Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses
The Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) is a 77 member-based coalition made up of first stage women shelters, second stage housing programs and community-based women’s organizations across the province. Together, we work towards eliminating violence against all women in Ontario. Our initiatives to reach our collective goal include; training and resource development, advocacy, public awareness, and government relations to improve social policies that impact women and their children.
In 2018 the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH) received funding from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, through Ontario’s Senior Strategy, to lead a 4-year training and resource project focused on ending violence against older women in Ontario (Jan. 2018- March. 2021).
The Aging Without Violence (AWV) project is guided by an inter-sector provincial advisory including stakeholders with expertise in violence against older women, public education, service provider training, research, and improved community responses.
Goals of the AWV project include:
Showcasing existing responses, programs and research in the area of older women who’ve experienced violence
Providing opportunities to connect across the VAW, health, residential care, housing sectors
Identifying gaps in service delivery, resources, systems and research to inform specific service provider training
Overall, the project will promote a holistic approach and an integrated response in the development of service provider training to address violence against older women in Ontario, in addition to the following principles:
Choice and & Self Determination
Safety and Security
The overall aim of the project is to enhance responses and advocacy efforts when supporting older women impacted by violence, in alignment with Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.