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Assess the availability of resources

Together, partners may have many more resources than on their own. A police station might have a crime prevention budget while a women’s organization might have a library on gender and safety. An urban planning department might have an expert on transportation accessibility while a local resident might have advertising skills. Making a list of everything that each partner can commit to contributing will help partnerships assess what they can realistically achieve (WICI, 2007, 17 – 18). For example, if there is a municipal safety initiative in your community, work to establish a partnership and develop a component of that initiative that deals with violence against women. In Canada, for example, the Ottawa Crime Prevention Council opened a violence against women branch.