Diverse Voices
Conference
November 14-15, 2018
Edmonton, Alberta
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Full Conference For Wednesday and Thursday

Coffee Break

Lunch

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Registration cannot be shared by multiple people

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Program

18th Annual Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference
November 14 – 15, 2018
Evening Event – November 13, 2018
Day 1
13 Nov 2018
Day 2
14 Nov 2018
Day 3
15 Nov 2018
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast

Keynote Address– Michael Kaufman (COUNT ME IN! HOW WE CAN ENGAGE MEN TO SUPPORT GENDER EQUALITY AND END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN)

This is an incredible moment: years of hard-slogging by women’s organizations, social service agencies, first responders and others to raise awareness about violence against women and to bring the violence...
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Michael Kaufman
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break/Networking

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

WORKING WITH FAITH COMMUNITIES (SESSION A)

Victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence who embrace various faiths, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices will frequently turn first to their spiritual leaders when seeking support. Often...
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Rev. Al Miles

JOURNEY TO TRAUMA-INFORMED SERVICE DELIVERY IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER (SESSION B)

Rowan House Emergency Shelter is a 24 bed, 30 day stay, women’s emergency shelter (serving women and children) located in High River, Alberta, Canada. After the devastating June 2013 floods in Southern...
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VICARIOUS TRAUMA AND ITS IMPACT ON HELPING PROFESSIONALS AND THE ONES THEY LOVE (SESSION C)

IPV professionals are often at risk of being traumatized by hearing the traumatic experiences of those they are trying to help. This presentation will briefly define vicarious trauma, causation and...
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WHEN LOVE HURTS: THE INTERSECTION OF FAMILY LAW AND SOCIAL WORK. HOW BOTH PROFESSIONALS CAN COLLABORATE BETTER TO SUPPORT CLIENTS (SESSION D)

The intersection of domestic violence and family law issues is pervasive and requires a multidisciplinary approach to help clients navigate the varying legal, mental health, and basic needs that arise...
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Ashley Taunton
Keltie Winters

INTERSECTION OF FATNESS AND VIOLENCE: EXPLORING THE ROLE OF BODY IN GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (SESSION E)

Kimberlé Crenshaw introduced the idea of intersectionality into social justice work, encouraging consideration of multiple aspects of a person’s identity and lived experience in understanding the way they interact with...
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Lauren Van Camp

CO-OCCURRENCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND PETS IN ABUSIVE HOUSEHOLDS: WHAT PRACTITIONERS NEED TO KNOW (SESSION F)

A growing body of research suggests that abusive relationships not only present a risk of harm to women and children but also to pets residing in violent households. The Animal...
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Betty Jo Barrett

A FRESH BREATH: EXAMINING THE EXPERIENCE OF STRANGULATION AMONG WOMEN ABUSED BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER – THE CANADIAN CONTENT (SESSION G)

Strangulation has been identified as one of the highest risk factors / behaviours for physical harm and death, as the abuser literally holds his victim’s life between his hands (Glass...
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Nneka MacGregor

MENTORSHIP FOR SURVIVORS (SESSION H)

Isolation and rejection are the biggest fears that hold many people trapped in cycles of abuse. Experiencing support from others is particularly important to help ameliorate the negative effects of...
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Samra Zafar
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch

Keynote Address– Kemba Smith Pradia (AND STILL I RISE)

Growing up as an only child in Richmond, Virginia, Kemba Smith graduated high school and continued her education at the prestigious Hampton University. What happened to Kemba in her new...
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Kemba Smith Pradia
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Break/Networking

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

I AM MY SISTER’S KEEPER (SESSION I)

Workshop will discuss Kemba’s personal account of domestic violence and her experience in speaking at DV events across the country. She will also highlight how Women’s Organizations across the country...
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Kemba Smith Pradia

WORKING WITH FAITH COMMUNITIES (SESSION J)

Victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence who embrace various faiths, religious and spiritual beliefs and practices will frequently turn first to their spiritual leaders when seeking support. Often...
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Rev. Al Miles

STREAM: VICARIOUS TRAUMA (SESSION K)

IPV professionals are often at risk of being traumatized by hearing the traumatic experiences of those they are trying to help. This presentation will briefly define vicarious trauma, causation and...
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BUILDING SUPPORTS: POLICY, PRACTICE AND HOUSING ACCESS FOR IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE WOMEN LEAVING VIOLENCE (SESSION L)

