|Purpose: ||This 24 month project will provide Aboriginal women who have experienced/are at risk of experiencing violence with information, tools and supports to break free from the cycle of domestic abuse. This project will involve three distinct components. First, a pilot project entitled Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS) will be developed. This pilot will consist of a series of workshops focusing on the empowerment of Aboriginal women through culturally-specific life skills training. Topics will include the effects of colonization on traditional family structures, family violence and the law, decision making, affordable/safe housing, accessing resources and creating peer support networks. 50 women will participate in these workshops. Secondly, the project will create a set of interactive tools based on the Medicine Wheel. This will include an Indigenous Womens Personal Empowerment Manual, Facilitators Guide and participant work book. Finally this project will gather input from workshop participants to develop a cultural competency training program. This training program will be delivered to local and regional non-Aboriginal organizations who serve Aboriginal women and their families.