Strangulation Identification Action Committee

SIAC was formed in 2016 to address gaps in community knowledge, services and supports for victims of domestic violence and strangulation.

Primary Goals and Strategies:

1. Increase victim safety

  • Through consistent strangulation identification and response.
  • Through victim awareness of risks, individual safety plans and supports.

2. Increase offender accountability

  • Through improved investigation and evidence gathering, use of appropriate criminal charges, prosecution, and programming.

3. Raise awareness and educate 

  • The community stakeholders and those working with victims on the prevalence of strangulation in domestic violence and the risks associated with strangulation.

4. Advocate to effect formal systems change

  • To develop local and provincial policies and standard data collection
  • To support create a consistent community response to strangulation identification

5. Build a Community of Practice by fostering interagency and cross-discipline connections and partnerships

This will be accomplished in phases:

Phase 1 Community Engagement

  • Identify key stakeholder groups and create an engagement plan to discuss the negative physical and psychological impacts of strangulation on the victim and the alignment of SIAC to their programs and services
  • Implement an outreach strategy to create awareness of the work of SIAC and foster buy-in for a coordinated community response to strangulation.
  • Begin to build a Community of Practice of supporting organizations
  • Undertake data collection as it relates to Domestic Violence and Strangulation

Phase 2 Specialized Training

  • Secure funding to train committee members and key community stakeholders
  • Train SIAC members and key stakeholders through the Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention by The Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (TISP).
    • The TISP model is to train multidisciplinary community teams in all aspects of strangulation prevention including current research, medical assessment, and recommendations, criminal investigations, community education and engagement, etc. and then have the team development goals and strategies to meet the needs specific to their community.

Phase 3 Building Edmonton’s Response

  • Goal setting and strategizing to further develop the Edmonton response
  • Continue to build a Community of Practice of supporting organizations
  • Designing of an evaluation framework
  • Develop more local experts through training of community advocates including police, medical personnel, children’s services workers, social workers, corrections, etc.
    • This training could be either targeted to specific groups and their needs (policing, medical/nursing, shelters, community programs, etc.) or a more general training such as the one already offered in our community.
    • The training could be led by community experts or by bringing TISP faculty to Edmonton for a one-day training
  • Developing materials and marketing tools (brochures, posters) to support community education: victims, family members, media (journalists, TV, electronic news, etc.), and the community at large
  • Develop tools and programming to support
    • addressing the physical and psychological injuries experienced by victims and children exposed to DV and strangulation
    • response and programming for offenders.
  • Develop standardized data collection on the prevalence of strangulation to inform our community response.
  • Advocate for systems changes that supports the consistent identification and response to strangulation in relation to domestic violence.
  • Establish Edmonton as a centre for excellence in Strangulation Prevention

Phase 4 Advocate for Formal Systems Change

  • Establish Edmonton as a centre for excellence in Strangulation Prevention
  • Secure funding for the recruitment of a SIAC coordinator and to run a one year pilot
  • Advocate for and support efforts that promote systems (i.e a specific offence for strangulation and national data collection) to advance the consistent identification and response to strangulation in relation to domestic violence within Edmonton, within the Region and Nationally.

PEAR Committee

Purpose

The overall purpose of the Public Education Awareness Raising (PEAR) Advisory Committee is to guide the goals of the PEAR Vision and Mission.

Vision

Raise the profile of family violence as a community issue that affects us all. We will do this through coordinated public education and awareness-raising campaigns. We will educate service providers and the public about this issue in hopes of ending family violence.

Mission

PEAR will support the creation of a collaborative, coordinated, diverse, community response to family violence education and awareness-raising, strengthening our community’s capacity to take action against family violence.

Objectives

Build the service provider and the public’s capacities for responding to and preventing family violence.

  1. Develop and deliver opportunities for program development that better serve the needs of the public. What are the training needs, who can provide the training, and how can PEAR connect people who need training with experts.
  2. Coordinate and support populations and messaging for a coordinated public awareness strategy.  What messages need to be shared, who needs to hear it, who can help distribute, and how can PEAR coordinate awareness campaigns.

Activities

Develop and promote public education and awareness-raising training, trainers and public awareness campaigns for greater community awareness of the importance of family violence prevention and services for those impacted by family violence.

Education

Coordinate and organize family violence training to outside agencies and stakeholders and deliver educational opportunities for Edmonton and area stakeholders.

Awareness Raising

Assist with the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including but not limited to: brochures, annual reports, the CIAFV interactive service map, and e-newsletters. Lead, coordinate and participate in public awareness initiatives.

If this committee sounds like something you would like to be a part of please contact nathan@ciafv.com

Community Advocates Project Team

History 

  • Is a partnership between CIAFV and the City of Edmonton which began in 2008
  • Participants meet one evening a month at a central City of Edmonton site, and free childcare can be arranged
  • All participants have been impacted by violence at some point in their lives
  • There are 8 women who attend regularly
  • The chair of the meeting is a City of Edmonton staff member

Accomplishments

  • Public Speaking training with Wendy Doughty of Emerging Directions. The training also included the development of their own stories. 
  • Advocates also participated in the Community Actions Against Family Violence Group (Phase III)  facilitated by the City of Edmonton.  The Community Advocates brought their expertise in the area of lived experience in supporting those participating in the group and also supporting those community members learning about family violence.
  • Completion of video filming, “Freedom to Be Who We Are… A Future without Family Violence”. The video is used as part of training professionals on understanding family violence.  Contact CIAFV if you would like to purchase a copy. 
  • Created images in relation to positive change and developed posters from those images that were displayed at the Diverse Voices Conference and Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute Day.

The Moving Forward Book

Community Advocates produced and wrote a book with their own stories and pictures.  The goal of the book is to provide hope for those who have experienced family violence  – to know that they can rebuild positive change and have strength in the face of adversity.  Learn more about the book here!

Goals of the Project Team

  • To raise awareness of the effects of family violence
  • To consult on and participate in CIAFV activities
  • To be part of the “real voice” for family violence prevention in Edmonton and area

They welcome new members. If you are interested in learning more please contact them at nathan@ciafv.com