The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, Action) Project, McMaster University, was the first project funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (2015-2020) under the Canadian Government’s 10-year, investment to support victims of violence and their children. See the VEGA project video on our homepage.
The VEGA Project has created pan-Canadian, evidence-based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers in recognizing and responding safely to family violence. The VEGA Team, developed these resources in collaboration with expert consultants and organizations, 22 national organizations and other stakeholders. VEGA focuses on three main types of family violence: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and children’s exposure to intimate partner violence.
VEGA has developed an online platform of education resources comprised of learning modules (e.g., care pathways, scripts, how-to videos), interactive educational scenarios and a Handbook. These resources are based on a series of systematic reviews summarizing the scientific evidence. VEGA’s family violence education resources will assist healthcare and social service providers (including students) in addressing the needs of those who may have experienced family violence. In addition to addressing violence that is happening, VEGA seeks to reduce the experience of any associated problems and prevent further violence (see Figure 1 below).