Public Health Agency funds expansion of CREVAWC initiative

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

With a $2.5 million grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada, The Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at Western’s Faculty of Education has partnered with CAMH Centre for Prevention Science to expand the reach of the well known Fourth R program.

The program is a school-based violence prevention program with demonstrated success in educating students on issues of violence, safe sex choices and healthy peer relationships. Originally developed for grade 9 students, this latest initiative aims to reach grade 8 youth - before they enter high school - as well as to specifically target aboriginal youth. 48 schools in Saskatchewan will pilot the program, as well as schools in the Northwest Territories and Ontario.

Dr. Peter Jaffe, Academic Director of CREVAWC, will be overseeing the evaluation of the parent education and teacher education components of the program.