Solutions to Family Violence


Family violence affects all of us. It is not something that only happens to strangers — it happens in our families, our communities, and among our friends and our co-workers.

The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (NCFV) of Health Canada is a national resource centre for all Canadians seeking information about and solutions to violence within the family.

The NCFV was established in 1982 with the mandate to provide information and advice relevant to the prevention and treatment of family violence, particularly regarding child abuse and neglect, violence against women and the abuse of older persons.

The NCFV currently plays a central role in the federal government’s Family Violence Initiative. On behalf of the 12 departments participating in the Initiative, the NCFV gathers and organizes existing information and develops and disseminates new informational materials. The NCFV has identified as a priority the need to increase accessibility to and awareness of its services and resources by people with disabilities.

By accessing the NCFV, all Canadians, including front-line workers, researchers, community groups, media and the public, are able to share the latest research findings and information on various aspects of prevention, protection and treatment.

Among its services, the NCFV distributes, free of charge and in alternate formats on request, more than 100 publications on family violence, including:

– Family Violence Against Women with Disabilities, 1993, fact sheet, prepared by DisAbled Women’s Network — Canada;
– Family Violence and People with a Mental Handicap, 1993, fact sheet, prepared by The Roeher Institute;
– “After You Tell,” 1995, booklet, translated using Blissymbols, published by the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada;
– “Violence and People with Disabilities: A Review of the Literature,” 1994, booklet, prepared by The Roeher Institute;
– “The Invisible Boy: Revisioning the Victimization of Male Children and Teens,” 1996, booklet, prepared by the Canadian Foster Family Association; and
– “Breaking the Links Between Poverty and Violence Against Women — A Resource Guide,” 1996, booklet, by Jane Gurr, Louise Mailloux, Dianne Kinnon, Suzanne Doerge.

Numerous additional fact sheets are also available, including Wife Abuse — The Impact on Children, Emotional Abuse, Family Violence and Substance Abuse, Financial Abuse of Seniors, Dating Violence, and Child Abuse and Neglect.

In collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the NCFV’s “Preventing Family Violence” video collection holds more than 100 videos on family violence prevention which are available from NFB partner libraries across Canada. The collection includes:

– “Charting New Waters: How to Respond to Violence Against Women with Disabilities,” 1996 — A training resource for caregivers, social workers, advocates and criminal justice personnel (available also in French);
– “Double Jeopardy,” 1996 — Through the voices of women with disabilities, who are survivors of family violence, this video reveals the extent of violence against women with disabilities and suggests ways of addressing the issue;
– “Tu m?rites d’?tre en s?curit?,” 1995 (French-language video) — Girls with disabilities share their opinions and experiences with physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse as well as neglect; and
– “No! How,” 1996 — A video designed to help young adults with intellectual disabilities to recognize the difference between appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviour from others.

Through the NCFV’s library collection, Canadians are also able to access, online, approximately 10,000 resources on family violence. Additionally, the NCFV offers a national directory and referral service of resource contacts and organizations responding to family violence.

Over the next year, ABILITIES magazine and the NCFV will address violence against specific groups of people with disabilities, including women, children and older adults.

All NCFV services and publications are provided free of charge throughout Canada in both English and French. To find out more, visit the NCFV website or contact:

TOLL-FREE: 1-800-267-1291
TEL: (613) 957-2938
TOLL-FREE TTY: 1-800-551-5643
TTY: (613) 952-6396
FAX: (613) 941-8930
TOLL-FREE FAXLINK: 1-888-267-1233
FAXLINK: (613) 941-7285


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