JOURNEY TO TRAUMA-INFORMED SERVICE DELIVERY IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER (SESSION B)
This presentation will describe the unique way in which Rowan House Society plans to provide transitional housing in four rural southern Alberta communities for women experiencing domestic violence. Four housing models will be described. They are: ‘scattered site’, ‘community host home’, ‘second stage shelter’ and, ‘stay at home’. The development of the models drew from those used in Australia, UK, US and parts of Canada, but were adapted to meet the diverse needs of Rowan House clientele within the culturally unique communities throughout the organization’s vast geographic boundaries.
While all four models will be covered, we will provide more detail about the development of the “community host home” approach. It is a pilot project that draws on significant community support and allows women to better protect themselves and their children as they leave the abusive relationship.
Because the models were customized to suit the communities, they are seen as having real potential to simultaneously reduce domestic violence and address homelessness. It is believed that these innovative approaches will create a paradigm shift in how service providers, government bodies, funders and the community at large think about the intersecting social concerns of rural living, homelessness and domestic violence.