The Shape Your Life boxing program will help improve physical and mental health of survivors of family violence TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2016 /CNW/ - Approximately one in three women in Canada experience partner violence. Recognizing this as a serious health issue, the Government of Canada remains committed to ending family violence and all forms of gender-based violence. Today, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, Kamal Khera, and the President of Brock University, Tom Traves, announced support for Shape Your Life, a trauma-informed boxing program to help improve the mental and physical health of female and trans survivors of family violence. This announcement marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the start of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Canada. ShapeYour Life is based on a 'trauma-informed' approach to public health, which creates an environment of safety, control and respect, and avoids re-traumatizing, shaming or stigmatizing survivors. This program will be offered at the Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club. Brock University researcher Cathy van Ingen, a national leader in trauma-informed research, is the driving force behind this important and innovative program. Family violence has immediate and long-lasting health and social consequences for individuals, families, communities and society. It can range from physical abuse to emotional abuse and neglect, and can lead to health issues such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress injuries, chronic illnesses and even a shorter life expectancy. Public health interventions can play a role in preventing and responding to family violence by supporting healthy relationships and promoting the health of survivors.