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UNB to host national research day on intimate partner violence

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 1, 2010

Category: UNB Fredericton

Engaging our Communities: Working Together to End Intimate Partner Violence. That is the theme of National Research Day 2010, being held at the University of New Brunswick Nov. 4 and 5.

The conference is being hosted by UNB’s Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, in partnership with the Canadian Alliance of Research Centres on Violence and the Canadian observatory on the justice system’s response to intimate partner violence.

National Research Day 2010 will take place on Thursday, Nov. 4, and Friday, Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wu Conference Centre.

Community organizations, government departments and academics from across Canada and beyond will discuss their programs and innovative research to prevent and intervene effectively on issues of intimate partner violence and violence against women. They will examine intervention programs and service delivery within diverse contexts, social policies and procedures, and the roles and responsibilities of public safety, health care and justice systems toward victims and abusers.

University of Ottawa professor Holly Johnson will launch the two-day event with an address on Thursday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m., titled Protecting Victims’ Interests in Domestic Violence Court.  Dr. Johnson will discuss what is known about women’s objectives when they engage the criminal justice system and the extent to which their objectives are at odds with those of the system itself.  She will argue for expanding dialogue and research on ways to improve women’s safety without compromising autonomy.

Other presenters at National Research Day will include Myrna Dawson, professor of sociology and anthropology, University of Guelph; Carmen Gill, director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research; and Paul Mazerolle, pro vice-chancellor (arts, education and law), Griffith University, Australia.

For more information and a complete agenda, please contact Rina Arseneault, associate director MMFC at 506-453-3595 or visit