Provincial Conference On Violence Against Women

    McGuinty Government Committed To Making Women Safer

    KITCHENER, ON, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - A three-day provincially-funded conference
is bringing together 850 police, health care and community workers to help end
violence against women.
    "We all have a responsibility to end violence against women," said
Minister Responsible for Women's Issues Deb Matthews. "No one organization, no
single government, no particular sector can end domestic violence. We must
work together to address the causes, identify at-risk women early and give
them the appropriate supports and referrals."
    The conference - which opened in Kitchener today - is Ontario's second
provincial conference on violence against women. The first in 2005 helped lead
to the creation of Kitchener-Waterloo's Family Violence Project, the host of
this year's conference.
    The conference in Kitchener is focusing on the causes of domestic
violence, identifying the signs of abuse and providing better services to
victims. Workshops will help front-line workers from a variety of agencies and
organizations learn about leading-edge approaches and opportunities to work
together to end violence against women.

    Keynote speakers include:
    -  Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General
       of Canada
    -  Irshad Manji, feminist, activist, journalist and author of The Trouble
       with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
    -  Brian Vallée, author of Life With Billly and The War on Women
    -  Dr. Linda Chamberlain, health scientist specializing in childhood
       exposure to violence

    "This conference is building a community network across our province,"
said Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
Leeanna Pendergast. "It reflects our shared determination to eliminate
violence against women."

    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


For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's Office, Tel: (416)
212-3394, Cell: (416) 459-9110; Michel Payen-Dumont, Ministry of Citizenship
and Immigration, Tel: (416) 314-7010, Cell: (416) 993-9200

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