Promising Practices across Canada for Housing Women who are Older and Fleeing Abuse

Overview

Since 1987, Atira Women’s Resource Society has provided short-term and crisis housing for women fleeing violence. 
 
Atira now operates 18 residential programs across the Greater Vancouver Area identifying and responding to the varied and unique needs of women who are vulnerable and marginalized. Atira opened Ama House in South Surrey, BC in 2004, Canada’s first specialized transition house for women who are older. In anticipation of Ama turning 10 and identifying the need for program evaluation, Atira discovered that Ama House was still the only specialized transition house in Canada serving the needs of women who are older. This surprising discovery prompted the Promising Practices across Canada for Housing Women who are Older and Fleeing Abuse project (Promising Practices), a three-year collaborative project that involved women from across our vast country. 
 
Initially, the collaborative identified that while much has been written about violence against women and much about elder abuse, the abuse of women who are older is rarely examined. Understanding and supporting women who are older and fleeing violence is challenging work that demands knowledge of both women’s anti violence work and elder abuse. The network of women’s transition and safe houses and shelters holds great potential for adapting to meet the needs of women who are older; however, specific attention to their distinct needs, as identified by women who are older and by the women doing the work, is necessary.
 
Promising Practices explores women’s lives across race, class, gender, sexual orientation and ability as well as from all walks of life, from small towns to large cities and includes the voices of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women, women of colour and immigrant women. It challenges assumptions about women who are older and warns against stereotyping. It also reflects women’s lived experiences, identifying what practitioners and women who are older say they require to meet their unique needs and circumstances.
 
 

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Overall Evaluation of Promising Practices Project - English

Overall Evaluation of Promising Practices Project - French

 

National Inventory - English

National Inventory - French

 

 
 

Authors

Janice Abbott  
Atira Women’s Resource Society, Vancouver, BC
Linda Ashdown
  Fort Nelson Aboriginal Friendship Society, Fort Nelson, BC
Grainne Barthe    North Coast Transition Society, Prince Rupert, BC
Marlene Bertrand 
  Special Advisor, Ministry on Domestic Violence, MB
Bea Bonnar    Dixon Transition Society, Burnaby, BC
Liz Brown 
 
Violence Against Women, Services Elgin County, ON
Karen Closs
 
Moose Jaw Women’s Transition Association Inc., Moose Jaw, SK
Caryn Duncan   Gender Equality Advisor - Policy Analyst, Vancouver, BC
Crystal Giesbrecht   Provincial Association of Transition Houses of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK
Mona Gregory
  Libra House Inc., Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Pamela Harrison   Transition House Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
Krista James 
  Canadian Centre for Elder Law, Vancouver, BC
Hélène Langevin
  Maison Simonne-Monet-Chartrand, Chambly, QC
Bev Miller
  Kaushee’s Place, The Yukon Women’s Transition Home, Whitehorse, YT
Marti Miller
  Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, QC
Laurie Parsons   Atira Women’s Resource Society, Surrey, BC
Margaret Peters   Yale First Nation, Yale, BC
Jodi Proctor
  Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, QC
Shahnaz Rahman   West Coast LEAF, Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund, Vancouver, BC
Bernice Sewell
  SAGE, Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton, AB
Janet Stafford
  Cambridge Bay Community Wellness Centre, Cambridge Bay, NU
April Struthers
  Wit Works Ltd., Sechelt, BC
Fiona Williams   Liberty Lane Inc., Fredericton, NB
     
Tamar Cherniawsky   Project Coordinator, Atira Women’s Resource Society 
Raissa Dickinson   Research Assistant, Canadian Centre for Elder Law
Fei Wang   Graphic Artist, Atira Women’s Resource Society