Women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence have a wide variety of needs. There are, in fact, a large number of service providers who may be able to help—health care professions, social services, justice services, and community groups. Not only must key agencies develop meaningful intervention procedures and protocols that meet the needs of abused women, service providers must realize that helping women who are abused requires that they work in partnership. The following model is meant to illustrate and aid those endeavors:
In a multi-agency approach to offering assistance in cases of domestic violence, it is vital that practitioners understand the work undertaken by other service providers to ensure that any referrals they make are appropriate and respond best to the needs of their clients. At the same time, it is important to remember that only about 25% of people experiencing domestic violence will tell someone about their situation. Therefore, service providers also need to find ways to support those who currently choose not to disclose what has happened or is happening to them.
Lawyers/Judges (see also Legal Info)1
When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused, animals are at risk. This video, which is accompanied by a 64-page cross training manual, assists child protection, human service and domestic violence, and animal welfare professionals to identify, report, investigate, and treat interrelated forms of family violence. The video is a sensitive portrayal featuring a cross-disciplinary team of experts. It promotes community awareness about the connections between family violence and animal abuse. The video and manual are designed to train agency personnel, cross-train other agencies, sensitize community groups, and build coalitions. (26 minutes; Mature teens through adult; psychology, corrections)
What if someone you know is being abused? They need the abuse to stop. They need information and support to make their own decisions. Admitting to and breaking free from abuse can be very hard, even dangerous. No one should have to struggle with it alone. If you think someone you know is being abused, let them know you care and are ready to listen. Suggest they get help from someone they trust—a doctor, nurse, counselor, the police. Learn everything you can about the problem so you can give them as much information as possible. Check out the links below. Check out the rest of this site. Check out the services listed in the Hot Peach Pages. Domestic violence is everyone's business.
Stopping domestic violence is everyone's responsibility. Much has already been done, but much more is needed. Donate time, money, and other help to a shelter. Help a loved one, relative, friend, neighbour, stranger. Join an organization. Create a Web page. Learn more about domestic violence—on the Web or off it. Educate others. Confront your own violence. Write letters to the editor, write letters to your elected representatives (MPor MLA). And that's not all...
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last modified May 2013