Training & Education: Collaboration

Information Bulletin June 2018

An Interagency Case Assessment Team (ICAT) is a partnership of local agencies that includes police, child welfare, anti-violence programs including community- and policebased victim services, Stopping the Violence counselling and outreach and/or transition houses, healthcare providers, and other agencies. Within communities, this group of service providers collectively receives referrals of suspected highest risk cases of domestic violence and collaboratively identifies risk, and develops victim safety plans and offender management plans with the goal of increasing safety for all.

The first ICAT was established in the North Okanagan in 2010. Since that time, fifty communities in British Columbia have developed an ICAT and are currently reviewing highest risk cases of domestic violence.


In 2015, a research project was undertaken by the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC), with funding from the Law Foundation of BC and Legal Services Society, in order to better understand the access to justice and increased safety related outcomes that ICATs are achieving. This information bulletin summarizes the results of that research project.

Step by Step: Tools for Developing a Coordinated Response to Violence Against Women

Community Coordination for Women's Safety (CCWS) and Ending Violence Association of BC (EVABC)

Developed to assist community coordination initiatives in fulfilling their goals to increase the safety of women and children impacted by violence, this CCWS Resource Guide offers up to date information on how to build, maintain and enhance local coordination initiatives and includes many practical tips and tools.

The Duluth Model

Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs

Since the early 1980s, Duluth—a small community in northern Minnesota— has been an innovator of ways to hold batterers accountable and keep victims safe. The "Duluth Model" is an ever evolving way of thinking about how a community works together to end domestic violence.

Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention for Faith Communities

Family Violence Protection

Faith communities include all religious, spiritual, and faith-based groups and organizations. These communities have many and diverse beliefs, practices, and traditions. The communities may come together locally, across distances, or both. The teachings of faith communities obligate followers to work towards an end to family violence in our homes, our Island communities, and society at large.

Information Bulletin: Income Assistance Policies to Support Persons Fleeing Abuse

Community Coordination for Women’s Safety (CCWS) and Ending Violence Association of BC (EVABC)

This information bulletin gives service providers information about the MSDSI Persons Fleeing Abuse policy and procedure changes that provide support to people fleeing abuse who apply for income assistance. The information bulletin also includes contacts for MSDSI Community Relations And Service Quality Managers in each region

The Practice Exchange Project

Canadian Network of Women's Shelters and Transition Houses

Sharing and replicating promising practices between Violence Against Women (VAW) Shelters.

Building an Online Network to Better Support Victims of Violent Crime in Canada

Victim Justice Network

The Victim Justice Network is supported with funding from Justice Canada’s Victims Fund, through the Policy Centre for Victims Issues, Department of Justice Canada; from BC Collaborates to Stop Sexual and Domestic Violence.

British Columbia's Provincial Domestic Violence Plan

Prepared by the Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV)

PODV is responsible and accountable for a coordinated response to improving and strengthening the services and supports for children, women and families affected by domestic violence. As a central coordinating office, PODV provides expertise, leadership and monitoring to ensure a strengthened systemic and coordinated approach to address domestic violence in BC. 

First Annual Report - Provincial Domestic Violence Plan

Prepared by the Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV)

PODV is responsible and accountable for strengthening the province’s systemic response to domestic violence. PODV’s mandate is to work with community and crossministry partners and provide expertise and leadership to improve and strengthen services and supports for children, women and families affected by domestic violence. This is PODV's first annual report. 

We Begin By Listening

Farrah Khan

Farrah Khan's Keynote at EVA BC's Annual Training Forum 2016. In this keynote Farrah Khan talks about the way in which we approach work surrounding abuse, survivors of abuse and violence against women. The ways in which we collaborate in our communities and empower one another and do community organizing. She also analyzes Canadian immigration practices particularly towards Muslim immigrants as well as the treatment of Aboriginal women. 

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