31 Things British Columbia Can Do Right Now to End Violence Against Women
26. Fully implement best practice standards for child protection workers working with women experiencing violence
Since 2004, the Ministry for Children and Family Development (MCFD) has provided their representatives with practice guidelines through Best Practice Approaches Child Protection and Violence Against Women. In December 2010, the B. government released the latest version of the Violence Against Women in Relationship (VAWIR) policy and an updated version of the Best Practice Approaches Child Protection and Violence Against Women and created a training curriculum based on the VAWIR policy. However, they have not provided this training to their child protection workers in a comprehensive way. In 2013, decades after the B.C. government created these policies, many women around the province continue to report they experience inconsistent, unhelpful and unsupportive involvement with MCFD child protection workers when dealing with situations of gendered violence and spousal abuse. It is critical that social workers across the province are adequately trained and resourced to deliver service that is in line with MCFD’s Best Practice Approaches and that MCFD audit for compliance with those practices.
Women in British Columbia have waited too long already. That is why we are offering 31 things that BC’s new Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV) can push for right now to increase safety for women and to bring us closer than we have ever been to ending violence against women once and for all. We are calling for 31 social, economic and legal changes, none of which are unachievable in this province. Some would require very little financial investment, and each of them will save resources in the long term given the high costs of violence against women.
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