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Neighbours, Friends & Families at WorkA Program of the Centre for Research & Educationon Violence Against Women & ChildrenFaculty of Education, University of Western Ontariodelivered through collaborations with community–based NFF Champions

The campaign

Neighbours, Friends and Families is managed by

the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children. It was developed by an Expert Panel. The Ontario Government funds the campaign.

The Campaign



Neighbours, Friends and Families is a campaign to raise awareness of


so that people who are close to an at-risk woman or abusive man can help.



Domestic Violence – 3 Types awareness of

  • Situational couple violence

  • most common / arguments escalate to violence

  • Intimate terrorism / battering

  • abusive partner controls and coerces

  • Violent Resistance

  • victim of intimate terrorism fights back

Johnson / CLASP – 2006


Domestic Violence – 3 Types awareness of

  • Situational couple violence

  • most common / arguments escalate to violence

  • Intimate terrorism / battering

  • abusive partner controls and coerces

  • Violent Resistance

  • victim of intimate terrorism fights back

Woman Abuse


Why Focus on Woman Abuse? awareness of

  • Highest risk cases

  • Most serious injuries

  • Preventable

  • Impact on children is devastating

  • Can’t change what you can’t name


Statistics awareness of

  • Ontario Death Reviews - All cases from 2002-2005

    • 94% of violent perpetrators were male

Domestic Violence Death Review Committee


Statistics awareness of

15 women were killed in Ontario by abusive partners in 2008

In the past 10 years, over 200 women have been killed in Ontario


Domestic Violence – 3 Types awareness of

  • All are harmful

  • All are potentially dangerous

  • All need intervention – different kinds

  • All create victims who need support

What Does Woman Abuse awareness of

Look Like?

  • Patterns of Abuse – ongoing, systematic to control and dominate a woman

  • Can be:

    • Physical / Sexual / Psychological or Emotional / Religious / Economic


Nff model program
NFF – “Model Program” awareness of

  • The Domestic Violence Death Review Committee

  • …the greatest need continues to be educating all members of the community about the warning signs of domestic violence and the appropriate action necessary to prevent it.

  • One example…is the Neighbours, Friends and Families Campaign.(DVDRC 2005)


Nff model program1
NFF – “Model Program” awareness of

  • Dupont / Daniel Inquest - Recommendations

  • “to provide support to all workplaces to train all employees about the dynamics of domestic violence….as well as what to do if faced with a situation where violence enters the workplace

  • …model programs such as Neighbours, Friends and Families may be expanded in Ontario and be more directly inclusive of the role of the workplace”.


A common misconception woman abuse is a private issue
A Common Misconception: awareness of Woman abuse is a private issue

In Canada, woman abuse in the workplace has been invisible

The tragic death of Lori Dupont has awakened us to the fact that it is a workplace issue

Critical events and opportunities
Critical Events and Opportunities awareness of

  • Critical Events

    • Visible warning signs and risk factors

    • Should raise possibility of danger

  • Opportunities

    • A chance to intervene

    • Can be missed because of uncertainty or missing information

    • Organizations and individuals are unprepared


Workplace implications
Workplace Implications Dupont Inquest

Significant human and economic costs

Measurable costs - $4 billion+ / yr (partial costs)

$1B+ traced to time away from work

Corporate leadership in the United States

Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children

Domestic Violence Prevention: A Workplace Initiative


Workplace implications1
Workplace Implications Dupont Inquest

  • Happen across all social classes

  • 37% of men in a perpetrators program are white collar workers

    • professionals, administrators, managers

  • 74% of victims are harassed while at work, which puts themselves and all people present at the workplace at risk

  • Gandolf 2002

  • Zachary 2000

Workplace implications2
Workplace Implications Dupont Inquest

The danger of stalking & psychological abuse

76% of women murdered were stalked by their intimate partners in the year prior to murder

11–24% of all stalking cases actually begin in the workplace

87% of stalkers are male

National Stalking Resource Center

Kong, 1997; Patheet al., 2000


  • Perpetrator Interference Dupont Inquest

  • Behaviours and Actions

    He may prevent her from getting to work or, interfere with her ability to work:

    • Place repeated phone calls

    • Stalk and/or watch her while she is at work

    • Show up and pester her co-workers with questions (where is she, who she’s with, when will she be back, etc.)

