Discretionary Programs

Each year, FYSB funds a range of discretionary programs coordinated by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. These programs aim to:

  • Improve the prevention and intervention of domestic violence, dating violence and family violence
  • Enhance available support and resources for victims and their children
  • Ensure that services are accessible
  • Foster practice changes within the domestic violence field
  • Support research and data collection on the incidence of domestic violence, dating violence and family violence
  • Enhance public awareness of issues related to domestic violence including the life-time health impact, advocacy within culturally specific communities, and the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment

Past initiatives have worked to:

  • Enhance services for children exposed to domestic violence
  • Improve coordination of services for runaway and homeless youth experiencing dating violence
  • Eliminate barriers to service for victims of domestic violence with mental health and trauma issues as well as other specialized needs
  • Expand leadership opportunities in the domestic violence field for people from underrepresented groups