadership, capacity building, prevention programming and improved health information and evidence on violence. The Global plan of action is linked to several other World Health Assembly resolutions, global action plans and strategies, and it builds on and links with numerous efforts across the United Nations system to address violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children. The GPA is also aligned with several of the goals and targets proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
RCMP releases Public Service Announcement featuring Jordin Tootoo addressing violence against women
The RCMP has produced a Public Service Announcement (PSA) aimed at raising awareness about a crucial Canadian issue: violence against women and girls. Featuring Inuk NHL player Jordin Tootoo, the PSA urges men and boys to be part of the solution and stop the generational cycle of violence.
The Learning Network publishes The Link between Boys' Victimization and Adult Perpetration of Intimate Partner Violence
This paper identifies associations between childhood maltreatment and adult perpetration of intimate partner violence, and describes evidence-based interventions for prevention.
Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) releases Spring 2016 Progress Report – March 2016
Read PreVAiL's Spring 2016 progress report, highlighting their achievements in developing research capacity, advancing knowledge, and knowledge sharing in family violence research.
Statistics Canada releases Child abuse and physical health in adulthood - March 2016
Statistics Canada's Child abuse and physical health in adulthood assesses associations between several types of child abuse and negative physical health outcomes in a nationally representative sample of Canadian adults.
Statistics Canada releases >Family Violence in Canada: A Statistical Profile - January 2016
Results from the 2014 General Social Survey on victimization show that of the 19.2 million Canadians in the provinces who had a current or former spouse or common law partner, about 4% (760,000 individuals) reported having been physically and/or sexually abused by their partner during the preceding five years.
Pan American Health Organization Strategy and Plan of Action on Strengthening the Health System to Address Violence against Women
In October 2015, Ministers of health from 38 Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) unanimously approved the 2015-2025 Strategy and Plan of Action on Strengthening the Health System to Address Violence against Women. The plan of action takes a public health approach to the problem of violence against women and offers a roadmap for ways in which health systems can join a multi-sectoral effort to prevent and respond to such violence in the Americas.
Get more information on PAHO action to address violence.
Get more information on the Strategy and Plan of Action.
Statistics Canada releases Homicide in Canada, 2014 and Criminal Victimization in Canada, 2014 - November 2015
Criminal victimization in Canada, 2014 presents the first results from the 2014 General Social Survey on Victimization. The analysis provides insight on the nature and extent of criminal victimization in the 10 provinces. The report also examines the factors associated with the risk of being the victim of a crime, the consequences of victimization, and the reporting of incidents to police.
Homicide in Canada, 2014 uses data from the 2014 Homicide Survey to report on the short and long term trends in homicide at the national, provincial/territorial and census metropolitan area levels.
RCMP Releases Family Violence Public Service Announcement Featuring Shania Twain
The RCMP releases a Family Violence Public Service Announcement featuring Shania Twain.
World Health Organization launches the Global Status Report on Violence Prevention
The Global Status Report on Violence Prevention 2014 , which reflects data from 133 countries (including Canada), is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse.
The report was jointly published by the WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
Canada co-hosts a panel discussion on Addressing violence against women: From evidence to action at the Pan-American Health Organization Directing Council
Canada co-hosted a panel discussion with Brazil and El-Salvador on 'Addressing violence against women: From evidence to action'. The discussion took place on September 29, 2014 as a side event at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Directing Council. Canada gave a presentation entitled 'Public health guidance on family violence in Canada: Equipping health professionals with information and tools to more safely and effectively support women and children victimized by violence'.
Government of Canada releases Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls
On September 15, 2014, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, released the Government of Canada's Action Plan to Address Family Violence and Violent Crimes Against Aboriginal Women and Girls. The five-year Action Plan outlines concrete actions to prevent violence, support Aboriginal victims, and protect Aboriginal women and girls from violence. Together with other federal support for shelters, family violence prevention, and increasing economic and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal women, it will result in an investment by the Government of Canada of nearly $200 million over five years, starting in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.
Canada co-sponsors a World Health Assembly resolution on "Strengthening the Health Sector Response to Violence, particularly against Women and Girls"
The sixty-seventh World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva in May 2014. Canada co-sponsored a resolution on "Strengthening the Health Sector Response to Violence, particularly against Women and Girls" and supported its adoption at the World Health Assembly. The resolution commits Member States to work to strengthen the role of the health system in addressing violence. The World Health Organization will develop a global plan of action to strengthen the role of national health systems within a multi-sectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children.
Snapshot of Family Violence in Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada has released a new infographic on the prevalence, rates and health impacts of family violence in Canada. A Snapshot of Family Violence in Canada provides you with a quick overview and can be shared and printed for a wide range of audiences.
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