2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of STOPS to Violence. Over the past 25 years, we have had the opportunity to work with our partners and members from across the province. In the upcoming weeks, we will release a series of video interviews with our partners and members from across the province detailing the history, impact and benefits of STOPS to Violence.
The Vision: So All Can Live a Safe, Secure and Valued Life
The first vision statement for STOPS to Violence was developed in 1994. At that time, the vision of STOPS was ‘People working together in a different and more productive way for the purpose of eliminating violence and abuse for the individual, the family, the community and the nation so that all can live a safe, secure and valued life.’ This hasn’t changed over the years!
Throughout these early years, the group worked on developing a model of partnership and eventually refined one based on the Aboriginal Circle of Life paradigm. This foundation is central to the processes used by STOPS in that it stresses the value of the whole human being as well as the range of needs of the organization, including mental, physical, spiritual and emotional needs. This approach also allows the collective to be fluid in its response to the needs of its members. Ken Crawford has played many roles with STOPS to Violence over the years, including community member, Tasks Committee member and Provincial Coordinator. Learn more about the value of the STOPS structure and process in our interview with Ken.
The STOPS Partnership: Child Find Saskatchewan
The STOPS to Violence partnership is made up of community organizations, government partners, service providers and individuals from across the province. We share the common vision of a healthy, vibrant Saskatchewan where all people are valued equally and live free from violence and abuse.
One of the early members of STOPS to Violence was Child Find Saskatchewan. Child Find Saskatchewan is a provincial, charitable organization that educates and advocates for the protection and rights of children and youth. Child Find also promotes awareness of the issues related to missing persons. Phyllis Hallat, President of Child Find Saskatchewan, describes how being involved with the STOPS to Violence partnership supports their work in our interview with her.
From Our Members
Collaboration with members from across the province is the cornerstone of how STOPS to Violence works. Hear more about how collaboration with STOPS to Violence benefits our members.
A New Way of Working: Partnerships and Relationships
In 1992, a group of concerned people came together to find a way to work differently to address interpersonal violence in Saskatchewan. From this early vision, the Provincial Partnership Committee on Family Violence (PPCFV) was born. The purpose was to develop an approach to facilitate community and government working together to establish priorities and action plans aimed toward the elimination of violence in Saskatchewan. This approach was a new way of working and required a strong vision from the people who were driving this change. Deanna Elias Henry was the initiator of this vision and carried it forward to build what we now know as STOPS to Violence. Learn more about the beginnings of STOPS to Violence in our interview with Deanna.
In the Beginning: Provincial Partnership Committee on Family Violence
Twenty-five years ago, a small group of people had a vision of working differently to address interpersonal violence in Saskatchewan. This work recognized that, historically, government and community worked in isolation to find solutions to family violence. The Provincial Partnership Committee on Family Violence (PPCFV) was developed as an approach to facilitate government and community working together to establish priorities and plan towards the elimination of violence in Saskatchewan. The PPCFV was the origins of what has grown to become STOPS to Violence. Several key people were involved in this early work, one of whom is Becky Wentzell. Learn more about STOPS to Violence in the early years in this interview with Becky!