Algoma Council on Domestic Violence
The Algoma Council on Domestic Violence is comprised of many agencies, organizations and concerned citizens throughout the city of Sault Ste. Marie and District of Algoma.
The Algoma District will become a community where each and every citizen will live safely, free from Domestic Violence.
As a culturally inclusive council the Algoma Council on Domestic Violence (ACDV) will strive to change community attitudes toward Domestic Violence focusing on woman abuse through education and advocacy, while promoting community safety and well-being.
Our Work is carried out through a variety of projects initiated by our council partners, organizations, and concerned citizens. Anyone in Algoma who shares our values and beliefs is welcome to become a partner of the Council.
ACDV grew from a selected Community Task Force on Domestic Violence, initiated by Mayor Steve Butland, at the request of the Board of Directors of Women in Crisis. Its first meeting was held in February, 2001. City Councillors Peter Vaudry and Debbie Amaroso were appointed to guide the Task Force through its development with the assistance of several relevant community services and agencies.
On September 9, 2002, the Task Force addressed Sault Ste. Marie City Council and received sanction as a Committee of Sault Ste. Marie. The Vision Statement adopted at that time remains: “Sault Ste. Marie will become a community where each and every citizen will live safely, free from Domestic Violence.”
The Task Force work proceeded towards its goal of development of a representative Community Council. On July 5, 2004, an open invitation was extended to the community agencies and interested community individuals to meet and bring to reality a full and committed Community Council. By September, 2005, it was realized that a district-wide Council was more appropriate and the Algoma Council on Domestic Violence (ACDV) came into being.
Our early ACDV membership lists 69 members from some 40 cross-district organizations creating 5 working committees. In February 2005, ACDV, became a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership, opening Family Violence concerns to an entirely different audience. Supportive funding, through the Ministry of Community and Social Services, initially in the amount of $55,000 began in January, 2006. We have continued to receive funding on a yearly basis for our projects and organizational needs. Funding and any monies raised are spent entirely in support of Council/Community projects whose goal is to expand community awareness at all levels regarding abuse.
In June 2008, the ACDV General Meeting adjusted the Mission Statement to read: “ As a culturally inclusive council, ACDV will strive to change community attitudes towards Domestic Violence, with a focus on woman abuse, through education and advocacy while promoting safety and well-being.”
Projects for Awareness
Sault Ste. Marie and Area Community Response Protocol for Domestic Violence
The Community Response Protocol for Domestic Violence is an initiative of the Algoma Council on Domestic Violence. This document outlines the procedure to which fifteen partner agencies are working cooperatively and diligently together to respond to the problem of Domestic Violence. These agencies represent a wide variety of community sectors including: health, community services, violence against women services, child protection services and the criminal justice system. You can view the full Community Response Protocol here.
Neighbours, Friends and Families
Neighbors, friends and families have a crucial role to play in preventing woman abuse. A provincial campaign has been created so people can help, when they are close to at-risk women or abusive men.
Neighbours, Friends and Families at Work/ Make It Our Business
The Algoma Council on Domestic Violence is offering training and workplace presentations to employers who are working to meet the Domestic Violence requirements of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act. NFF@Work focuses on co-worker education and engagement by offering programs to raise awareness of the signs of woman abuse/ Domestic Violence as it affects the workplace. It also serves as preparation for senior teams in organizations wanting to support employees at risk from Domestic Violence.
Make It Our Business is part of the NFF Workplace Champion Program which provides comprehensive education and training for all levels of organizations. Organizations can implement one or more of the following three levels of involvement:
Level 1: Developing Awareness provides access to information to all employees through brochures and a website.
Level 2: Basic Education is a one hour long session designed to give all employees key information and resources as well as directions for further self-directed study.
Level 3: Leadership Development is a day-long interactive session that offers managers and supervisors enhanced opportunities to learn practical problem solving skills. A three hour version of this training session is also available.
Level 4: Sustaining Culture Change is a two-day intensive workshop for a team with the designated responsibility to prevent and respond to domestic violence in your workplace. This training prepares participants to implement and support organization wide efforts to recognize and respond to domestic violence.
Organizations are recognized with a Certificate of Achievement from the Centre for Research and Education about Violence Against Women and Children based on the level reached in the organization. The annual recognition ceremony is in February every year.
All online resources can be ordered free of charge and are downloadable.
If you are interested in becoming a NFF Workplace Champion or want to learn more about NFF@Work, contact ACDV at firstname.lastname@example.org.