How can community-university engagement address family violence prevention? One child at a time.

Linda DeRiviere


Family violence in Indigenous communities is one of the most pressing policy challenges of our times. This issue is highly related to the stressors caused by the disadvantaged socio-economic circumstances of Indigenous peoples, such as poverty and unemployment, and community trauma attributed to colonization and a loss of culture. This article is a case study based on the evaluations of four community-university engagement initiatives for Indigenous children, youth, and their families at a small inner-city university. It documents six principles for policy development used to engage students in their education and to begin to perceive themselves as high school and post-secondary graduates. These programs are just a few examples of how a small inner-city university took an imaginative community development approach to promoting social change, with each program tantamount to an anti-violence strategy.


Indigenous students; family violence; community-university engagement; culturally-inclusive education; evaluation; high school completion; cost analysis;

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