Intimate Partner Violence Screening

We provide Intimate Partner Violence screening for people in Kitchener-Waterloo and throughout Ontario. We can help identify and safeguard against power imbalances between you and your former partner when you are engaged in collaborative family law, mediation or mediation/arbitration.

What is IPV Screening?

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) screening is used to identify power imbalances between you and your former partner that could compromise the negotiation of your separation agreement or the parenting coordination process.

This screening may be required for anyone who participates in collaborative family law, mediation or mediation/arbitration. The screening assesses each client’s ability to participate in these processes and provides recommendations to the professionals regarding how to address the IPV issues.

The goal of IPV screening is to address concerns about the emotional, mental and physical safety of our clients and mitigate their impact on the design or outcomes of the process. 

What are Power Imbalances?

IPV Screening looks for areas where power imbalances could occur that may compromise the outcomes of the process.

Some examples are:

  • Any form of abuse, violence or intimidation
  • Being denied access to information on topics such as finances, child support, children, or property and assets
  • Personal challenges such as chronic physical illness, mental illness, disability, illiteracy, or lack of access to reliable translation services

How Results are Used

The confidential information from the IPV screening is used to create safeguards for both the process and the potential outcomes.

Examples of practical adjustments during the mediation process may be having clients conduct the meeting from separate rooms or clients having staggered arrival and departure times.

Agreements reached may include specific guidelines like how and where child exchanges are conducted or details around how child or spousal support payments are made.

The screening is done in individual, private meetings and the findings of the IPV are not shared with the other parent. Once complete, a verbal and/or written report of the IPV screening is shared confidentially with the professionals involved.

Child Centred Divorce Services

Parenting Plan Mediation

Mediate your parenting plan and avoid lengthy court proceedings. Our mediators work with you to develop a plan that is child centred while equipping you to minimize conflict in your co-parenting relationship. 

Rebuilding Relationships

We work with parents who believe that it is in their child's best interest to have a meaningful relationship with both parents within the bounds of a healthy and secure parenting approach.

Voice of the Child

We create a safe atmosphere to talk with your child regarding family decisions relating to them. With their views and preferences clarified, parents can make informed decisions with their child's best interests in mind.

Section 30 Assessments

BPW professionals identify and provide an assessment of the needs of your child and make formal recommendations regarding parenting time and decision-making. 

Email Moderator

Our family professionals moderate the content of email communications between parents to faciliate a healthy, business-like co-parenting relationship by ensuring that communication is appropriate and respectful.

Intimate Partner Violence Screening

We provide the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) screening which is required for anyone who participates in mediation with a lawyer, in a collabortive process or with a mediator/arbirtrator.

CCDS Parent Coaching

Receive practical tools to support your child through separation and divorce in terms they can understand. Gain tools to address behaviours and challenges children commonly face during this family transition.

Financial Coaching

Receive practical assistance to understand your new financial reality during separation or divorce while shaping your financial future. Personalized help that makes sense!  

Vocational Evaluations

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