The Golden Women’s Resource Centre has decided to take steps to end violence in relationships, and is creating the Community Coordination for Safety in Relationships Project (CCSR).
“The project is in response to the issue of violence in relationships… It affects women of all ages, including youth,” said Sarah Wegelin, project co-ordinator.
The project, funded by Status of Women Canada (SWC), will address the reality of violence in Golden.
“Community members are often shocked to find out that domestic violence is an issue in our community,” said Wegelin.
Between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012, the Women’s Centre’s Safe Home Program services were accessed 822 times, the Safe Home shelter was used 146 nights, and the Outreach services were accessed 328 times.
The objective of the CCSR project is to work together with women and community partners to develop and implement a community plan that will reduce the rates of violence against women and girls in the community.
The first major step in this project is to conduct a gender-based analysis, which will examine the rates of gender-based violence, and the specific needs of women and girls.
“The gender-based analysis is a really unique opportunity for us to learn about people’s perceptions and experiences,” said Linley McLean, executive director of the Golden Women’s Resource Centre.
“We don’t want to make any assumptions when developing our community plan. We want to understand what people think is happening and what people’s real experiences are.”
An online survey has already been set up, and the centre is asking as many people as possible (men, women and children) to fill it out. The answers to the survey itself will be anonymous, but if you leave you name and number (separate from the survey), you are eligible to win a $100 gift certificate to Sobey’s.
Please fill out the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GoldenCommunitySurvey.
Once the analysis is complete, the project co-ordinators will collectively identify gaps, priorities, and opportunities, and collaborate to ensure tangible results for women and girls and a co-ordinated community response to gender-based violence in the context of local need.
The Golden Women’s Resource Centre is looking for community members to join the CCSR team. They are looking for partners who work directly with victims and offenders, and can meet once a month (every third Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m.) to help steer the project.
The project’s current community partners include the Golden Family Centre, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Ministry of Social Development, the RCMO, Victim Services, Golden Safe Homes Program, Golden Mental Health, Golden Pentecostal-Tabernacle, and Cranbrook Community Corrections.