Stop Domestic Violence Conference Saskatchewan

This conference will feature the impacts of domestic violence and intimate partner violence on the workplace and community. This will include presentations from community-based organizations, government agencies and human resource experts that are addressing domestic violence and intimate partner violence and bringing awareness and education to the mainstream society including Victim Servcies.

Who Should Attend?

STOP Domestic Violence Conference will interest those in the human resources (HR) profession, those who are providing a direct service as well as assisting employers and managers in knowing their role in supporting employees dealing with domestic violence

Keynote – PATHS
Session: Recognizing and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)


Speakers: Jo-Anne Dusel & Crystal Giesbrecht


This presentation will provide an overview of intimate partner violence (also known as domestic violence). Information presented will include: What is IPV? What are some indicators that IPV may be occurring? How prevalent is IPV in Saskatchewan? How can you best support an individual who is experiencing IPV? Recently, new measures have come into place to support victims of IPV including changes to the Residential Tenancies Act and The Saskatchewan Employment (Support for Victims of Domestic Violence) Amendment Act. New legislation is expected that will allow police to disclose information about past abusive behaviour to individuals at risk of violence. How will these changes help keep victims safe? What can individuals and employers do to support those impacted by IPV?

 

Bio – Jo-Anne Dusel

Jo-Anne spent 20 years working directly with abused women as a frontline shelter worker. Since December 2014, Jo-Anne has been Executive Director of PATHS, the member association for women’s shelters, second stage shelters and counselling services in Saskatchewan. She served as a panel member of Saskatchewan’s pilot Domestic Violence Death Review in 2016/17. Jo-Anne is a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability. She is a Board Member for Women’s Shelters Canada, a member of the Gender Equality Network of Canada, and, is often consulted by the media on issues related to violence against women.

Bio – Crystal Giesbrecht

Crystal Giesbrecht is the Director of Research and Communications at the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS). Crystal is a Registered Social Worker and holds a BA (Hons. in Psychology), BSW, and MSW, and Graduate Certificate in Forensic Practice. She has worked as a Domestic Violence Counsellor (casual) at Regina Transition House and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Regina. Crystal is a partnership member of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel for Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.

 

PATHSAbout PATHS: The Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services (PATHS) is the member association for 21 agencies that provide emergency shelter and/or counselling services to survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) in Saskatchewan. PATHS’ work has included research on the impact of IPV on Saskatchewan workers; training on how to provide an effective workplace response to IPV; providing input to government on workplace leave for survivors of IPV; Clare’s Law; The Listen Project; and the Saskatchewan Domestic Violence Death Review. PATHS is also collaborating on national initiatives such as the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative, the Gender Equality Network of Canada and the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.

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