The Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project, a project of the Women’s Mental Health and Addictions Action and Research Coalition (WMHAARC), is engaging regions across Ontario in collaborating across sectors to implement screening for woman abuse, sexual assault and trauma in mental health and addiction agencies. Workers in these sectors will be trained to provide woman abuse, sexual assault and trauma-informed services. It is a successfully tested model which encourages and supports the ongoing development of coordinated and integrated service delivery for abused women with concurrent mental health and/or addiction issues.
The London Abused Women’s Centre is the lead agency for the project. It is a collaboration of more than 40 agencies and programs in the mental health, addiction, woman abuse, sexual assault and allied sectors and includes women of lived experience in four regions (Chatham-Kent, Grey-Bruce, Sudbury-Manitoulin and London -Middlesex).
Early identification of woman abuse, sexual abuse and trauma will lead to improved and coordinated response to women with concurrent mental health and addiction issues and will support women’s health and safety and the health and safety of their children. It will support the health and well being of some of the Province’s most vulnerable women who are falling through the cracks of current health and social service systems, or who are unable to access the health and social service supports they need because of fragmented way services are designed.
For more information please visit the Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project website by clicking here.