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The Outreach Project

In partnership with the Inner City Women’s Initiatives Society and UBC School of Nursing, the Capacity Research Unit received funding from the Vancouver Foundation to pursue an innovative project aimed at promoting access to care for women affected by intimate partner violence (IPV).

The Inner City Women’s Initiatives Society has a long history in community outreach and service delivery to women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Their philosophy of women-led service delivery recognizes women as experts of their own lives. Their expertise, commitment and passion to the women they serve is integral to the success of this project and the Capacity Research Unit is very excited to partner and learn from them. 

The Team

This project is being co-led by Dr. Vicky Bungay and Linda Dewar, Inner City Women’s Initiatives Society Executive Director. The team includes an expert advisory comprised of community members, service organizations and researchers.

The Aim

This project will pilot an innovative trauma and violence informed outreach intervention with the aim of promoting access to support services among highly isolated and vulnerable women experiencing intimate partner violence in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The Approach

This project will adopt a participatory action research (PAR) approach involving researchers, health and social service leaders/staff and women experiencing IPV. The team will build on the capacity of current services to learn if and how integrating a trauma informed approach to outreach services facilitates women’s connections with health and social services and improves service coordination to address the populations’ needs.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Vicky Bungay