Why Workplaces Need to Be Involved Dupont Inquest

  • Most workplaces are unprepared

  • Many employees are affected directly and indirectly

  • Multiple concerns such as security, health, performance, productivity

  • In 9 out of 10 workplace incidents, the victim later confides in a co-worker

  • Employers & co-workers can make a difference


Stats Canada 2004

Why Workplaces Need to Be Involved Dupont Inquest

  • Perpetrators choose her workplace as a means to access her because often this is a factor in her life that remains unchanged and predictable.

  • Even if she has changed residences to isolate herself from the perpetrator, she may still experience the negative actions at work.


Zachary 2000

Recognizing the signs
Recognizing the Signs Dupont Inquest

  • The victim may:

  • Have bruising that cannot be explained

  • Miss work on a regular basis or seem to be sick more often

  • Be sad, lonely, withdrawn and afraid

  • Have trouble concentrating on a task

  • Receive upsetting phone calls

  • Use alcohol or drugs to cope

Documentary Dupont Inquest“What everyone should know about woman abuse.”View the DVD on-line

Lived Experience


How can i support her
How Can I Support Her? Dupont Inquest

  • Examples:

  • Talk to her about what you see and assure her that you are concerned

  • Tell her you believe her and that it is not her fault

  • Provide information about safety


Understanding the traps
Understanding the Traps Dupont Inquest

  • History of abuse – grew up in abusive home

  • Afraid to be on her own

  • Blames herself for the abuse

  • Economic uncertainty - poverty

  • She loves him – believes he can change

  • She doesn’t want to move the children

  • Pressure from her family

  • Cultural norms that don’t permit divorce

Safety planning for women
Safety Planning for Women Dupont Inquest

  • Developing a Safety plan

  • Getting Ready to Leave

  • Leaving the Abuser

  • After Leaving

  • Referral Information:

    The Assaulted Women’s Helpline, and other women’s services in your area


Assaulted women s helpline
Assaulted Women’s Helpline Dupont Inquest

  • 24-hour telephone support and crisis line

  • Anonymous and confidential

  • Available in many languages

  • Local Resources

  • What can i say when someone you care about is acting abusively
    What Can I Say? Dupont InquestWhen someone you care about is acting abusively:

    • Approach him when he is calm

    • Tell him that you are concerned for the safety of his partner and children and that there is help for him

    • Recognize that confrontational, argumentative approaches may make the situation worse and put her at higher risk


    29 Dupont Inquest

    30 Dupont Inquest

    Brochures safety cards

    Arabic Dupont Inquest

    Chinese Simplified






    Brochures & Safety Cards

    Available in:

    • Punjabi Indian

    • Punjabi Pakistani

    • Russian

    • Somali

    • Spanish

    • Tamil

    • Vietnamese

    Neighbours, Friends & Families Dupont Inquest



    What can i do
    What Can I Do? Dupont Inquest

    Know the rule of isolation
    Know the Rule of Isolation Dupont Inquest

    Isolation is a factor that is always present in situations of woman abuse

    …It could even be considered a necessary condition

    As the abuse escalates – the isolation becomes more profound

    Behaviours designed to interrupt isolation
    Behaviours Designed to Interrupt Isolation Dupont Inquest

    • Pay attention to signs of abuse

    • Don’t sit alone with suspicions and questions

    • Seek help and take appropriate action


    How do we prepare ourselves
    How do we prepare ourselves? Dupont Inquest

    Start with Heart

    You can’t go wrong if you intervene from a place of genuine concern and care…

    Becoming a workplace champion
    Becoming A Workplace Champion Dupont Inquest

    Three Levels of Involvement

    Level 1: Introduce campaign and materials to all employees

    Level 2: Presentations & Workshops

    Level 3: Train the Trainer

    For more information on the workplace program contact Barb MacQuarrie at [email protected]


    How it Works Dupont Inquest

    Engaging The Potential and Power of Everyday Relationships








    YOU Dupont Inquest

    Final Thoughts Dupont Inquest

    • There are no simple solutions – leaving an abusive partner is more of a process than an event.

    • Caring about the people around us, paying attention to them when there are signs of trouble can be the most important intervention we can make.


    Neighbours friends and families

    Most Ontarians feel a personal responsibility for reducing woman abuse...recognizing it is the first step

    Take the warning signs seriously

    Neighbours, Friends and Families