By Gabrielle Provencher, Social Media Volunteer at WomanACT
Last year at our annual Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff training conference, The Redwood Women’s Shelter panel presented their safety management and risk assessment toolkit to improve the interventions in supporting women and children. The Redwood, a 33-bed violence against women shelter located in Toronto is the only shelter in the country known to be using this specific model.
This toolkit was creating through an exhaustive literature review and aims to make a shift from the traditional ‘risk assessment’ and ‘safety planning’ approach to a Safety Assessment and Risk Management model. In this new model, the responsibility for the danger is more clearly placed on the perpetrator while emphasizing the strategies and protective actions available that may increasing her safety and reducing her risk of further abuse. This model aims at proactively prevent further harm and risk to women and their children.
To request a copy of the toolkit and to see a preview, please visit :