In April 2012, SACHA in partnership with the YWCA Hamilton, initiated a project at McMaster University focused on engaging students in the prevention of violence against young women on campus.
Funded by Status of Women Canada, this work has been guided by an on-campus Advisory Committee consisting of students, staff, and faculty representation from diverse areas of campus life.
The project gathered information from different sections of campus and developed an analysis and many strategies for institutional and cultural changes that could prevent violence against young women.
We have listed an overview of the eight recommendations from the project below.
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The establishment of the Violence Against Women Working Group of the President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community.
The implementation of the Sexual, Domestic, and Family Violence Response Protocol.
The appointment of a Sexual, Domestic, and Family Violence Response Coordinator.
The development of sustained partnerships with community organizations in Hamilton that specialize in violence against women, culminating in a Women’s Services Satellite Office on campus.
The implementation of the Campus Community Alert Policy which includes concrete assessment criteria for incidents of sexual or gender based violence that constitute a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community.
The implementation of recommendations to policy made via the It’s Time project regarding the Sexual Harassment Policy and the Student and Residence Codes of Conduct.
The implementation of training on violence against women and gender based violence as a core component of mandatory training for all student leaders, faculty, and staff on campus.
The initiation of an annual, campus-wide education and awareness campaign engaging all aspects of the McMaster community on issues of violence against women and gender based violence.