The Ontario Woman Abuse Screening Project was first piloted in London-Middlesex in 2002-2003 through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation which provided funding to pilot and evaluate the implementation of the Routine Universal Comprehensive Screening Protocol tool within the mental health and addiction sectors in London and Middlesex County. The outcomes of the pilot were evaluated to be extremely successful and the project resulted in permanent systemic changes which enhanced the provision of services to abused women with mental health and/or addiction issues. Due to the success in London-Middlesex, many of the participating agencies have continued to champion this work and are part of the current Provincial Steering Committee.
The manual on the pilot project, Implementing a Woman Abuse Screening Protocol: Facilitating Connections between Mental Health, Addictions and Woman Abuse (2007, PDF, 134 pages, 2.5 MB), found that the introduction of screening for woman abuse/sexual assault/trauma and of woman abuse/sexual assault/trauma-informed services achieved the following objectives:
For the women accessing services:
For the staff:
The single most important factor in the success of this project has been the long-standing and on-going relationships that have been developed and that continue to nurture.
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