With funding from the Civil Forfeiture Office and the Criminal Assets Management Fund, MOSAIC successfully collaborated with three community agencies to provide “A Coordinated Response to Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Women Victims of Crime and Trauma” Training. MOSAIC’s Specialized Victim Services and Violence Prevention staff developed and delivered three regional trainings in Terrace, Duncan and Prince George, British Columbia to front-line victim service workers, violence against women service providers, settlement workers and social workers. Information was presented on the complexities of providing advocacy and services for marginalized immigrant/refugee women victims going through the criminal justice system. Best practices, policies and protocol, and resources were shared with the participants to increase their knowledge base on the unique challenges and barriers faced by immigrant, refugee women impacted by family violence. The participants also engaged in dialogue on how to effectively implement a coordinated response when supporting immigrant/refugee women to increase their safety. Several fact sheets and resource links were provided to ensure that participants had access to information to support immigrant/refugee women.Training was held in the following locations:Duncan – Cowichan Women Against Violence Society (September 21)Terrace – Skeena Diversity Society (September 27)Prince George – Prince George and District Elizabeth Fry Society (October 4)
In addition to providing comprehensive support services, MOSAIC’s Multicultural Victim Services Program provides information to different communities about violence against women, safety assessment and planning, and our services. To learn more, please visit: mosaicbc.org/mvs.MOSAIC also offers free, confidential counselling support and outreach services for women who have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse, threats, or violence in an intimate relationship, sexual assault or childhood abuse. To learn more, please visit: mosaicbc.org/stv.