McGuinty Government Training Teachers To Help Children Exposed To Domestic Violence

    Teachers Given Tools To Identify And Support Students Witnessing Or
    Experiencing Domestic Violence

    TORONTO, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is launching a new
program that will train over 6,000 elementary teachers to recognize and assist
children who are experiencing domestic violence at home, Minister Responsible
for Women's Issues Sandra Pupatello announced today.
    "Kids spend a large part of their days at school, so educators are in a
unique position to offer assistance to children living in violent homes," said
Pupatello. "We know that educators want to help, and now they will have the
tools and training to do just that."
    The government has invested $1.1 million to develop training materials
for elementary school teachers, principals, and counsellors as part of the
four-year Domestic Violence Action Plan. Training will be offered this fall
and includes province-wide facilitators' workshops followed by local training
sessions for educators. It is anticipated that over 6,000 elementary teachers
will participate.
    Resources will also be available to educators through a website,\womanabuse. A separate training program that has been
developed for educators in Ontario French-language elementary schools will be
available later this fall.
    "Key to ending violence against women is involving professionals like
educators who care and want to make a difference in children's lives," said
Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne. "Our government thanks them for their
ongoing commitment to the well-being of students."
    "The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) strongly endorses
this initiative," said Emily Noble, president of the ETFO. "Any and every
effort to prevent and stop domestic violence is important."
    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:

    -   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.
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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; Donna Piasentini, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7012

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