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World-leading experts in domestic violence convene at UNB

Author: Communications

Posted on Oct 20, 2014

Category: UNB Saint John

The University of New Brunswick is hosting the 2014 National Conference on Integrated Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence: Learning & Innovating Together. It’s taking place today through Wednesday at the
Wu Conference Centre, UNB Fredericton.

Keynote speakers include:

Margaret Norrie McCain

Margaret Norrie McCain has long been concerned about family violence. In New Brunswick, she was a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation whose mission is to eliminate family violence through public education and research. She chaired the foundation and established UNB’s Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research.

Donna Martinson 

Donna Martinson, a retired Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court, has also worked as crown counsel, defence counsel, a family law practitioner, a criminal and family law professor and a Judge of the British Columbia Provincial Court.

Neil Websdale

Dr. Neil Websdale is professor of criminology and criminal justice at Northern Arizona University and director of the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative. He has published work on domestic violence, the history of crime, policing, social change, and public policy.

The conference is addressing the importance of having a coordinated criminal justice and community responses to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Attendees are participating in a range of presentations, panels, workshops, and keynote speeches that address the justice system response to IPV, coordinated community responses to IPV, domestic homicide, the interface between family and criminal courts in IPV cases, the rural challenges of IPV, and best practices and information sharing, among others.

The conference is being organized by The Canadian Observatory on the Justice System Response to Intimate Partner Violence, in partnership with UNB’s Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre (MMFC), the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety and the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick. 

Media contact: Natasha Ashfield 


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