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Family Violence Prevention

on April 4, 2012

Mandate

Resolution no. 49/2006 was signed during the 2006 Annual General Assembly on July 31, 2006. It concerned adequate consultation with First Nations on the Family Violence Prevention Program formula. There continues to be a need for increased resources to improve/build shelters and for family violence prevention.

Issue

Family Violence is a prevalent issue in First Nations communities.  We know that Aboriginal women are three times as likely to experience violence as their non-Aboriginal counterparts.   Many of those Aboriginal women are First Nations women.

Sadly, violence is an issue that affects First Nations families and communities as a whole.  This issue is not only restricted to physical violence, it also includes mental, sexual, spiritual, or emotional violence and bullying, whether it is experienced or perpetrated by a(n): Extended family member (cousin, aunt or uncle, etc.); Elder; Child; Same-sex partner; Female partner, or; other member of the community.

Within AFN Social Development, our focus has been connecting the violence prevention initiatives within and among AFN Secretariats on areas such as: Injury Prevention, Mental Wellness, Justice, Indian Residential Schools, and Social.  In addition, keeping up to date on the most recent in the area of violence prevention, violence against First Nations (and Aboriginal) women, and promising practices in violence prevention.

The AFN has supported the AFN Women’s Council in the extensive work that they have done on preventing violence towards First Nations women.  For more information on their initiatives, please see the Women’s Council portion of AFN website.

The Assembly of First Nations has provided input and analysis on policies that support the prevention of violence in First Nations communities.  More specifically, the AFN has participated in activities under the Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC).

AANDC’s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) funds programs and services to address family violence on-reserve, this funding includes:

  •     Operational funding for family crisis shelters
  •     Funding for community prevention projects
  •     Funding to the National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence (NACAFV)

The FVPP rests within the AANDC Social Policy and Programs Directorate, which also includes Child and Family Services and the Assisted Living Program.  All of the work that the Social Policy and Programs does touches the lives of communities, families and individuals directly.

For more information on this program, visit: http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/hb/sp/fvp-eng.asp

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