We invite you to complete a short online survey before participating in the Building Connections webinar training. Your participation will contribute to our research on the effectiveness of the Building Connections initiative. The goal of this initiative is to improve the awareness of interpersonal violence (IPV) within community programs and to increase the confidence and capacity of those who respond to IPV and child maltreatment. By participating in this assessment, you will help us improve the effectiveness of training for those who provide service for children and families across Canada. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes. 

The topic of IPV may be challenging for some. If you feel uncomfortable during the webinar training or while completing the survey, we recommend that you contact your primary health care provider. You can also visit www.yourlifecounts.org/need-help/crisis-lines for crisis helplines in your area. Your participation in this research is completely voluntary and you can withdraw at any point during or after the survey without penalty. If you withdraw, you are still welcome to participate in the webinar training. Refusal to participate, refusal to answer any particular questions or withdrawal from the study will not affect your relationship with the researchers, York University or any other group associated with this research project. We are requesting your email address to link responses from surveys before and after the webinar training; however, we want to assure you that confidentiality will be provided to the fullest extent possible by law. All information will be stored electronically on a password protected computer, without personal identification, and available only to research staff. Data will be securely stored for 10 years, after which it will be destroyed. This research has received ethics review and approval by the Human Participants Review Sub-Committee, York University’s Ethics Review Board and conforms to the standards of the Canadian Tri-Council Research Ethics guidelines. If you have any questions about this research, please contact Dr. Debra Pepler, York University, Toronto by email: pepler@yorku.ca or by phone: 416 736-2100, ext 66155.

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