Annual Report 2014-2015

a message from our executive director:

Every decision that HomeFront makes lies at the basis of whether or not it will benefit the clients and families we serve. This year, HomeFront saw a number of purposeful changes that helped solidify the organization as a leader in the domestic violence sector, and establish the most effective intervention and support for our clients.

With HomeFront’s collaborative response to domestic violence, there is an improved coordination and management between systems stakeholders, improved networking, deepening of intersecting sector relationships and powerful advocacy regarding policy and funding for the sector. HomeFront also works to break down systemic and programmatic cultural silos which create barriers to effective, coordinated and integrated responses addressing clients’ needs. Home Front engages stakeholders in a comprehensive strategy designed to increase systemic capacities through issue specific and engagement training. Activities include increasing staff and management interactions through site visits, presentations and orientation opportunities, issue specific training, and inter agency meetings examining existing protocols and systemic improvement discussion. HomeFront will support these discussions with data, policy research, community mobilization, and facilitating the collective actions.

We determined that merging two of our existing programs to create one efficient and focused program would provide a better opportunity for clients to create meaningful relationships with the case managers. Further, we were focused on cultivating and fostering relationships within the community that strengthen our collective impact, and we continued to take meaningful steps to engage all parties involved in the justice process to discuss larger systemic changes that can improve efficiencies, and ultimately positively impact our clients.

This past year, HomeFront concluded the four year strategic plan. In this time, we worked to establish two pilot programs (Domestic Conflict Response Team and High Risk Management Initiative). The success of these pilots resulted in both programs being incorporated into HomeFront’s ongoing program delivery.

In this quest to end domestic violence, HomeFront knows that first and foremost we are stronger when we draw together our resources. We understand that the work within our programs is possible with our partners, funders, donors, and volunteers, and it is through these relationships that we are able to provide a continuum of support for our clients.

As we look to the year ahead, we recognize that there will be hurdles we will need to face in light of the current economic state. With your help, we will be able to overcome these challenges and secure sustainable and dependable financial resources to continue to help the families who need us most.

HomeFront walks the path with our clients, supporting them along the way, wherever their journey leads them. Thank you for walking this path with us, your dedication to HomeFront is making a real and marked difference in the lives of our clients.

Sincerely,
Maggie_Signature

Margaret Stevens
Executive Director

 

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Financial Accounability
Programs 2014-2015

Domestic Conflict Response Team (DCRT)

The Domestic Conflict Response Team is an integrated community-justice program that collaborates with the Calgary Police Service, Child and Family Services and Closer to Home, to provide a timely and effective outreach response for people dealing with chronic and/or high-risk incidents of domestic conflict where criminal charges have not been laid. The DCRT works with families in their homes using a holistic approach in order to interrupt the cycle of abuse in its early stages. The DCRT was seamlessly transitioned from a pilot project, to a city-wide program, and 2014/2015 had its fiscal operating year.

Domestic Violence Intervention and Resource Team (DVIRT)

The Domestic Violence Intervention and Resource Team works in collaboration with the justice system, the police and community partners to support victims as their case is entering the court process, providing support throughout the court proceedings, and beyond if the offender is placed on a community supervision order. They meet clients with where they are at in their journey; advocating, providing resources, and supporting them through what is often a difficult and overwhelming experience.

High Risk Management Initiative (HRMI)

While funding ended for the HRMI project in April of 2014, partners involved in this critical and life-saving initiative acknowledged that the work that was happening had to move forward, and all agreed to continue in-kind to ensure this life saving service wouldn’t end. Collaboration in this initiative is fundamental, and while HomeFront maintains the role as the coordinating body, the partners on board are key to ensuring its successes – and ultimately preventing a domestic homicide.

 

Research & Evaluation

HomeFront invests in its internal capacity to collect data, embeds that capacity throughout its operation structures, which manifests within the client management database created by HomeFront called Frontline. This allows HomeFront to internally manage case files while conducting on-going, real time evaluation by examining both systemic and programmatic processes and outcomes. In so doing, HomeFront fills a critical demand from stakeholders, government and funders for meaningful data that describes in real and rigorous terms, the impacts and improvements the coordinated response to domestic violence is creating. It also allows full participation with other provincial and international evaluations examining domestic violence responses and informing global best practices.

Through its logic model as well as research and evaluation plan, Home Front continuously evaluates program measurements and their outcomes – addressing policy implications and furthering its contributions to the domestic violence knowledge base within both its community of practice and the academic, political and social sciences fields.

Domestic Conflict Response Team

  • Served 2319 adults and 823 children
  • Engaged with clients 77% faster
  • 29,794 referrals made on behalf of clients

Domestic Violence Intervention & Resource Team

  • Served 3357 individual clients, who also had 1731 children
  • 61% of clients reported feeling “very safe” after HomeFront intervention
  • 9,319 referrals made on behalf of clients

High Risk Management Initiative

  • Monitored, intervened and provided risk assessment for 23 high risk offenders
  • Served 40 victims; providing extensive and wrap around services to these individuals, including, emotional support, safety planning, resourcing and intervention.
Board of Directors 2014-2015

Brigitte Baradoy,
Co-Director,
Discovery House

Christine Berry,
Director,
Calgary Counselling Centre

Mavis Clark,
Director,
Community Member

Lauretta Enders,
Director,
Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.

