McGuinty Government Training Front Line Health Workers To Support Victims Of Domestic Violence

    Emergency Personnel Given Tools To Detect Early Signs Of Abuse

    STRATFORD, ON, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is launching an
innovative training program so that Ontario emergency room doctors and nurses
will be better able to detect the early signs of domestic violence, Minister
Responsible for Women's Issues Sandra Pupatello today announced.
    "Doctors and nurses are often the first to see the physical signs of
domestic violence when women seek medical attention," said Pupatello. "That's
why we are launching a program that will help emergency room staff recognize
the signs of abuse and provide victims with the appropriate support and
    Women's College Research Institute will be implementing the online
training program, which consists of animated scenarios that will help doctors
and nurses increase their knowledge about domestic violence, its health
impacts and how best to help women who may be abused.
    Each of Ontario's emergency departments will be offered an orientation
session beginning in the Fall of 2007. Participants will then be ready to
complete the online training session, at home or in the hospital.
    The $1 million in funding for the program comes from the government's
four-year Domestic Violence Action Plan.
    "This is an excellent initiative that will help emergency departments
better understand and support women who are victims of domestic violence in
our community," said Minister of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman.
    "With this training, doctors and nurses can improve on how they would
respond to a domestic violence situation in a way that recognizes their
demanding schedules," said Andrew Williams, CEO Huron Perth Healthcare
Alliance. "Our thanks to the Ontario government for funding such an important

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

    -   Investing 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.
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    -   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.

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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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