The Psychiatric Disabilities Anti-Violence Coalition (PDAC) is a group of psychiatric survivors, mental health advocates, workers, community members, and researchers; with a purpose to increase the visibility of the broad range of violence experienced by people with psychiatric disabilities, attend to social justice and human rights issues related to violence against psychiatric survivors, create space to discuss our ideas our ideas, and plan actions to respond to the violence experienced by our communities. The coalition partners include Parkdale Community Legal Services, The Empowerment Council, Habitat Services, York University, Ryerson University, Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, and other mental health advocates. PDAC is based out of Toronto, Canada.
The Psychiatric Disabilities Anti-violence Coalition has concluded their project that was funded by the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity And Human Rights Community Grant! “Clearing a Path: A Psychiatric Survivor Anti-Violence Framework“ was launched in December 2015 and is now available for download. Thanks to the grant trustee: Parkdale Community Legal Services. As well as thank-you to the Project working subcommittee: Lucy Costa (Empowerment Council), Andrea Daley (York University), Peggy-Gail DeHal Gunraj (Parkdale Community Legal Services), Chris Persaud (Habitat Services), Danielle Landry (Ryerson University), Stefania Mendolia (Empowerment Council), Jennifer Eng (Toronto Public Health), & Rachel Gorman (York University). To download and read a copy of the report, click here: CLEARING A PATH DEC 2015
promote visibility of, and responses to, the broad range of violence experienced by members of our communities with psychiatric disabilities;
attend to issues related to social justice and human rights (e.g., institutional policy, legislation) as relevant to violence against members of our communities with psychiatric disabilities;
create space (e.g., webpage, networking meetings, forums) for discussing and planning actions/responses to violence against members of our communities with psychiatric disabilities;
encourage and promote exploration of politically and institutionally divergent perspectives and experiences as guided by a shared commitment to the Mission and Values of the Coalition;
support the formation of emergent working groups to develop strategic actions in response to the historical, political, and economic context in which violence is experienced by members of our communities with psychiatric disabilities.