Sexual Violence Support Services Community Consultations and Networking Project

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Survivor’s Hope is pleased to announce the launch of a new project! Thanks to funding made available in part by the Federal Department of Justice, we are able to undertake a community networking and training project that will directly address the needs of communities and service providers in north eastern Manitoba.

The project will help us to identify the barriers to service provision and gaps in service provision that currently exist for victims of sexual violence in our region.  Sexual assault crisis intervention services exist in the region and can be accessed through local RCMP detachments and the regional hospital ER’s.  Victims cannot access the sexual assault crisis support services directly; policing and health systems have been identified as barriers to support services. This project will increase access points for victims of sexual violence by strengthening networks between local service providers and equipping those service providers with best practices training. This will include all the services people depend on when recovering from sexual violence, which can include a range of services such as health care, private therapy, job preparation, access to online resources, transportation, and many more.

Goals

The project goals are:

  • Identify existing barriers to services and gaps in services required to move forward after sexual violence.
  • Develop strategies to eliminate barriers and address gaps
  • Identify key programs, projects, and partnerships that can be enhanced with specific protocols to eliminate gaps between services and barriers to service.
  • Enhance the community’s (both service providers and the general population) awareness of sexual violence prevention and recovery through training modules, best practice guidelines, and media campaigns.

 Activities

The project will operate through an office in the rural and northern community of Powerview-Pine Falls, MB. Project activities will include the following:

  • Conduct community consultations with those residing in rural north eastern Manitoba. This will include community members, service providers, and primary and secondary victims of sexual violence.
  • Compile a resource guide for victims of sexual violence living in rural north eastern Manitoba.
  • Create training modules (best practices, awareness, protocol, trauma informed care) for service providers in rural and remote communities.
  • Information sharing through media campaigns conducted as part of the community consultations.
  • Create a strong network of local agencies and protocols to ensure that no one in need of service is left to fall between the gaps in organizational mandates.

Anticipated Results

The community consultations and information sharing project will impact and involve numerous groups in the community and surrounding area:

  • Primary and secondary victims of sexual violence will be an essential source of information regarding the services required in the region. Victims will benefit from being able to access service providers that will receive training as a result of this project, along with the resource guides that will be produced.
  • Collateral agencies and service providers  will receive training regarding best practices for victims of sexual violence as they participate in activities related to the community consultations; these service providers will benefit from research into the barriers to service that may currently exist for victims.

Community groups and individuals will benefit from media campaigns conducted as part of the community consultations.  Benefits will include raising awareness about information and education pertaining to recovery from sexual violence, building healthy relationships, and access to justice services.

You can participate!

You can join us in the project by making your voice heard! Let us know what you think about the services that already exist and new ones that are needed in north eastern Manitoba. You can complete one or more of the following surveys and answer the questions from the perspective of a service provider, community member or survivor of sexual violence. All of those perspectives are integral to getting a comprehensive understanding of what we need to provide in the region.

Survivor survey

Community Member survey

Service Provider survey