Interpersonal Violence and Parenting

Building Connections: Supporting Community-Based Programs to Address Interpersonal Violence and Child Maltreatment

The goal of the Building Connections initiative was to enhance the capacity of service providers in Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), and Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (AHSUNC) to identify and respond to mothers and young children experiencing interpersonal violence and child maltreatment.

In addition to developing and delivering resources and training to community based projects across Canada on ways to respond to interpersonal violence and child maltreatment using trauma-informed and relational approaches, the initiative involved training facilitators from over 30 of these projects to deliver Connections: A Group Intervention for Mothers and Children Experiencing Violence to mothers in their communities.

This project was funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of an initiative called “Supporting the Health of Victims of Domestic Violence Through Community Programs.” The Building Connections initiative is led by Margaret Leslie and is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Debra Pepler, Dr. Mary Motz, and Mothercraft’s Breaking the Cycle program.

For more information on the Building Connections Initiative, click here.

Click on the two images below to read the Building Connections final reports:

Andrews, N. C. Z., Motz, M., & Pepler, D. J. (2020). A national implementation of a community-based intervention for mothers experiencing violence in relationships. Journal of Family Psychology. doi:

Andrews, N. C. Z., Motz, M., & Pepler, D. J. (2020). Developing and testing a readiness tool for violence prevention partnerships with community-based projects. Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 1715-1731. doi:

Andrews, N. C. Z., Pepler, D. J., & Motz, M. (2019). Research and evaluation with community-based projects: Approaches, considerations, and strategies. American Journal of Evaluation, 40, 548-561. doi: