Our History

Waterloo Region has a long history of working together and developing relationships across sectors to support community members. In that spirit, the Family Violence Project (FVP) of Waterloo Region was launched in March 2006 with the purpose of providing a co-located, multi-service, multi-sectoral response to family violence. The FVP was the first of its kind in Canada and has since inspired the development of several “family violence hubs” across Canada. Many of the partners who joined in 2006 are still partners in the FVP!

The cornerstones of the FVP were inspired by the Ontario Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee recommendations.


Cornerstone 1


Make community programs accessible to ensure victim safety and reduce offender risk.

Cornerstone 2

Awareness and Education

Help the public and professionals understand the signs of abuse and the importance of reporting what they observe.

Cornerstone 3

Assessment and Intervention

Give professionals the tools to better assess the potential for lethal violence in domestic situations.

Cornerstone 4


Always seek out research-supported interventions and approaches to help victims and their families heal.

Vision & Mission


Increasing the safety and wellbeing of our diverse community by reducing family violence.


The Family Violence Project exists to provide a community-based response to family violence, with wrap around services in a single location, focusing on support, advocacy, prevention, education and awareness.



Working together in collaboration and partnerships with trust, honesty and respect for each agency’s scope.


Providing barrier free services by demonstrating an understanding of intersectionality and respect for diversity, equity and inclusion.


Putting families at the centre of healing by delivering trauma informed, identity affirming and holistic services.


Progressive and agile delivery of services based on individual, family and community need.