Who We Are
Changing Ways supports men to stop their abusive behaviour in their relationships, and challenges them to take an active role in preventing woman abuse. The agency is a model in the larger community, working in partnership with others who are committed to ending violence against women.
The agency’s philosophy is that sexism is inherent in the power imbalance that contributes to violence against women. Gender systems continue to privilege and enable men to exercise control over women in their primary relationships. Changing Ways is committed, on all levels, to a feminist model in an effort to eradicate woman abuse, and to changing the value systems that perpetuate inequality.
Changing Ways was started in 1982 as a result of a research project and two dedicated probation and parole officers efforts. The research recommended the development of a program for men as part of an integrated community response to violence against women. It became an incorporated not-for-profit social service agency in 1986, and was granted funding through the Ministries of Corrections and Community and Social Services and the United Way.
With ongoing statistical research proving the efficacy of the program in the significantly lower levels of both verbal and physical abuse, Changing Ways has, for more than three decades, contributed to the shift in attitudes and values surrounding woman abuse. The program has evolved in order to accommodate increased demands for service, and branched out with programs like Caring Dads.
Through public education and community leadership, Changing Ways has taken a leadership role in engaging men to take responsibility in their relationships, and to work in partnership with other violence against women organizations to create safe homes and safe communities.
Andrea Topham and Annalise Trudell -Co-Chairs
Ryan Mackay – Secretary/Treasurer
Kate Wiggins - Director
Patrick Phillipson - Director
Ken Mensah - Director
Susan Dill - Director (Past Chair)
Jacob Demstra - Director
Metasbiya Kebede - Director
Tim Kelly - Executive Director
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