Over the past three decades policing has held the spotlight for change in the way law enforcement officials across the globe respond to intimate partner violence.  Innovations in policing approaches have taken hold around the world, some required by legislation, others motivated by enlightened leadership, or influenced by non-governmental organizations and activists. 

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., the University of New Brunswick will host Elizabeth Stanko, senior advisor of strategy, research and analysis with the Metropolitan Police Service of London, England. 

Dr. Stanko will give a public lecture at the Wu Conference Centre, titled Opportunities for Intervention: What we know about the policing of intimate partner violence.  Her presentation will incorporate diverse approaches to changing the way police respond to intimate partner violence.  It will explore the lessons learned through England and Wales’ Independent Police Complaints Commission’s recent cases examining ‘what went wrong’ in domestic homicide complaints regarding police response.  She will also assess risk-based police responses and contemplate under what conditions such assessments might be appropriate and beneficial to intimate partner violence.

Professor Stanko has been active in the field of violence against women and children for almost 30 years. Her job with the Metropolitan Police Service is wide ranging, with responsibility for the development and delivery of innovative corporate analysis of crime and offending in London.  

The lecture is being held in conjunction with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre’s Research Day 2010, Engaging our Communities: Working Together to End Intimate Partner Violence, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wu Conference Centre.

For more information on Dr. Stanko’s lecture or the MMFC’s Research Day 2010, please contact Rina Arseneault, associate director, at 506-453-3595 or visit  www.unbf.ca/arts/CFVR/ .