About

Philosophy:

The Sarnia-Lambton Coordinating Committee on Violence Against Women recognizes the importance of a systems perspective in establishing an integrated response to violence against women. The committee believes that we all have a responsibility to work toward the elimination of violence. This responsibility extends beyond the clients we serve, to a traditionally patriarchal society and its attitudes towards women. We must work toward changing socialization patterns and attitudes that underlie and perpetuate violence against women. Our commitment to educate, advocate and coordinate service will result in a practical application of “zero tolerance” to violence.

Objectives:

  • To foster a united effort among professional agencies and organizations in order to promote community awareness and professional responsibility regarding the issues of violence against women.
  • To coordinate and promote public and professional education regarding the issues of violence against women.
  • To ensure that concrete and consistent information is available about agencies working to reduce violence against women.
  • To identify the possible existing service gaps in the services for victims and offenders.
  • To participate and/or support research projects looking at the area of violence against women.
  • To act as a resource to the community regarding violence against women.
  • To review/support community initiatives and grant applications for a collaborative community approach.
  • To review/adopt an advocacy role based on recommendations from the Advocacy Committee.
  • To utilize the media to promote the above objectives.
  • To work towards the primary goal of “zero tolerance”.

Membership:

The membership shall be composed of service providers and those who are representative of the Sarnia-Lambton community and who are committed to the prevention of violence against women and children. Membership shall consist of persons representing the criminal justice system, health, clergy, education and social service organizations. It is expected that members participate on sub-committees so that we enhance the working of the committee. Voluntary membership fees may be requested periodically to allow committee objectives and work to proceed.