D.A.R.T. - Domestic Assault Review Team of Waterloo Region

Health Engagement Task Force

Purpose:

  1. Engage various partners in the health care sector in responding to and preventing domestic violence.
  2. Engage with community partners in facilitating the health care sector involvement in domestic violence prevention and response.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Increase awareness of domestic violence in the health care sector.
  2. Increase capacity in health care sector for appropriate screening, response and referral.
  3. Facilitate educational events with health care sector and community partners.
  4. Respond to identified community health sector needs.
  5. Advocate with community providers.
  6. Provide recommendations to DART.

Membership (as of May 2016):

  • Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services – Lori Snyder MacGregor, Kent Bigrigg
  • Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council – Dianne Heise Bennett
  • Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Center – Pam McCann, Julia Manual
  • Domestic Assault Review Team of Waterloo Region, Coordinator – Sarah Gilbert
  • Public Services Health & Safety Association – Derek Morgan
  • Conestoga College – Linda Juodvalkis

Organizational Structure:

A subcommittee of DART which will be facilitated by Co-Chairs.

Background:

A resolution declaring violence as a major and growing public health problem across the world was passed in 1996 at the Forty-Ninth World Health Assembly. In 2002 the World Health Organization (WHO) released the document, World report on violence and health which focuses on preventing violence and reducing its impact1 and evaluate evidence- based best practises and promotes intersectoral collaboration and action2 collaborate together to prevent, reduce and respond to domestic violence.3 4

It has been estimated in Canada that the cost of domestic violence is 6.9 billion dollars per year.5 It is recognized that many people choose not to report and further to this there is no way to quantify the cost of human suffering and loss.

Provincially such resources as the Domestic Violence Action Plan for Ontario6, the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Annual Report7, the Centre for Education and Research on Violence Against Women and Children8 and Bill 1689 provide guidance in domestic violence prevention, identification, care and response. Locally the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council identified a gap in screening for domestic violence in the health care sector.10 Collaboration with researchers, academics and practitioners at Women’s College Hospital11, University of Toronto, Ontario College of Family Physicians and Wilfred Laurier University provide opportunities to collaborate for research, education and training.

  1. World Health Organization. (2002). World report on violence and health. Geneva: WHO
  2. World Health Organization. (2004).Preventing violence: A guide to implementing the recommendations of the World report on violence and health. WHO: Geneva.
  3. World Health Organization. ( 2010). Violence Prevention: An Invitation to intersectoral action. Geneva:WHO.
  4. World Health Organization. (2010). Preventing intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: Taking action and generating evidence. Geneva: WHO.
  5. Digital Canada report from study led by UBC Nursing Prof. ( October 12, 2011). Colleen Varcoe at http://digitaljournal.com/article/312726#ixzz2IihKXgbw
  6. Domestic Violence Action Plan for Ontario. http://www.women.gov.on.ca/owd_new/english/resources/publications/dvap/dvap.pdf
  7. Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Annual Report. (2005). http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/DeathInvestigations/office_coroner/PublicationsandReports/DVDR/DVDR.html
  8. Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children. http://www.learningtoendabuse.ca/
  9. Bill 168, Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Act (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace) 2009 http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=2181
  10. Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council. (2010). The Missing Pieces: An Assessment of Service Assets and Gaps for Offenders and Victims of Interpersonal Violence in Waterloo Region. Waterloo: Region of Waterloo.
  11. Women’s College Hospital. DVeducation. http://www.dveducation.ca/