Transitional Employment Supports for Women Experiencing Violence Initiative
Employment is one of the keys to financial independence. Financial independence can be one of the keys to a life free from violence. This is initiative is developing ways to improve the way career and employment services are delivered to women who are ready to make the transition to work.
THANL is coordinating the initiative with two Provincial Government partners: the Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment (HRLE) and the Women’s Policy Office (WPO).
The first phase of the initiative involved research on the effects of violence on employment; the need for supports; and recommendations for service delivery. Goss Gilroy Inc. Management Consultants conducted the research and prepared these reports:
- Design of a pilot program to deliver transitional employment supports to women who experience violence: Literature Review, April 2008
- Report on the design of an approach to deliver transitional employment supports to women who experience violence. July 2008
In this phase of the initiative, we are working with our partners to improve the coordination of career and employment services to women who have experienced violence. We are also developing awareness and training tools. We plan to link the tools to this site when they are ready.
In addition, this initiative enabled transition houses around the province to develop and run a series of empowerment groups aimed at supporting women to improve their employability. The following is a report on the best practices that arouse from these groups and contains useful information for other groups wishing to develop their own empowerment groups.
- Empowerment and Employability: Using empowerment activities to support women who have been affected by violence to improve their employability (manual)
The use of Restorative Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution methods in the area of family violence continues to be debated in the community. The Provincial Association Against Family Violence produced two research documents, which provide excellent analysis and information about the issues involved from a feminist perspective. These documents continue to actively inform the debate and decision-making.
- Keeping an Open Mind: A Look at Gender Inclusive Analysis, Restorative Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 1999
- Making it Safe: Women, Restorative Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution, July 2000
Operating Standards: Shelters in Newfoundland and Labrador worked together to create operating standards, which have been implemented across the province.