Engaging Communities to Prevent Violence Against Women



    Conference Attracts Experts and Front-Line Professionals

    QUEEN'S PARK, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Naomi Judd, country music star and domestic
violence survivor, will be the keynote speaker at a provincially-funded
conference about ending violence against women, Minister Responsible for
Women's Issues Deb Matthews announced today.
    Hosted by the Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region, the conference
will be held in Kitchener from February 25 to 27, 2008. Titled "A Provincial
Conference: Communities Working Together to End Violence Against Women," the
conference will enable police, healthcare, and other front-line workers to
learn about leading-edge approaches for ending violence against women.
    For more information including how to register, visit
www.communitiesworkingtogether.ca
    "Women have a fundamental right to be safe and secure in their own homes
and in their communities," said Matthews. "By helping to prevent violence
against women, we are building stronger, safer communities."

    
    Speakers at the conference will include:

    -   Dr. Peter Jaffe, Academic Director, Centre for Research on Violence
        Against Women and Children
    -   Dr. Michael Kaufman, an expert on engaging men to end violence
        against women and co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign and
    -   Dr. Leslie Tutty, Academic Research Coordinator of RESOLVE Alberta -
        one of three offices of a tri-provincial research institute on family
        violence.
    

    "This conference will go a long way toward enhancing support for women
experiencing violence," said Cathy Brothers, Conference Chair, Family Violence
Project of Waterloo Region. "Our thanks to the Ontario government for
supporting these efforts."
    In addition to this conference, the McGuinty government has helped to
prevent violence against women and children by:

    
    -   Providing more than $190 million annually to violence against women
        services including a four-year $82 million Domestic Violence Action
        Plan that provides community-based supports, public education and
        training, better access to French-language services and strengthens
        Ontario's criminal and family justice systems
    -   Funding $5.9 million over four years for training, research and
        conferences to assist professionals in recognizing the signs of
        domestic violence and providing appropriate supports and referrals
    -   Investing in the Neighbours, Friends and Families public education
        campaign, which provides information to help individuals recognize
        the signs of abuse and know what action to take.

    Disponible en français

                        www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/owd


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         COMMUNITIES WORKING TOGETHER TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
                                 CONFERENCE
    

    The "Communities Working Together to End Violence Against Women
Conference" will be held in Kitchener from February 25 to 27, 2008 at
Bingemans Conference Center. For more information, please visit
www.communitiesworkingtogether.ca.
    The program will include experts and advocates, including:

    Naomi Judd - Keynote Speaker

    Ms. Judd is a member of the Grammy-award winning country western music
group, the Judds. A motivational speaker on domestic violence, she speaks
candidly about her experience in an abusive relationship and about her
struggles as a single mother with no medical insurance, her determination to
earn a nursing degree while raising two daughters single-handedly and becoming
a successful recording artist at 37.

    Dr. Peter Jaffe

    Dr. Jaffe is academic director, Centre for Research and Education on
Violence Against Women and Children and a professor in the Faculty of
Education at the University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the London
Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse. He has co-authored nine books,
24 chapters and over 70 articles related to children, families and the justice
system including Children of Battered Women and Working Together to End
Domestic Violence.

    Dr. Michael Kaufman

    Dr. Kaufman is an educator, writer and trainer on gender equality and
ending violence against women. He has worked with organizations in over 30
countries including extensively with nations as well as numerous governments,
corporations, universities, school boards and non-governmental organizations.
Dr. Kaufman is also the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest
effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. His books on
gender issues include Cracking the Armor: Power, Pain and the Lives of Men;
Beyond Patriarchy: Essays By Men on Pleasure Power and Change; and Theorizing
Masculinities.

    Dr. Leslie Tutty, Academic Research Coordinator of RESOLVE Alberta.

    Dr. Tutty is a full professor with the Faculty of Social Work at the
University of Calgary where she teaches courses in both clinical social work
methods and conducts research that has focused on services for family
violence. Since 1999, she has served as the Academic Research Coordinator of
RESOLVE Alberta, a tri-provincial research institute on family violence.

    
    Disponible en français

                        www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/owd
    




For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications, (416) 314-7010

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