1Abused women with concurrent mental health and/or addiction issues across Ontario will receive comprehensive screening on woman abuse, sexual assault, institutional abuse and other forms of trauma so they can identify past and current abuse issues early and receive abuse/trauma-informed services and support that meets their complex needs. Early intervention will lead to an improved and coordinated response to women with concurrent issues. Early interventions and appropriate service responses will support women’s health and safety and the safety of their children.
Many thousands of women in Ontario will access these enhanced services yearly and will benefit from earlier identification of abuse issues, from access to woman abuse-informed, sexual assault-informed and trauma-informed services, more coordinated and collaborative service delivery, and opportunities to have a voice in the planning and implementation of system changes. The systemic change in service provision will benefit some of the most vulnerable of women who now are falling through the cracks of health and social service systems, or who are unable to access the health and social service supports they need because of the fragmented way services are currently delivered.
2Mental health, addictions and woman abuse/sexual assault agencies in all regions across Ontario will have access to training which will increase the core competencies in staff and agencies in providing women with concurrent abuse, mental health and addiction issues with enhanced services that respond to their needs with better treatments and interventions. Training developed by local experts from diverse sectors, in conjunction with women with lived experience, from twelve regions of Ontario will be available to mental health, addictions and woman abuse/sexual assault and allied sectors across Ontario through provincial videoconferences, conventional trainings, and through our website. This training will result in women who access these agencies receiving woman abuse-informed, sexual assault-informed and trauma-informed services that will bring about better outcomes for abused women with concurrent mental health and/or addiction issues.