Conference to explore intimate partner violence

By Costa Maragos Posted: October 22, 2015 6:00 a.m.

(l-r) Ann Bishop, Project Coordinator and Dr. Mary Hampton, Academic Research Coordinator for RESOLVE Saskatchewan.
(l-r) Ann Bishop, Project Coordinator and Dr. Mary Hampton, Academic Research Coordinator for RESOLVE Saskatchewan. Photo courtesy of Eric Oleson.

People from a wide cross section of the community are coming together to explore issues related to victims of intimate partner violence.

According to Statistics Canada, intimate partner violence, including both spousal and dating violence, accounts for one in every four violent crimes reported to police.

That’s why the University of Regina is taking part in a conference to look at ways of working more closely with community agencies - such as police and health care workers - to provide more support for victims of intimate partner violence. 

The theme of the conference is Intimate Partner Violence: Engaging Beyond the Survivor.

The conference, October 22 and 23, is organized by the Saskatchewan branch of RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse).

The organization co-ordinates and supports research aimed at ending violence, especially violence involving girls and women. RESOLVE is affiliated with the University of Regina as well as the Universities of Saskatchewan, Alberta, Calgary, Manitoba, Winnipeg and Brandon University. 

The goal of RESOLVE is to reduce the incidence and impact of violence and abuse. The group shares its research results with the public and policy makers and promotes education, awareness and social change.
“The conference allows for connections between academics and people in the community,” says Dr. Mary Hampton, Academic Research Coordinator for RESOLVE and professor of Psychology at Luther College, and one of the conference organizers.

“What we mean by engaging beyond the survivor is that we will focus on the service providers such as shelter workers, police, health care workers, policy makers and others.”
Several researchers (including graduate students) will present findings from their study entitled “Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence.” Principal Investigators are Dr. Hampton and Diane Delaney, formerly of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS).  This million dollar study is funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Canadian University Research Alliances.

The conference features a talk by Roz Kelsey, an instructor at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Kelsey is one of the organizers of the Man Up Against Violence initiative at the U of R.

The audience will also hear from Judge Marylynne Beaton from the Saskatchewan Provincial Court. Her topic is “Judging in domestic violence courts.”

Major funding for RESOLVE comes from the PrairieAction Foundation as well as from the office of the Vice-President (Research) at the U of R.

Event:     Intimate Partner Violence
                Engaging Beyond the Survivor
Date:       Oct 22 and 23, 2015 – Open to the public
Location:  Ramada Plaza – Regina