WORKING TO END VIOLENCE PARTNERSHIP
ABOUT THE WORKING TO END VIOLENCE (WTEV) PARTNERSHIP
Saskatchewan has the unfortunate distinction of having the highest rate of domestic violence among the Canadian provinces.
To address this concern, three provincial organizations – the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan, the SaskSPCA, and STOPS to Violence – work collaboratively to address Saskatchewan’s high rates of domestic violence with an aim at ensuring safety for the whole family, including pets.
HOW ARE WE HELPING?
PET CARE KITS FOR
The WTEV Partnership is pleased to provide start-up pet care kits to IPV shelters and transition houses that wish to co-shelter dogs and cats with clients.
Each kit will include the essential supplies for a dog or cat.
While we cannot eliminate the stress experienced by someone leaving an abusive situation, we can try to make things easier by providing access to a pet care kit. These kits will ensure that shelters can provide a safe place for victims of abuse and their pets to co-shelter.
WHO CAN ACCESS A
PET CARE KIT?
Pet care kits are available to emergency shelters and transition houses in Saskatchewan on a first come, first served basis.
We ask that the kits be used for pets co-sheltering at an IPV shelter. Once a kit is received and a pet has used it, the shelter may choose to keep the kit for use by a future shelter user or gift the equipment to the survivor as they transition out of the shelter and into their new home.
The kits do not have to be returned to the Partnership at any time.
ESTABLISHING THE SASKATCHEWAN
The Saskatchewan Co-sheltering Network (SCN), is a provincial coalition of domestic violence shelters interested in pet-friendly housing.
The SCN meets six times yearly to provide education and support for domestic violence shelters and transition houses interested in offering on-site pet care.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) is the member association for agencies that provide intimate partner violence services across Saskatchewan. Our members are women’s shelters (also known as domestic violence shelters, safe shelters, transition houses, or interval houses), second-stage shelters, and counselling centres that offer counselling and support to survivors of IPV.
We represent agencies who work daily with women, men, and children who have experienced, perpetrated or been exposed to violence in the home. We provide a unified voice for our members and are regularly consulted by the media and legislators for input on issues related to violence against women. PATHS’ vision is a society free from violence. PATHS’ mission is to collaborate with PATHS members and to provide research, program development, awareness, and education on interpersonal violence to all.
The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SaskSPCA) is the voice for animals and their people in Saskatchewan.
We are a non-profit organization and advocacy group, dedicated to the ongoing improvement of animal lives across the province. We work in collaboration with animal welfare organizations, human service agencies, and other partners in order to improve the lives of animals and their people.
Today, we are one of 17 unique and autonomous SPCAs and Humane Societies in the province working with a common goal to improve the welfare of animals. Through collaboration, education, empathy, compassion, and respect for our animals, we seek to develop new legislation, programs, and services and continue our pursuit of a Saskatchewan free from cruelty and inhumane treatment.
The Saskatchewan Towards Offering Partnership Solutions (STOPS) to Violence Network is a dynamic cross-sectoral network that works collaboratively and through consensus to take collective action to prevent and reduce interpersonal and gender-based violence and abuse in Saskatchewan.
We are network partners made up of community organizations, government partners, service providers and individuals from across the province. Through partnerships, we provide support, information, and share resources to communities across the province to foster healthy, resilient individuals and families and peaceful communities.
We believe in the value of a network approach to social change and so, intentionally invest in network development and governance as well as systems leadership to strengthen impact of collaborative action.