CAS/VAW Integrated Services Program
Ottawa-based violence against women agencies (VAW) have partnered with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) to implement a program that provides collaborative service delivery to women who have been referred to the CAS because of concerns regarding woman abuse occurring in the home. VAW case managers work with child protection workers to deliver services that address needs resulting from the abuse and to increase safety for women and their children. These case managers are supervised by a VAW program supervisor and work for the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
Referrals to the program are initiated by the child protection worker. The VAW services are voluntary. The VAW case managers will work with mothers in their homes, in the community and/or by phone, providing practical assistance and emotional support.
The CAS/VAW Integrated Services Programs’ VAW case managers are available to support women who have experienced violence by providing:
- Safety planning
- Individual support
- Referrals and information about services in the community
- Crisis counselling
The CAS/VAW Integrated Services Project welcomes:
- Women of any age, culture, religion, sexual orientation and ability
- Women who have left or who are still with their partner
- Women who would like to know more about abusive relationships, the impact on themselves and their children, healthy relationships, self-esteem, anger, etc.