Reblog: Finding a better way to identify children experiencing domestic violence

Shutterstock Natalia Lewis, University of Bristol Around one in five children in the UK have been exposed to domestic violence or abuse between their parents or caregivers. When adults are involved in an abusive relationship, their children bear the consequences. The effects of domestic violence on a child can range from emotional and behavioural problems […]

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VEGA Project: 2017 Year in Review

This was an exciting year for the VEGA Project! Here’s what we’ve been up to: Winter and spring were focused on finalizing our systematic review for identifying and responding to child maltreatment. The Child Maltreatment Evidence Review Group (CM-ERG) evaluated seven GRADE evidence-to-decision (EtD) frameworks, and formulated guidance statements for identification, initial response, and psychosocial […]

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VEGA Staff Involved with World Health Organization (WHO) Child Sexual Abuse Guidance Meeting

From December 7th – 9th, 2016, PreVAiL lead for the VEGA child maltreatment review group, Harriet MacMillan, along with Program Manager, Chris McKee, and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Jill McTavish, attended WHO’s meeting of the Guideline Development Group (GDG) for Responding to Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents, held in Geneva. All three VEGA members were involved […]

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A Message from VEGA’s Knowledge Mobilization Lead

Last month I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the VEGA National Guidance and Implementation Committee (NGIC) meeting in Ottawa. The focus was on the guidance developed following evidence reviews in the areas of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (CE-IPV), and discussions revolved around how to bring this information […]

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Overview: Trauma-and Violence-Informed Care (TVIC)

Access the VEGA TVIC Briefing note here Through its National Guidance and Implementation Committee (NGIC), VEGA is integrating into our educational materials a family violence-specific approach to trauma-and violence-informed care (TVIC). Why TVIC? Services to prevent and mitigate the effects of violence experienced by children and adults must account for their broader life circumstances TVIC calls […]

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VEGA Trainee profile: Jill McTavish

Hi I’m Jill, a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University and trainee with the VEGA project. After completing an undergrad in nutraceutical sciences and gender studies, I decided to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS) at Western University. I saw an information science degree as a way to make an ethical living (providing […]

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VEGA Summer Update

Harriet MacMillan Following a very successful June National Guidance and Implementation (NGIC) Committee meeting in Ottawa, VEGA has been moving ahead with next steps including: An online survey to gather information from NGIC members about educational websites, professional development and certification; Development of curriculum content on mandatory reporting and trauma- and violence-informed care; Ongoing identification […]

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VEGA Activity Update – June 2016

Anita Kothari, VEGA Knowledge Mobilization Lead, and Tracy Robinson The Environmental Scan: A Way to Bring in Practice Guidance One of the on-going VEGA project activities is conducting an environmental scan: What is an Environmental Scan? Environmental scans are useful to identify current practice in the topic of interest. The VEGA environmental scan complements the […]

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VEGA Activity Update – April 2016

Chris Mikton, WHO Technical Officer VEGA Child Maltreatment Group Coordinating Efforts with the World Health Organization (WHO): In order to minimize duplication of effort and to maximize resources, the VEGA CM group is coordinating efforts with WHO in the development of guidance related to prevention of impairment and recurrence associated with child maltreatment. Coordination of […]

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VEGA Activity Update – February 2016

By Jen MacGregor Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (CE-IPV) Evidence Reviews: The Evidence Review Group for CE-IPV is scheduled to meet in early June to examine the final synthesized evidence from reviews completed in two areas: interventions and identification. This meeting will employ the GRADE process (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) to […]

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