Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services - Social Innovation Project

Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services. Two students collaborating.

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Because Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services (CDVS) exists: Those who encounter crisis can cope with their current circumstances. CDVS supports victims of crime, abuse, and tragedy – enabling the continuum of recovery through rapid response, informed referrals and community partnerships.

Learn more about Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services (CDVS) here!

The Challenge(s)

1) Explore the recent phenomenon that involves persons perpetrating abuse and harm using social media within the context of intimate partner violence. Report on the ways that digital romance plays a part in the abuse of vulnerable populations such as teens and seniors.  Report also on the ways in which abusers in intimate relationships use the internet to harass/stalk their victims.  Please include cyberbullying and its intersections with sexual harassment; sexting, revenge porn, luring and the role of social networking sites and online classified ads and exploitation of children online.

2) Explore the recent literature to determine how to most effectively relay information to different generations including:  Gen Z, iGen or Centennials born 1996 and later; Millennials or Gen Y born 1977 to 1995; Generation X born 1965-1976; Baby Boomers born 1946 to 1964 and Traditionalists or Silent Generation born 1945 or earlier. Report on each generation’s preferred method of communication/receiving information. Report on the best ways to reach, educate and inform each population with a focus on those living in rural or isolated areas.  

3) Examine the current literature to determine domestic sex trafficking trends, victim needs, available funding, available programs and services, effectiveness of those programs and services and identified gaps in programs/services.

The Project

Starting with the Social Innovation Project Launch Day on October 20th, we are looking for a team of up to 12 UTM students to work through these issues and come up with an innovative project plan and budget with this organization based on the challenge(s) they are facing. The Centre for Student Engagement will fund part or all of the project(s) based on the proposal(s).

Over the next 16 weeks, can a group of our UTM students come up with an innovative solution working with this organization? 


Each Social Innovation Project opportunity relates to a theme. The theme(s) for this project include: Children and Youth, Business and Technology Based, Adult and Elderly Support and Health Related.

How Do I Sign Up?

This project is no longer accepting registrations.


For all questions and feedback regarding Social Innovation Projects, please contact:

Michelle Atkinson
Community Engagement Coordinator

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