PINS (Post-Incident Neighbourhood Support Networks) provides supports immediately following the response to a critical incident, the Network mobilizes existing local resources to address individual/group needs, coordinates community discussions, and facilitates timely information sharing.   Ultimately, these networks are intended to aid in reducing distress and restore cohesion, and ultimately reduce fear, assist in recovery, and build community resiliency.   As a community-led approach, this Framework builds on community development principles, including:  

 

  • Enhance natural capacities and networks

  • Community ownership

  • Community self determination

  • Social justice and equity

  • Universality

  • Service integration

 

Specifically, the framework provides the link into neighbourhood and city-wide resources and assets, which include the mobilization of community health and resource centres, community housing, victim services, municipal services, faith communities, private landlords, and local residents.  

This Framework stems from the work of the Ottawa Gang Strategy Steering Committee under the leadership of the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres.  It does not limit its use to gang related incidents as it can benefit a community experiencing trauma following a criminal incident, regardless of the cause.