Recognizing & Responding Safely to Family Violence

The VEGA Project was the first project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Canadian Government’s 10-year, $100 million investment to support victims of violence and their children.

Project Overview:

With experts from the Preventing Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Research Network, and guided by a National Guidance and Implementation Committee (NGIC) of stakeholders from 22 key Canadian organizations, the VEGA Project is developing pan-Canadian public health guidance, tools, and curriculum for health and social service providers. The project will:

  1. produce evidence-based guidance - the VEGA Online Practice Handbook - that integrates stakeholder consultation and provides the latest evidence on effective practices in responding to three interrelated areas of family violence.Puzzle Pieces
  2. produce a foundational, tailorable and accreditation-ready curriculum for adaptation and implementation by different provider groups and in various settings, based on the following principles:
    • Trauma- and violence-informed care
    • Cultural safety, respect and equity in the Canadian context
    • Sex- and gender-based principles, with guidance reflecting gender relations among and between women, girls, men, boys, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people
  3. develop metrics and indicators so that curriculum uptake and use can be evaluated; and
  4. develop an integrated knowledge mobilization strategy to ensure responsive, needs-based product development and ongoing communication with stakeholders, and the public.

Key activities

  1. Consultation and environmental scans
    • initial and ongoing consultations with the NGIC and other key stakeholders
    • extensive scans of existing relevant resources
  2. Systematic Evidence Reviews using standard methods and the GRADE approach:
    • Child maltreatment
    • Intimate partner violence
    • Children's exposure to intimate partner violence
  3. The VEGA Competency Framework for Recognizing & Responding Safely to Family Violence
  4. Guidance for health and social service providers: the VEGA Online Practice Handbook
  5. Curriculum that is accreditation-ready and uses interactive gaming technology