This brief looks at the expected effects on the health of Canadians should a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls, based on the Blueprint as its starting point, be developed and implemented by the Government of Canada and provincial/territorial governments. It analyzes the Blueprint from the point of view of the social determinants of health, of which there are a number of models. This brief primarily draws on the York University social determinants of health model and the key determinants of health outlined by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Our analysis of the Blueprint under the lens of the Social Determinants of Health, bring us to propose that experience of violence/trauma is a social determinant of health in its own right.

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