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  Let's Talk About Family Violence

Apr 16, 2014 16:05 ET

For the first time, a major provincial conference focusing on preventing family violence is coming to Durham Region.

Chief Constable Mike Ewles and Regional Chair Roger Anderson joined multiple community partners to announce that the Impact of Family Violence: A South Asian Perspective (FVC 2014) is coming to Oshawa next month.

The Social Services Network organizes the conference each year and is working with more than 25 community partners on this conference, scheduled for May 14th & 15th at Durham College/ UOIT in north Oshawa.

FVC 2014 is part of a five-year initiative developed to understand the specific nature, systems and complex cultural and family dynamics that pose barriers and challenges to preventing and responding to abuse when it occurs in South Asian families. The conference will connect the diverse South Asian population with key sectors and mainstream service providers involved in violence prevention and response. Family violence is not unique to South Asian families, but the culture is unique and a multi-partner approach is needed.

Also attending the media launch event on April 16 at Headquarters were: Michael Bowe & Dr. Naila Butt, Co-chairs of the conference; Naushad Hirji, Board Chair of the Social Services Network; Dr. Nawal H. Ammar, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Criminology, Justice and Policing Studies at UOIT; and Dr. Susan Sproul, Dean of the School of Health & Community Services at Durham College.

Dr. Ammar praised the participation of the DRPS and Chief Mike Ewles for endorsing and supporting the initiative and being in the frontlines every day in the fight to end family violence.

"If we don't have police officers committed to this issue, we have nothing" she said.

If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to attend the event, please contact Meccana Ali, Coordinator of the Conference, at 1-855-254-6104 or Follow along on Twitter at: #SSNFVC.

Below are attached files.
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Chair Anderson Addresses the Audience (JPG file, 138.7K bytes)
Dr. Ammar Speaks (JPG file, 192.9K bytes)
Community Partners Gather Together (JPG file, 219.9K bytes)
Chief Ewles Lends His Support (JPG file, 135.3K bytes)