Government of Canada supports initiatives to prevent and address family violence in Quebec

The projects will support families who have experienced, are experiencing, or are at risk of violence.

MONTREAL, November 28, 2022 /CNW/ – Family violence and gender violence are serious public health problems that are related to mental health problems and that can have lasting consequences for survivors and those around them. These issues touch families all over the world. Canadaand include many different forms of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse and neglect by family members or intimate partners. Canada is committed to supporting all survivors of family and gender-based violence, and to safeguarding the health and safety of those at risk of experiencing it.

Today, as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, Élisabeth Brière, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister for Health, on behalf of the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister for Mental Health and Addictions and Minister Health Associate, announced more than $4.5 million funding over four years to support five Quebecinitiatives that aim to support the mental and physical well-being of people who are experiencing, or may be at risk of, family and gender-based violence.

This funding comes at a critical time as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact children and families at risk of violence due to disruption of services and additional emotional stressors affecting caregivers, such as stress of parents, depression and substance use.

Today’s investment is an important step in the right direction and will help generate evidence on how health promotion interventions and supports work in Canadian communities. We will continue to work to prevent family and gender-based violence, support survivors, and break the cycle of violence in families and communities from coast to coast.


“Everyone deserves to live safe and free from family violence, but for many people in CanadaThat’s not your reality. The financing announced today in Montreal It will be instrumental in helping children, young people, families and caregivers who have experienced or are at risk of family and gender-based violence to find the support they need to build their self-esteem and achieve security and stability in their lives. This investment is an important step forward, but we know we have more to do. Our government will continue to take action against family and gender-based violence and to build a future where all people are treated with dignity and respect.”

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The Honorable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Deputy Minister of Health

“I have seen firsthand, in the eyes of women and children, the immediate and long-term impact that domestic and gender-based violence has on the physical and mental health of survivors, as well as its lasting consequences for families, individuals , communities and society as a whole Funded programs and resources will provide parents and community professionals with access to tools and training aimed at helping support families and prevent domestic violence We believe that providing the knowledge and skills appropriate measures is essential to address this serious problem and take action against family and gender violence.”

Isabella Briere
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Deputy Minister of Health

“Through the Lantern program, Marie-Vincent affirms her expertise in preventing sexual violence against youth. Sexual violence too often stems from gender inequality. We realize that by providing tools to youth already the adults in their lives, we are training ambassadors capable of identifying risk situations, as well as trusted adults to turn to. Canada The financial support will allow us to adapt the Flashlight program for children from 6 to 12 years old, which contributes to our dream of building a protective community free of sexual violence against youth”.

Stephanie Gareau
Director, Marie-Vincent

“Pregnancy is a specific window of vulnerability for women who have experienced childhood trauma and for the intergenerational transmission of the impacts of that trauma. The STEP program is one of the few trauma-focused interventions offered during pregnancy and “Therefore, it has enormous potential for prevention. Thanks to this funding, pregnant women who have experienced trauma will have the opportunity to gain perspective on their past and become the mothers they want to be.”

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Nicholas Berthelot
Professor at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières and director of the STEP project

“Stakeholders from various backgrounds, including families themselves, saw a need to better support parents who had recently arrived in Quebec. The Espace Parents Initiative is a joint response to this need. Its goal is to promote parenting skills to support the optimal development of children. Intervention research will allow us to learn from what works well with this approach, improve it, and then disseminate it so that parents can thrive in their role despite the challenges associated with the immigration context.”

Sarah DufourDoctor.
Professor, School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal

“The University of Quebec at chicoutimi (UQAC) is proud to be able to draw on the expertise of Professor Dion and her team to carry out this important research project for indigenous youth and their families. With financial support from the Public Health Agency of Canada, this project will provide tools to help parents implement practices to prevent sexual violence, promote healthy relationships, and provide sex education to better protect children. This project is part of the desire of our institution to carry out research projects that have been developed in conjunction with indigenous communities, and we are sure that it will produce direct and concrete results”.

Mohamed Bouazara
Vice Chancellor, Research, Creation and Innovation, University of Quebec at chicoutimi

“Our Art et Contes The program has already shown that artistic creation and story exploration have a positive influence on children’s well-being. With funding from the Public Health Agency of CanadaWe are now going to implement and evaluate a series of community-based creative arts activities with immigrant families living in Montréal Neighborhood Park Extension. The objective of this new project is to reduce parental stress and improve family dynamics to prevent violence in families and eventually, thanks to funding, disseminate our knowledge with a view to expanding access and implementation of our activities to various communities. In need.”

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samantha petrella
Coordinator, Art et Contes, Parks Extension Youth Organization (PEYO)

Fast facts

  • One third of Canadian adults report having experienced abuse as children.

  • Family violence affects future relationships and future generations: Children who have been abused, neglected or exposed to intimate partner violence are at risk of experiencing or committing violence as adults.

  • the COVID and Mental Health Survey indicates that risk factors for child abuse and family violence have increased. Risk factors include depression, parental stress, and alcohol use. Additionally, 5 percent of Canadians reported concerns about violence in their homes during the third wave of the pandemic, between February and May 2021.

  • The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence begin November 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, until December 10, Human Rights Day. It provides an opportunity for everyone in Canada come together to speak out against abuse, speak up with those affected, and renew our commitment to end gender-based violence.

related links

Background: Family and Gender Violence Projects
Stop Family Violence
Call for proposals: Prevention and care of family violence: the health perspective

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada



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