The Peace Network for Social Harmony has been actively involved in the field of violence prevention since its founding in 2009, with initiatives to counter both bullying and violence against women and girls. We work on the promotion of healthy relationships by mobilizing the knowledge of experts and their field research, and by encouraging the development of synergies between stakeholders.
The Peace Network organized two symposiums in order to provide effective bullying prevention strategies, tools and techniques to more than 400 school stakeholders. These evidence-based symposia were so well received that several organizations modified their programming based on the knowledge they received. In addition, the Quebec Ministry of Education asked the Peace Network and PREVNet (Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network) to collaborate in the development of the format and content of the “Grandes Rencontres,” a bullying prevention program. The Jasmin Roy Foundation was responsible for logistical support. The program has been deployed in 17 regions of Quebec.
On top of that, the Network has been involved in school-based projects with partners such as Dawson College, Concordia University, McGill University, and the Commission scolaire de Montréal. The Network continues to pursue initiatives that develop caring school communities in partnership with experts including PREVNet, the Institute for Socio-Emotional Education (ISEE) and the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
Violence against women and girls is a major problem in our society. As the 2015 Vital Signs report from the Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM) pointed out, the rate of family violence in Montreal is much higher than that of Toronto and Vancouver. In addition, of Canada's 33 census metropolitan areas (CMAs), five of Quebec's six CMAs were at near the top of the list for rates of family violence.
Concerned about the urgent need for action, the Peace Network – in collaboration with the Canadian Women's Foundation, the Foundation of Greater Montreal and the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation’s Observatoire des tout-petits, and with the contribution of an advisory committee made up of field experts – organized a multisectoral forum, in order to develop synergies and strengthen collective efforts to help with this form of violence. As a result of this work, the Network published a report containing 12 recommendations related to intervention, legal and judicial services, social policies, prevention, awareness, education and evaluation. In addition, the Network collaborated with key field experts in meeting with various ministers and representatives of the Government of Quebec, in order to share the concerns and recommendations identified through the forum.
Since this issue remains a serious social problem, as reflected once again by findings in Vital Signs 2020, the Network continues to engage in a variety of collaborative projects with partners in the field.
COLLABORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
Read the Forum Report on Violence Against Women and Girls and Its Impact on Children
Consult the Summary Report of the Forum on Violence Against Women and Girls and Its Impact on Children
Read the Peace Network declaration, written as part of the 12 Days of Action on Violence Against Women
Consult the program from the symposium "When Research Meets Practice: Effective Tools for Bullying Prevention"
Consult the results of the symposium “When Research Meets Practice: Effective Tools for Bullying Prevention""
Consult the program for the symposium "Building Caring School Communities: Social-Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention"
Consult the results of the symposium "Building Caring School Communities: Social-Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention"
Read the brief "Building Caring School Communities: Social-Emotional Learning and Bullying Prevention""