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In Canada, one woman every six days is murdered at the hands of her intimate partner or ex-partner. Countless more women are at risk of ongoing physical and emotional harm as a result of violence at the hands of their current or ex-partner. This may include same-sex partners, ex-partners, parents, older children and caregivers.

Placing the safety of women and children at the forefront of all we do at The Redwood led us to make a shift from the traditional ‘risk assessment’ and ‘safety planning’ approach to a Safety Assessment and Risk Management (SARM) model. With this shift we hope to reduce women’s vulnerability and exposure to harm.

Thank you for your interest in our work. We appreciate the opportunity to present this model to other agencies and organizations within our communities.

This work always builds on what has come before. We hope you will find the approach and tools useful in supporting women and children to explore all of what safety means to them and will give you additional knowledge and understanding in the work you do every day.

The two links below give the English version of the Table of Contents for the Safety Assessment & Risk Management Package and Her Toolkit:

To preview the Table of Contents for the Safety Assessment & Risk Management Package please click here.

To preview the Table of Contents for Her Toolkit please click here.

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    There are many organizations that are complementary to the Redwood. They provide vital links for women and children facing a bewildering new landscape. And they offer insight to those who simply want to learn more about the remarkable work being done in their communities.

    Listed here are some of the best:

    • Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability 
      The Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA) is a web-based research and information centre which aims to conduct, mobilize, exchange and promote research and knowledge to prevent femicide and other forms of gender-based killings in Canada.
      • Family Law Education for Women 
        Are you having family difficulties? Dealing with issues like divorce, custody or support? Plain language legal information on women’s rights under Ontario family law is available in 14 languages and in multiple formats on this site.
      • Toronto Rape Crisis Centre: Multicultural Women Against Rape 
        A grassroots collective working towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive feminist peer support to survivors of sexual violence through support, education and activism.
      • National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
        A national resource centre for all Canadians seeking information about violence within the family and looking for new resources being used to address it. This site’s main function is to collect and disseminate information about family violence.
      • United Way Greater Toronto
        An incorporated non-profit charity focused on improving the long-term health of our community via 200 social service agencies, including The Redwood.
      • Metro Action Committee on Public Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)
        Supplies information on their organization, the numerous programs METRAC oversees in the Metro Toronto area, plus it give access to a database of over 4,000 documents on violence against women and children, METRAC’s own publications and a small collection of links.
      • The White Ribbon Campaign
        The largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women. An educational organization to encourage reflection and discussion that leads to personal and collective action among men.
      • Assaulted Women’s Helpline
        A 24-hour telephone crisis line for women in the province of Ontario. The Helpline is also for friends and family members of abused women, service providers and other professionals in contact with abused women.
      • Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
        A free counseling, legal, interpretation, information and referral service for women who are survivors of violence.
      • The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto
        Representatives from key sectors in the community who have come together to develop a coordinated community response to woman abuse in Toronto.
      • Ontario Women’s Justice Network
        Explains step by step the legal issues surrounding woman abuse and also provides links to shelters and affiliated services throughout Ontario and other provinces. Includes section on safety plans.
      • The Parkdale Community Legal Services
        A free community legal clinic providing free legal advice, assistance and representation to low income residents living in the Parkdale and Swansea area.
      • The Dandelion Initiative, Learning Portal
        is a learning and exploring space, filled with resources, references, templates, activities and offerings that centre on gender-based violence prevention and response in the Hospitality and Arts workplaces and community spaces.