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.