Housing is a core human right and critical resource to facilitate women’s ability to leave violence and re-establish health and wellbeing. Yet, immigrant and refugee women face many barriers to...
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Sarah Yercich

CO-OCCURRENCE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND PETS IN ABUSIVE HOUSEHOLDS: WHAT PRACTITIONERS NEED TO KNOW (SESSION M)

A growing body of research suggests that abusive relationships not only present a risk of harm to women and children but also to pets residing in violent households. The Animal...
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Betty Jo Barrett

PRACTISE AS CEREMONY (SESSION N)

Practise as Ceremony is a new practice that was created a few years through Blue Quills that involves the medicine wheel teachings and learning about roles that we all play...
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Lloyd Yellowbird

FIFTY SHADES OF CONSENT: DIFFERNTIATING ABUSE FROM BDSM (SESSION O)

When working with people who experience a variety of social injustices, it can sometimes be challenging to differentiate between consensual BDSM behaviour and domestic violence. Similarly, when working with people...
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Lauren Van Camp

YOUNG MEN’S WORK: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE (SESSION P)

Young Men’s Work is a group discovery process where male youth, 9-13 years, develop an understanding of gender violence and the cultural costs of male training. An adult male survivor...
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4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Mixer

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Breakfast

Keynote Address– Julie Lalonde (OUTSIDE OF THE SHADOWS)

For over a decade, I kept a secret. An award-winning advocate for women’s rights, I crisscrossed the country, denouncing violence against women and giving 100s of media interviews along the...
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10:00 am - 10:30 am

Break/Networking

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

OUTSIDE OF THE SHADOWS: LET’S GET PRACTICAL (SESSION Q)

Combining her years of personal experience as a victim of stalking with her years as an advocate and educator, Julie S. Lalonde will facilitate a discussion with participants on the...
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SHAME AND HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE: A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE (SESSION R)

Shame and Honour Based Violence (SHBV) is a human rights issue. SHBV work focuses on upholding human rights in a culturally sensitive manner with respect to diversity. Shame and Honour...
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Anne Sureshkumar

PRACTISE AS CEREMONY (SESSION S)

Practise as Ceremony is a new practice that was created a few years through Blue Quills that involves the medicine wheel teachings and learning about roles that we all play...
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Lloyd Yellowbird

REACHING OUT WITH YOGA: TRAUMA-INFORMED YOGA FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE (SESSION T)

Reaching Out with Yoga (ROWY) is a 5 year research project (2016-21) investigating the potential health and well-being benefits of trauma-informed yoga for women and their children who have experienced...
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Niki Lacey

FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION IN RURAL NOVA SCOTIA: ACHIEVING STRUCTURAL CHANGE THROUGH SYSTEM, COMMUNITY AND INDIVIDUAL INTERVENTIONS (SESSION U)

Systems Interventions – Advocating for Policy Change to Reduce Systems Harms: Traditionally, those impacted by family violence have been viewed through an individual deficit-based lens, as opposed to looking structurally...
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Donette Getson
Chris Hessian
Art Fisher

THE IMPACT OF PORNOGRAPHY ON OUT COMMUNITY (SESSION V)

At SAFFRON Sexual Assault Centre, we have seen a huge increase in the amount of clients that are reporting being sexually assaulted by someone they know to have a pornography...
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ISLAMOPHOBIA AND ITS EFFECT ON CANADIAN MUSLIM WOMEN (SESSION W)

There has always been racism and prejudice against Muslims but recently due to factors such as 9/11 and the election of Trump there has been a dramatic increase in anti...
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Alia Hogben

SUPPORTING AFFLUENT SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (SESSION X)

The experiences of affluent survivors are rarely studied or acknowledged in the domestic violence (DV) literature, and service providers often fail to see the vulnerability of this population because they...
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Kirstin Blair
Carrie McManus
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch

Keynote Address- Matt Day (THE PIANO, THE PODIUM AND THE PAIL)

The Piano, the Podium and the Pail is a keynote presentation set to inspire, encourage and rejuvenate the human spirit. Matt will take you on an inspirational musical humour journey...
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Location

Fantasyland Hotel

West Edmonton Mall