Launched in 2015, this three-year project is built on the belief that no woman should have to navigate an unfamiliar, unresponsive, and under-resourced system when seeking support in situations of domestic and intimate partner violence (D/IPV). With a goal of ensuring timely access to information and services through a coordinated community response model, Overcoming Barriers’ stakeholders are diverse. It relies on partnerships, coordination and resource sharing between provincial government departments, D/IPV support service providers, immigrant serving and community organizations.
Overcoming Barriers aims to build bridges between immigrant women and D/IPV and immigrant service providers. Along with increased understanding about D/IPV among immigrants, public service providers will be educated about the complexities, increased risk, and structural barriers to safety faced by immigrant women in violent relationships. Findings will be integrated into provincial strategies and training around D/IPV experienced by newcomer women.
Along with improved services, Overcoming Barriers aims to connect women to each other, to help them share their stories about D/IPV for their own sakes, as well as to help develop culturally sensitive interventions.
*This project is possible due to funding by Status of Women Canada.
“We’re absolutely learning a lot from each other. We have something in common. I don’t get the push-back from other members that I get elsewhere. It’s really a relief to have a place to talk, and people don’t run away.” – Member of the New Brunswick Immigrant Women’s Association
The project is provincial in scope, with focus in three communities:
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