SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Front-line workers and others who help victims of domestic and intimate-partner violence are receiving danger assessment training during the annual Partnerships in Action conference that opened officially today (Oct. 3).
This is the first time that this training is being offered to such a broad group of interveners in New Brunswick.
Drawn from across the province, more than 90 attendees from the community sector and government will also be networking and sharing information.
"Our government is proud to have Jacquelyn Campbell, a renowned expert in violence against women as well as in women's health, deliver danger assessment training," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Marie-Claude Blais, who is also minister of women’s equality. “This investment contributes to the knowledge base that ultimately impacts the lives of women and children subjected to domestic and intimate-partner violence in our province."
Danger assessment helps interveners determine the threat that a woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. Campbell created this assessment tool in 1986, and it has since been taught around the world.
"By training, connecting and working together, we provide better services and support to those who have been affected by domestic and intimate-partner violence," said Blais. "It is our government's priority to enhance the safety and equality of the women of New Brunswick, now and for the future. The danger assessment tool will help those on the front lines respond better to the needs of women experiencing domestic and intimate-partner violence."
The conference is bringing together regional family violence network representatives, social workers, victim service co-ordinators, Crown prosecutors and lawyers. It ends Oct. 4.