Building Connections: A Group Intervention for Mothers and Children Experiencing Violence in Relationships

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Project at a glance:


To enhance the capacity of CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC projects to identify  and respond to mothers and/or children (birth-6 years) at risk for, or impacted by, family violence or child abuse.


  • To build awareness, capacity and confidence among CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC project staff regarding family violence and/or child abuse
  • To develop a community of practice of certified trainers to deliver the Connections   intervention across Canada through CAPC/ CPNP/AHSUNC sites
  • To deliver the Connections intervention to community-based sites across Canada
  • To translate and disseminate the knowledge developed from this initiative broadly and to a wide range of audiences


Building Awareness, Capacity and Confidence

  • Engage CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC staff in foundational training to build awareness, capacity, and confidence in responding to family violence and child abuse

Train and Support Facilitators

  • Train certified facilitators to deliver the Connections intervention in project sites, and develop a community of practice to support facilitators in the delivery of the intervention

Delivering the Connections intervention

  • Deliver the Connections intervention to 400 participants in 30 CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC sites


  • Evaluation of the intervention and research components will continue in order to assess the implementation, fidelity, engagement, and progression over time



Mothercraft: a multi-service organization serving families with young children birth—6 years through community childcare, community-based early years programs, and early intervention programs for families experiencing complex risks including interpersonal violence and child maltreatment.
PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network): an umbrella network of 122 leading Canadian research scientists and 62 national youth-serving organizations whose mission is to stop bullying in Canada and to promote safe and healthy relationships for all Canadian children and youth.


PREVNet, Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children’s Aid Society, Toronto Public Health, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Hospital for Sick Children, St. Josephs Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, University Health Network-Toronto Western Hospital


Spring/Summer 2017

  • The Building Connections project is currently disseminating its interpersonal violence intervention to select Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), and Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) sites in Campbell River, Terrace, Yellowknife, Sioux Lookout, Sault Ste. Marie, Lanark County, Ottawa, Toronto and Waterloo. Project team members are excited about the new relationships and connections they are establishing when engaging with these sites.

Fall/Winter 2016

  • The Building Connections Project National Training Webinar delivered live on October 13, 2016 is available in English and French on Mothercraft Society’s website:
  • Mothercraft Society is pleased to announce the launch of its Building Connections webpage at, which will be home for all the resources, links and updates that Building Connections will provide to the community-based projects and the public throughout the course of the project.