The Best Defence Program
Counter-Violence & Advocacy Training
One third of all Canadian workers have experienced domestic violence, and, of those who have, over half of them have had that violence continue into the workplace in the form of harassing phone calls, text messages, emails, the abuser showing up to or near work to continue harassment, and harassment via contact with employers and coworkers (Wathen, MacGregor, & MacQuarrie).
Canadian employers are losing nearly $78 million a year to domestic violence alone, “and the costs, to individuals, families and society, go far beyond that” (Wathen, MacGregor, & MacQuarrie).
Abuse can take many forms, including violence or mistreatment of a physical, sexual, psychological, or financial nature.
Perpetrators of abuse can be intimate partners, family members, dating partners, friends, or other members of a current, former, or transitioning/dissolving relationship of virtually any kind (Public Health Agency of Canada).
82% of victims report a decrease in productivity and 8.5% report losing a job as a result of domestic violence (Wathen, MacGregor, & MacQuarrie). As well, “53% of offenders felt their job performance was negatively impacted, 75% had a hard time concentrating on their work, and 19% reported causing or nearly causing workplace accidents due to their violent relationship” (Wathen, MacGregor, & MacQuarrie).
Despite the fact nearly one fifth of self-reported instances of violence occur in the workplace (Statistics Canada), a victim who is employed is in a better position to escape abuse than one who is not (Canadian Women's Foundation), making employers — knowingly or otherwise — into allies.
Since approximately 12% of Canadian workers have suspected a coworker of abusing someone at home (Wathen, MacGregor, & MacQuarrie), education and training offered through the workplace has the potential to empower peers willing to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions and, conceivably, their rehabilitation.
Counter-Violence & Advocacy Training increases awareness of what interpersonal violence is, empowering teams against violence, exclusion, and counterproductive conflict while creating a more welcoming, inclusive, and safer work environment for everyone.
The Best Defence Program Counter-Violence & Advocacy Training redirects focus from the actions of potential victims, and onto empowering communities against violence, person by person.
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All of the instruction and demonstration were clear, and additional information was always available.”Liz, 25
Excellent. Wow. I have to say it wasn’t only good for the self-defence part, but also for making me more aware of the emotional well being side of things as well. Thanks.”Richard, 28
I enjoyed the day. All the techniques were practical and seem flexible enough to be used in the real world.”Ryan, paramedic
I just finished taking part in the Basic class for the second time and was surprised at how easy it was to get through it! My goal is to become a full-fledged instructor some day because I believe nobody should be without this!”Barb, 33
The skills I have learned from Gary over the last ten years have enabled me to maintain a tactical advantage during various use of force situations. Gary is an excellent teacher who is enthusiastic in his teaching and practical in the applications of the skills he teaches. I consider myself a better peace officer and person for having learned from Gary and lucky to be able to call him my friend.”Constable Keith W. Ryzowski, RCMP Fort Chippewayan, Alberta