Invitation to Responsibility-Fostering Respectful Relationships
A proven method that encourages better role models to break the cycle of domestic violence.
The Men’s Working Group for Respectful Relationships is one of the sanctioned programs under the Program Option of the Saskatoon Domestic Violence Court. Men who plead guilty to a domestic violence charge in that court and who are assessed as eligible for programming by the Ministry of Justice, as well as men who are sentenced to undertake programming after having been found guilty, may present themselves to Family Service Saskatoon for admission into the Men’s Working Group for Respectful Relationships. The program is also open to men who wish to self-refer.
Helping men become responsible, caring partners and fathers.
The Men’s Working Group for Respectful Relationships makes a real difference in establishing a culture of respect and safety for women, men and children. Not only does the program affect the people enrolled in the program, but all those who cross paths with the individuals. The program aids in developing a culture among men that can then be brought into the community.
creating safety in one’s relationships with other men
re-authoring identity through a definition of values
defining abuse, which includes an analysis of gender and its relationship to abuse, as well as an exploration of types of abuse
taking responsibility and an exploration of distractions that lead away from taking responsibility
relapse prevention by studying the processes in which violence escalates and de-escalates, and by specifically studying past incidents of abuse
development of skills in perspective-taking and empathy
listening and sharing skills
healing and repairing, after abuse
Weekly homework assignments provide opportunities for the men to consider these themes, before and/or after the pertinent group sessions. Men are presented with a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program.
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Through the reported data and methodology by the Canada Centre for Policy Alternatives, they estimate
9,623 incidents of intimate partner violence over the last five years in Saskatoon
McInturff, K. (2016). The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2016: The Gender Gap in Canada's 25 Biggest Cities. The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
We Need your Help
Men who want to reconnect with their values of respect and integrity, and change their behaviours, might not have the opportunity to do so if this program no longer existed.
Through your support, you can make a real difference in protecting women and children, and help to prevent domestic violence.
All donors to the Foundation will receive a notice of the Annual General Meeting along with an email (or mailed, by request) report on the work of the Organization, including the Men’s Working Group for Respectful Relationships. Donors excluding those who wish to remain anonymous, will be recognized in this report.
Donors will receive a receipt from the Foundation as a registered Canadian charity, which can be used for income tax purposes.
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