Violence Prevention Program
The Canadian Red Cross has been working to prevent violence, abuse and exploitation in Canada and around the world for over 27 years. Drawing from this experience and expertise, the Canadian Red Cross is working alongside the Haitian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support communities and organizations to mitigate the risks of interpersonal violence and create safer environments.
A four-year Canadian Red Crossprogram has been implemented to prevent violence at the community level by engaging youth, women and displaced individuals in communities where the Canadian Red Cross works, including Léogane, Jacmel, Les Nippes and Port-au-Prince. The program also works to build the internal capacity of the Red Cross to prevent violence that may emerge within the organization and throughout its operations assisting families in Haiti.
Key violence and abuse prevention activities of the program include:
- Radio broadcasts on violence prevention and non-violent conflict resolution;
- Partnering with the French Red Cross to support an organization called Haiti en Scene that provides dance, music and theatre workshops for youth from 10 camps in Port-au-Prince, as well as a study to measure the impacts of these psychosocial activities;
- Providing training to organizations and communities to prevent and mitigate interpersonal violence.