Research

Guided by the Advisory Committee and with the support of community-based partner organizations, this research included gathering information from 38 personal interviews with individual Inuit women with lived experience as well as seven focus groups consisting of Inuit and non-Inuit service providers.

Interviews were held in seven communities in Nunavut: 

  • Iqaluit,
  • Kingait (Cape Dorset),
  • Pangnirtung,
  • Kugluktuk,
  • Cambridge Bay,
  • Rankin Inlet and
  • Arviat.  

The information gathered explored what elements of FAIA are working well, as well as what kind of legal barriers may exist and what legal needs may be unmet with respect to family violence.

Key findings from the research included:

  • Role of Inuit society
  • Impacts on family members and relationships
  • Alcohol and drugs as contributing to family violence
  • Implementation of FAIA provisions Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs) and Community Intervention Orders (CIOs)
  • Trust
  • Additional supports and follow up needed:
    • Emergency housing or shelters for both abusers who may be ordered out of the home as well as for women and children fleeing violence
    • Information about assistance available under FAIA as well as other programs to be provided at shelters and community spaces
    • More programs to be provided to meet the specific needs of women and children
    • Inuit-specific healing services and wellness programs
    • Family support and social workers with appropriate trauma-informed, culturally sensitive training who can provide follow up to family members.

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