The Future of Mandatory Charging for Intimate Partner Violence: Status quo or alternative direction?
WomanACT, as a member of the Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network, is proud to support and participate in the research project: “The Future of Mandatory Charging for Intimate Partner Violence: Status quo or alternative direction?”
Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network (BBWON) has undertaken a research project exploring the impacts of mandatory charging policies on women who experience abuse and their families. The project is being funded jointly by VAW Coordinating Committees (VAWCCs) and Mitacs, a research foundation that supports connections between universities and communities. Building a Bigger Wave provides the coordination for VAWCC committees.
This four-month project will create an Ontario-specific research instrument to survey victim/survivors, service providers (e.g. shelters) and police. The surveys have been designed to investigate the impact of mandatory charging on victim/survivors.
This project is the first step for criminal justice system institutions (e.g. police, Crown Attorneys) and community-based organizations in developing more effective responses to domestic violence and reducing associated costs.
A virtual presentation of the project’s initial findings will be facilitated by Deborah E. Conners, Ph.D., University of Ottawa, during the upcoming WomanACT General Members Meeting scheduled to take place on June 29th,2017.
WomanACT is a proud member of the BBWON
The Building a Bigger Wave Ontario Network (BBWON) is a feminist-based, volunteer network of passionate professionals and advocates who believe it is vital to strengthen existing multi-sector tables known as Violence Against Women Coordinating Committees (VAWCCs). VAWCCS are existing infrastructure with experience and expertise that can propel social innovation and change. In Ontario, the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) funds 48 local committees across the province. As such, VAWCCs can be critical elements of a larger strategy to engage everyone in the province of Ontario to end violence against women and children. The BBWON leadership believes that ending sexual and domestic violence in all its forms is a shared responsibility.
VAWCCs are comprised of committed professionals and advocates who meet regularly to do the heavy lifting on figuring out how to work together more effectively in local communities on domestic and sexual violence cases and related issues. The BBWON is a virtual place for communication and connection for individuals, VAWCCs, and other allies. We are committed to ongoing learning and shared leadership to achieve collective impact on this most complex and destructive global epidemic. BBWON is only one piece of a much larger picture of people working together to create a peaceful and just world.
BBWON is an emergent and evolving network.
BBWON currently has three coordinators who manage overall network activities and projects. Project funding supports their involvement, but most of the work is done on a volunteer basis. This allows BBWON to function according to the priorities identified by the network.
For more information about the work of the BBWON, please visit their web page: