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The Voices Initiative

The Voices Initiative was a project committed to understanding the specificity of violence against women in rural, remote areas.

voices initiative logoThis research project was a collaboration of community members who came together in Caledon and Dufferin to give voice and take action to the issue of violence against women.

One of the main goals was to develop a community plan and model to prevent and respond to violence against women, and to create a proactive prevention model to be used in the community. 

The Voices Initiative Blog was a component of the project, created to provide highlights of work the project produced. 

Our Objectives

This project engaged in research, dialogue and community development activities to:

  • Address the range of institutional barriers and other factors that limit community efforts on the issue of violence against women and girls, including sexual assault, in rural communities and small urban centres.
  • Build partnerships and collaborations between community stakeholders to identify and respond to the specific needs of women and girls.

Project Partners

Primary Partners

  • Family Transition Place
  • Social Innovation Research Group, Lyle S Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

Secondary Partners

The project was supported by funding from Status of Women Canada.

Contact Us:

Ginette Lafrenière, Director (SIRG), Associate Dean (MSW Programs)

E: glafreniere@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5237
Office Location: FSW 310

Rachel Yavnai, Research & Community Project Coordinator

E: ryavnai@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5280
Office Location: FSW 206A