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Violence Prevention Program

The Canadian Red Cross has been working to prevent violence, abuse and exploitation in Canada and around the world for nearly 30 years. Drawing from this experience and expertise, it is working alongside the Haitian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support communities and organizations to mitigate the risks of interpersonal violence and create safer environments.

Implemented after the earthquake, the four-year Canadian Red Cross program aimed to prevent violence in the community by engaging youth, women and displaced individuals in communities where the Canadian Red Cross works, such as Léogane, Jacmel, Les Nippes and Port-au-Prince. The program also aimed to build the Red Cross’ internal capacity to prevent violence that may emerge within the organization and during its operations assisting families in Haiti.

The Red Cross reached more than 420,000 people through violence prevention activities such as:

  • Airing radio broadcasts on violence prevention and non-violent conflict resolution;
  • Partnering with the French Red Cross to support an organization called Haïti en Scène 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;
  • Disseminating the Canadian Red Cross 10 Steps to Creating Safe Environments in schools.