A gender-based analysis or framework serves to enhance our understanding of partner abuse and sexual violence. This analysis serves as a powerful and accurate “lens” which helps us recognize, acknowledge, and address the prevalence, nature, and presentation of violence and abuse in our community. More specifically, we recognize that women, children, and men may be victims of abuse and violence; however, experience and research has demonstrated that women and children are profoundly more at risk of being the survivors/victims domestic abuse and sexual violence. Our recognition of this reality is not intended to diminish the male experience of abuse and violence in any way.

Awareness, education, and prevention initiatives represent a continuum of action towards the elimination of partner abuse and sexual violence in our communities. It is our responsibility to develop and implement programs and events that recognize and enhance the community’s level of understanding of issues relating to partner abuse and sexual violence, with attention to the particular vulnerabilities experienced by older persons, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons, and other marginalized populations.

Increased awareness, and effective collaboration and coordination between service providers, represents a continuum of action towards a seamless network of supports and services for survivors/victims of partner abuse and sexual violence and their families. It is our responsibility to develop and implement programs and events that recognize and enhance the service community’s willingness and ability to work together to better meet the diverse needs of survivors/victims and their families.

It is our responsibility to understand and respect the mandates of the various organizations represented on the Committee, within and outside Committee activities.

Broad representation from all sectors involved with, or working on behalf of, survivors/victims of abuse and violence serves to promote and enhance the Committee’s capacity and effectiveness. Consequently, the Committee will remain open to, and will actively encourage, new membership from other agencies and organizations in the District of Parry Sound.

Self-care and support for service providers working with, or on behalf of, survivors/victims of partner abuse and sexual violence is integral to the delivery of quality services; consequently, it is understood and expected that this Committee will support and promote self-care for all of its members.

Approved: January 19, 2011