Responding to Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is a major form of violence experienced by women everywhere. The Centre provides special care for women and families surviving domestic abuse.
Two staff are specially trained in assisting women surviving domestic violence or stalking to get Protection Orders. Staff also provide crisis counselling and support, assistance with protection planning, help in leaving a domestic violence situation, and setting up a new home.
The Centre offers special programs each November during Family Violence Prevention Month.
Crime Reduction Planning
The Centre facilitates a crime reduction planning process once a month. Community residents meet regularly to plan activities and programs that help make North Point Douglas safer.
The next meeting will be held at the North Point Douglas Women's Centre on November 20th 2013 at 6:00pm. Light snacks will be provided.
Austin Street Festival
An initiative of the Crime Reduction Meetings and co-sponsored by the Winnipeg Police Service, the Austin Street Festival is used as a way to bring neighbours together in a healthy and friendly setting. Austin Street is closed to traffic and open to fun!
Thanks to many generous community partners, the festival is entirely free. It features a stage with live entertainment, a hotdog lunch, kids games and crafts, a dunk tank, and local information booths. Held in August, this event has been running since 2010.
Last year from July to December 2012 a safety survey was answered by North Point Douglas citizens. Some surveys were part of a random house survey within the community and others were answered at community events. Health In Common, a partner of the NPDWC took all the data and analyzed all the information that was gathered. This has proven some really useful information about the concerns community members have and experiences that they have had with crime and with the police.
In March 2013 the NPDWC put on 7 different community conversations. Three took place in different areas of the community. One took place at the Women’s Centre, at Barber House, and at 817 Main. The Youth Outreach Workers held one for the children and youth of the community at Norquay Community Centre. Fliers went to every house in NPD inviting anyone to attend these meetings. An article was also written in The Point.
With lots of work done by one of the NPDWC students, we arranged the information in themes and then drafted a possible safety plan. The draft was then shared with different groups with their ideas to be added. After changes were made, the draft was sent out to everyone on the email list for the Safety and Crime Reduction Meetings, asking for ideas.This is how our Safety Plan for North Point Douglas was created.