Theme: Preventing or responding to sexual violence against women and girls through access to community services
To increase the ability of sexual assault centres or community service providers (where sexual assault centres do not exist) to prevent or respond to sexual violence against women and girls by sharing and implementing promising practices.
Each project must include the following two elements:
1. Address institutional barriers
The proposal should address institutional barriers and other factors that limit the capacity of sexual assault centres or community service providers to: engage their communities in preventing sexual violence; and/or respond to the needs of women and girls who are victims of sexual violence.
2. Build collaboration
The proposal should build collaboration between sexual assault centres or community service providers (e.g. women's shelters, organizations supporting victims of violence, and organizations serving ethno-cultural communities, etc.) addressing this issue, and their community partners, to better identify promising practices and coordinate implementation efforts. For example, projects could work to foster information sharing and education of community service providers to improve service responses. By working collaboratively to identify, pilot, and integrate promising practices, sexual assault centres and their partners will strengthen their role in preventing sexual violence and improving access to support services.
|Projects at the local level||Up to $175,000||Up to 24 months|
|Projects at the national level||Up to $300,000||Up to 36 months|
Mandatory Key Activities
Engage and establish working partnerships with women's and other community organizations working in the field of violence against women and girls, community leaders, stakeholders and potential allies.
b) Needs Assessment
Carry out a needs assessment taking gender issues into consideration with respect to sexual violence and the specific needs of women and girls in your community, including consideration of statistics as well as the nature, causes, and potential solutions to the issue.
- The needs assessment requires:
- working with local women and girls, including survivors, to identify their priorities, viewpoints and potential strategies for addressing sexual violence; and
- identifying existing institutional mechanisms and supports as well as gaps (e.g., policies, services, strategies, decision-making processes, etc.).
Partner and collaborate with sexual assault centres or community service providers (where sexual assault centres do not exist) to collectively:
- develop a collaboration strategy;
- identify gaps, opportunities, resources, and potential strategies by researching and analyzing promising/proven practices on prevention, intervention, and post-incident support; and
- analyze previous initiatives/promising practices to identify successes, gaps, and lessons learned.
Work collaboratively with either local community partners and/or as part of a multi-community network to pilot a new or adapted promising practice that addresses the issue of sexual violence against women and girls.
- Coordinate community programs and services to avoid duplication, maximize resources to address gaps, and improve access to support services (e.g. improving accessibility of victim services and programs by connecting community services, or by establishing abuse prevention action committees, community response protocols or teams).
- Foster information sharing and education of community service providers to improve service responses (e.g. establishing systems in different rural and urban communities to access current and relevant information sources, coordination and sharing of initiatives).
- Work within your community and its institutions to change attitudes, behaviours, and beliefs on sexual violence (e.g. by working with organizations that do not work directly on the issue of sexual violence so that they become better able to deal with victims who come in contact with their organizations).
e) Knowledge Sharing
Ensure that the results of the project are shared with the network of partners consulted and other stakeholders.
Projects proposing the following types of activities will not be considered under this Call for Proposals:
- Delivering training to women, unless the training is to facilitate their participation in the project (e.g. facilitation skills).
- Broadly-based awareness/prevention campaigns.
- Adding new intervention programs and services.
- Providing direct access to existing services/supports.
- Supporting existing and/or ongoing activities or programs, or direct services under the jurisdiction of other levels of government.
- Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate collaboration with partners that are working to address the issue of violence against women and girls.
- Hospitals and healthcare service providers are not eligible recipients for this call.
- Where they exist, projects must align with existing provincial/local violence/sexual violence against women and girls frameworks. If this is not the case, projects must have key players at the table, so that information is shared and there is potential for uptake by others.
- Sexual assault centres or community service providers have a better understanding of common needs and promising practices that prevent or respond to sexual violence against women and girls.
- Promising practices to support sexual assault centres and other community partners have been shared and implemented in communities across Canada.
- Increased ability of sexual assault centres or community service providers to work collaboratively to prevent or respond to sexual violence of women and girls.
- Strengthened collaboration and partnerships with sexual assault centres or community service providers with communities, regions, provinces, or nation-wide to maximize opportunities and implement effective solutions.
Project Deliverables (after approval)
- Detailed work plan, results framework and performance measurement plan, risk management plan, and list of project partners, including description of their contributions.
- Interim report, needs assessment, and other project documents, as required.
- Collaboration strategy (including an annex that documents the process).
- Final report
Note: Performance reporting requirements and timelines will be determined after the proposed project has been approved.
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