The Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project is engaging regions throughout 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-informed/ sexual assault-informed/ trauma-informed services. In the woman abuse and sexual assault sectors, staff will be cross-trained to provide mental health-informed and addictions-informed services to abused women dealing with mental health and/or addiction issues. By making ‘every door the right door’, regardless of the first door or sector women access, abused women who might otherwise not access woman abuse/sexual assault or mental health/addiction supports will be identified and referred to appropriate services that understand the interrelationship of woman abuse, sexual assault, trauma, mental health, addiction and child protection.
The Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project is a collaboration of over 160 agencies and programs in the mental health, addiction, woman abuse, sexual assault, child protection and allied sectors, as well as, women with lived experience in FOURTEEN REGIONS: Peel, Chatham-Kent, Grey-Bruce, Sudbury-Manitoulin, London-Middlesex, Thunder Bay, Northwestern Ontario, Ottawa, North Bay, Hamilton, Muskoka-Parry Sound, Niagara, Kapuskasing-Cochrane and New Liskeard - Kirkland Lake – Earlton.
The model was successfully tested in the London-Middlesex region and resulted in transformative systemic changes and supported the development of coordinated and integrated service delivery for abused women with concurrent mental health and addiction issues.
Over the next year, more regions will be invited to participate in the initiative and supported in implementing cross-training, screening and intersectoral services. If you are interested in participating, contact
The Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project is a project of the Women's Mental Health and Addictions Action Research Coalition, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the lead agency is the London Abused Women’s Centre.
The Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project was funded by