2015 Training Forum

JointBanner-alternativeTogether! BC Collaborates to Stop Sexual & Domestic Violence

December 9-10, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, BC

This joint collaborative training forum was the first of its kind in the history of BC. Programs under the Ending Violence Association of BC, BC Society of Transition Houses, and Police Victim Services of BC, along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, BC Association of Chiefs of Police, Provincial Office of Domestic Violence, Ministry of Justice and Government partners gathered together for a two-day, cross provincial, cross sector training forum that increased the knowledge and capacity of front-line responders, identified emerging issues and best practices, and enhanced skills to respond collaboratively to sexual and domestic violence.

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Keynote Speakers

  • Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC Representative for Children and Youth – Opening Keynote
  • Sgt. Elizabeth Donegan, Austin Police Department
  • Deepa Mattoo, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario – Forced Marriage
  • Dr. Lori Haskell, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice – Effects of Trauma
  • Dr. Georgia Nemetz, Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice – Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
  • Panel Discussion – Information Sharing in High Risk Domestic Violence Cases with: Alex Scheiber, Ministry of Children and Family Development; Sonja Sinclair, Vancouver Coastal Health; Gisela Ruebsaat, Community Coordination for Women’s Safety; and Kyle Friesen, RCMP Legal Advisory Section, Department of Justice

Training Forum Hosted By

  • BC Association Chiefs of Police
  • BC Society of Transition Houses
  • Ending Violence Association of BC
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Police Victim Services of BC
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police