Vivien Green (Ontario)

Vivien Green

Vivien Green has a Master’s in Social Work, specializing in community development, and for most of her career has worked in the community to promote ways to better protect the safety of women and hold abusers accountable.  Vivien has lived and worked in Toronto and northwestern Ontario.  As Executive Director of the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto (currently Woman ACT) for 16 years, Vivien was actively involved in coordination, policy and planning initiatives to improve the systemic response to woman abuse. Key successes included Health Best Practice Guidelines on Woman Abuse, accepted by the Ontario Hospital Association, an inter-disciplinary High-Risk Consult Team for woman abuse cases, and a series of court watch initiatives that highlighted problems in the criminal justice response to woman abuse. Vivien was actively involved in the development of the Ontario specialized domestic violence courts including the creation of a coordinated intake and referral system for batterer’s or Partner Abuse Response programs. Vivien was a member of the Joint Committee on Domestic Violence, a government- community group that developed recommendations after the May- Iles Inquest and a member of the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, for its first 12 years. Vivien was a founding member of WomenatthecentrE, a unique survivor led organization and has been the Chair of the Board of Directors of Counterpoint Counselling and Educational Cooperative, a PAR Program. Vivien currently is the Program Director at North York Community House where programming is largely focussed on community development with immigrants and refugees.