McGuinty Government Training French-Language Educators To Help Children Exposed To Domestic Violence

    Help For Educators To Identify And Support Students Exposed To Domestic

    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is launching a new
program that will train more than 5,000 educators in Ontario's French-language
school system to recognize and assist children who are exposed to domestic
violence, Minister Responsible for Women's Issues Sandra Pupatello announced
    "Educators are in a unique position to offer assistance to children
living in violent homes because kids spend a large part of their days at
school," said Pupatello. "Educators have said they want to help, and now they
will have the training and the tools to do just that."
    Research shows that children exposed to domestic violence are at
increased risk for emotional and behavioural problems that may compromise
their ability to learn and get along with others at school.
    The government has invested $211,000 over two years to develop regional
and school-based workshops and training materials for representatives of
Ontario's 290 French language elementary schools. Regional workshops and
on-line training will be offered this fall to principals, vice-principals,
school board social workers and school superintendents. The workshops will be
followed by school-based sessions for teachers and support staff.
    These resources will be available on-line at
    A separate training program has been developed for educators in Ontario's
English-language elementary schools. Resources will also be available to
educators at\womanabuse.
    "Through this training, teachers will be better equipped to support their
students," said Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne. "They will also know
when and how to seek help from others in the community."
    "L'Association des directions et directions adjointes des écoles
franco-ontariennes (ADFO) is pleased to support this initiative," said Serge
Plouffe, director general of ADFO. "Preventing and stopping the violence is
crucial to the well being of our students."

    This funding is just one more example of how the McGuinty government,
working together with community partners, has achieved results in preventing
violence against women and their children:

    -   Spending more than $190 million annually to provide violence against
        women services across government. This includes more than $82 million
        in new funding over four years to the Domestic Violence Action Plan
        to provide better community-based supports, implement public
        education and training strategies, strengthen Ontario's criminal and
        family justice systems response, and provide better access to French-
        language services
    -   Funding $5.9 million over four years for training, research and
        conferences to assist professionals in recognizing the signs of
        domestic violence and provide appropriate supports and referrals
    -   Launching the Equality Rules public education campaign, which teaches
        youth ages eight to 14 about healthy, equal and respectful
        relationships to help break the cycle of violence before it starts.
        For more information, visit
    -   Investing in the Neighbours, Friends and Families public education
        campaign, which provides information to help individuals recognize
        the signs of abuse and know what action to take. Public service
        announcements, a website (,
        brochures, a poster and wallet cards are available as part of the
        education campaign.

    Disponible en français


For further information:

For further information: Kathleen Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-0362; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010

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