What if we could stop violence before it started?

Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network - PREVNet (NCE-KM)


The challenge: Despite having a reputation of inclusion and tolerance, Canada ranks in the bottom third of 28 developed countries for preventing bullying and victimization. A big part of the challenge is that not all adults are equipped to teach kids how to create healthy relationships. Organizations that train adults in supervising and monitoring kids also need to include evidence-based relationship training.

The response: PREVNet, the Canadian Red Cross, Scouts Canada and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBS) created the Healthy Relationships Training Module (HRTM). These workshops, exercises, handbooks and evaluation tools have reached more than 1.1 million youth in Canada. HRTM was adapted and implemented in Alberta to prevent domestic violence before it starts. Work is now underway to adapt HRTM for other regions, including Indigenous communities in Northern Alberta.

The need for an evidence-based ‘101’ on Healthy Relationships in Alberta is great, and our partnership with PREVNet to scale the HRTM across the province helps us to meet that need by getting people to talk about and start practicing skills that are critical to supporting youth healthy relationships. Prof. Lana Wells, Project Leader, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary