Note: Whitehorse RCMP is a signatory to Together for Safety.
Since the Together for Safety Protocol was signed in May of 2015, the signatories have met every few months to discuss a number of priority issues and initiatives.
In July 2015, the signatories worked with a consultant to create a Together for Safety Implementation Plan. The implementation plan was used to apply for funding. Yukon Women's Transition Home Society – Kaushee's Place and Betty's Haven received funding from Justice Canada to carry out the following objectives from September 2016 to September 2017:
- External and Internal Communications
- Video series for victims of violence
- Monitoring and Evaluation of the project
Highlights from the past year:
Internal Communications: Each signatory agency worked to ensure that the staff were aware of and knowledgeable about Together for Safety, and this was measured through a pre and post project survey. The surveys showed that although many staff of the signatory agencies were aware of Together for Safety, some were not. Based on these findings, the signatories have decided to continue internal communications especially to new staff and look at other means of informing staff about Together for Safety initiatives like newsletters and meeting summaries. Respondents also called for programming for young men in schools, and men who've used violence that aren't in the Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court.
Videos: The Together for Safety video series have been posted on Yukon Women's Transition Home Society's website, the Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre, Yukon RCMP, and Les Essentielles facebook pages. All three videos have been watched hundreds of times.
Training: 108 participants attended the training sessions offered to Together for Safety organizations. Continuing to offer training on responding to women who have experienced violence and people with mental health issues were themes in the post project survey. Together for Safety will continue to explore different models for offering enhanced training opportunities to the signatory organizations.
Research: For the research component of the project, Vector Research looked at alternative justice options for women who experience violence. Programs like Safe at Home in Australia, personal injury lawyers for victims of violence in Sweden, and the Philadelphia model in the United States were explored.
Together for Safety also collected statistics from organizations. Of eight organizations that provided their statistics on violence against women and girls between April 2015 and March 2016 in Whitehorse, there were 1176 cases of domestic violence and 264 of sexualized assault. Of 120 police reported cases of sexualized assault, 32 accessed health related services at either Whitehorse General Hospital, Kwanlin Dun Health Centre or the Yukon Sexual Health Clinic. Many agencies don't collect statistics on violence against women and girls. Collecting consistent information would allow for a better understanding of the extent of violence against women in Whitehorse.
Next steps: Going forward, Together for Safety will continue to meet quarterly and incorporate feedback from the surveys into future initiatives. The women's groups are exploring other funding options to continue building on the initiatives from the last year.
Further details on all activities from the past year are included in Together for Safety's first annual report.
Together for Safety aims to bolster the dignity of women who are victims of crime by encouraging compassionate responses — from RCMP officers, the media and the general public. From compassion comes dignity; from dignity, strength; from strength, hope.
The signatories to Together for Safety include: Whitehorse RCMP, Whitehorse Aboriginal Women's Circle, Yukon Women's Transition Home Society, Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre, Public Service Alliance Aboriginal People's Committee and Regional Women's Committee, Yukon Status of Women Council, and Les Essentielles.
For more information, please visit www.yukontransitionhome.ca.