Public Education Campaigns

The Centre is a leader in developing public education campaigns on violence against women in Canada.  These campaigns address issues such as domestic violence at home, in the workplace, for salon professionals, and for older persons.  Educators and the general public will find useful information within these campaigns. 

CUT IT OUT is a provincial project of the Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign that builds awareness of domestic violence and educates salon professionals on how to recognize warning signs, respond appropriately, and safely refer clients to resources that can help them.

It's Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults is a one-day workshop that is designed to educate and engage bystanders everywhere. The emphasis in the workshops is teaching neighbours, friends and family members of seniors experiencing abuse to recognize the warning signs and then to take small practical steps to help that are safe and respectful. Scenarios taken from life, with a range of possible responses, support the learning objectives. The project includes a national training for elder abuse leaders and experts so that they are prepared to hold intervention workshops in their own regions and communities. 

Make It Our Business provides information and education to help employers and other workplace stakeholders to meet their obligations under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. According to the Act, employers must prevent and respond to domestic violence in the workplace.  Make It Our Business helps you to prevent workplace domestic violence and to support employees at risk.  We outline how employers, supervisors, managers, human resources professionals, security personnel, union representatives, and co-workers can recognize domestic violence, respond to it and refer victims and abusers to supports that offer help.

Neighbours, Friends and Families is a public education campaign to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse so that those close to an at-risk woman or an abusive man can help.  An expert panel guided the development of the campaign and supported the initial implementation in communities across the province.  Many communities have participated in the campaign, each spreading the word that, “We all have a role to play in ending woman abuse,” through tapping into local networks and relationships.

Tools for Change Educator's Website is a comprehensive listing of resources that promote healthy, equal relationships, reviewed and critiqued using a strengths-based model. Each resource is matched to grade levels (3 -9) and the Ontario curriculum. A pedagogical review will help educators choose resources for their own teaching style. This website has been developed by the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children at Western University with funding from the Ontario Women's Directorate.