James Hardy,
Director,
Calgary Police Service

Joy Johnson-Green,
Co-Director,
Sonshine Community Services

Erin Lillywhite,
Director,
Sponsorium

Donald W. MacLeod,
Director,
O’Brien Devlin MacLeod

Debra Mauro,
Director,
Albi Homes Ltd.

Maggie MacKillop,
Executive Director,
HomeFront

Naresh G. Nakhid,
Director,
Private Enterprise

Chris Richer,
Director,
Albi Homes Ltd

Lloyd Roberston,
Director,
Crown Prosecutor’s Office

Ken South,
Director,
Community Corrections

Chris Tortorelli,
Director,
Calgary and Area Child and Family Services

Community & Justice Partners 2014-2015

• Alberta Health Services:
– Addiction & Substance Abuse Service
– Mental & Health Services
• Alberta Human Services Alberta Justice
• Alberta’s Prevention of Family Violence & Bullying Initiative
• Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security
• Awo Taan Healing Lodge
• Brenda Strafford Centre
• Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Authority
• Calgary Catholic Immigrant Society
• Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse
• Calgary Counselling Centre
• Calgary Domestic Violence Collective
• Calgary Family Services
• Calgary Humane Society
• Calgary Immigrant Aid Society
• Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association
• Calgary Legal Guidance
• Calgary Outlink
• Calgary Police Commission
• Calgary Police Service:
-Domestic Conflict Unit
-Victim Assistance Unit
• Calgary Sexual Health Centre
• Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
• Canadian Red Cross
• Catholic Family Services

• Cochrane RCMP Detachment
• Cochrane and Area Victim Services
• Community Corrections – Probation
• Community Crisis Society (Strathmore)
• Community Links – Airdrie
• Connect Family & Sexual Abuse Network
• Crown Prosecutor’s Office
• Discovery House
• Distress Centre
• Faithlink
• Forensic Assessment and Outpatient Service
• Foothills Regional Victim Services Calgary
• Immigrant Services Calgary
• Jewish Family Service
• Kerby Rotary House
• Legal Aid Society of Alberta
• Native Counselling Services of Alberta
• Okotoks Healthy Family Resource
• Peer Support Services for Abused Women
• Rowan House Emergency Shelter
• Sonshine Community Services
• Sunrise Native Addiction Services
• Tsuu T’ina Stoney Corrections Society
• Tsuu T’ina Stoney Corrections Victim Services
• Tsuu T’ina Nation – Peacemaker Court
• Western Rockyview Family Community Resource Centre
•Woods Homes
•YWCA of Calgary

Funders 2014-2015

City of Calgary

Crime Prevention Investment Plan

Government of Alberta

Alberta Health Services
Alberta Human Services
Victims of Crime Fund

Foundations

JRG Family Fund at the Calgary Foundation
The Nickle Family Foundation

Corporate Partners

Annapolis Capital Limited
Albi Homes Ltd.
Cenovus Energy
Dunphy Best Blocksom LLP
Graycon Group Ltd.
Mauro Realty Ltd.
Vogel LLP Lawyers

United Way of Calgary & Area

“My case manager came to court with me

a message from our board of directors:

This past year saw a number of positive and innovative changes for HomeFront; new leadership, restructured programming, a solidified new direction and a reenergized passion for our mission of ending domestic violence.

HomeFront utilized this opportunity to re-evaluate and reflect inwards. Assessing program efficiencies determined that merging the Specialized Domestic Violence Court Program with the Partner Support Program would create the most streamline and beneficial program to support our clients.

Margaret Stevens was transitioned into the role of executive director during the year, and began to lead HomeFront in a completely new realm of focus and drive. Due to her remarkable leadership and continued contributions to the area of collaboration and ending domestic violence, Margaret received the Government of Alberta Community Justice Award in the area of Partnerships and Collaborations.

Throughout the last 15 years, HomeFront has taken monumental and groundbreaking steps towards our vision of one day seeing a society free of domestic violence, and in this next year, we plan on taking even bigger steps towards our ultimate goal. We look to this year with great optimism that it will be one of our best yet, and we hope that you will join us in empowering the movement.

We are humbled by the support of the community, determined by the strength of our clients, and grateful for all of our partners, funders, donors, stakeholders, volunteers, staff and fellow board members; thank you for your collaboration, your commitment and for joining us in creating a future free of domestic violence.

Lauretta Enders - Signature

Lauretta Enders
Co-Chair
HomeFront Board of Directors

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Chris Richer
Co-Chair
HomeFront Board of Directors

 

“My experience with HomeFront was