Sweet Water Foundation is dedicated to the worldwide healing of Child Sexual Abuse. We are strong advocates for child protection with a special focus on the Caribbean, on Indigenous populations, and on the LGBTI and other vulnerable communities. We conduct research, publish findings, develop policy and practice recommendations, provide psychological treatment programs, and design training in psychological approaches to ending gendered inequalities and violence. We incorporate climate change awareness and environment protection in all of our group programming.
Established in 2008 by Hazel Da Breo and Linda J. Butler, other members of the Board of Directors and our Advisory Council, Sweet Water is headquartered in Toronto with a sister agency in Grenada. We work internationally with all levels of government, civil service organizations, and community groups, as well as individuals and corporations.
The Foundation has developed a framework for the delivery of several programs and services which comprise an amalgamation of three methodological frameworks.
Our Social Ecological Model considers the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community and societal factors, as a means to identify and address the factors that put people at risk for experiencing or perpetrating sexual violence.
We also take from the Public Health Model in which the ultimate goal is to stop violence before it begins.
Additionally, we take from Psychodynamic and Depth Psychological traditions in regards to designing and managing healings for both child and adult victims of trauma; both child and adult perpetrators of abuse.
Sweet Water Foundation distinguishes itself by the emphasis it places on Research, Writing, and the Development of a body of Knowledge and Evidence, in regards to what works best in both the prevention and treatment of gendered abuses against vulnerable populations in the Caribbean.
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