2008-2009 Archives

Presentation " A Profile of Youth Offenders"

On Tuesday April 14 2009, we hosted a presentation entitled: “A Profile of Youth Offenders”, by Dr. Joseph Hornick, Executive Director, Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family.  The presentation took place at MMFC (678 Windsor St) on the UNB Campus, Room 107 at 10:00 a.m.

Dr. Hornick's presentation focussed on the interim findings of a three-year longitudinal study of a cohort of youth (n= 123) who committed chargeable offences in Calgary. Detailed life history interviews were conducted with the youth in 2006 and they were followed through 2008.  Data from the life history interviews, probation files, and police information system were used to compile a statistical profile of the youth in five major domains including: individual factors; family factors (including domestic violence); peer factors; school factors; and community factors.  Analysis of the data identifies which characteristics and experiences differentiate youth with various levels of involvement with the law.  In addition, trends in youth crime were identified and the impact of the Youth Criminal Justice Act  in Alberta was examined.

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Presentation "What really works to make our communities safer? An International Review"

On Monday, March 30 2009, we hosted a free public presentation by Dr. Margaret Shaw, entitled What really works to make our communities safer? An International Review.  Dr. Shaw presented the First International Report on Crime Prevention and Community Safety and an accompanying International Compendium of Practices, which was launched by the International Center for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC) in September 2008. The report offers decision-makers, practitioners, civil society members and researchers a comprehensive analysis of the situation of crime prevention and community safety in the world. What are the trends in crime, and in the safety of women, youth, schools or public places? What crime prevention principles have countries adopted in their strategic crime prevention planning? How have local governments and other local actors (schools, businesses, police, etc) responded to the challenges of crime, violence and fear of crime? What tools can assist community safety workers to reduce the risk factors associated with crime and victimization? The Compendium and Report provide a source of inspiration and ideas, and nderline the growth and evolution of strategic and effective crime prevention around the world.  Dr. Shaw will be presenting the main findings of this important report. For more information or to view this report: http://www.crime-prevention-intl.org/publications.php?type=REPORT


Proceedings "Workshop 2008 - Engaging Men in Ending Violence Against Women"

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Thank you to our Contributors and Sponsors for the Workshop 2008 - Engaging men in Ending Violence Against Women

  • Federal Family Violence Fund (RCMP)
  • New Brunswick Department of IGA and the Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Women’s Issues Branch, Executive Council Office, NB
  • Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation

Merci aux donateurs et commanditaires pour l'Atelier 2008 - Impliquer les hommes dans l'élimination de la violence faite aux femmes


New report just published

In the Best Interests of Women and Children: Exploring the Issue of “Failure to Protect” in the Acadian Peninsula - 2008

Norma Jean Profitt, Department of Social Work, St. Thomas University

This report describes the findings of our research on the issue of “failure to protect” in situations where women are abused by their partners and their children are exposed to intimate partner violence. We conducted focus groups with 29 child protection and transition house workers and service providers in the Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick, to examine current knowledge and practice in situations of child exposure and intimate partner violence. We also interviewed ten women who had been involved with child protection to learn about their experiences of abuse, mothering, and child protection intervention.

This report makes a series of recommendations for changes to policy and practice that, if followed, would significantly improve child protection and community intervention with women, children, and families and the lives of abused women and their children. Like other studies on child exposure, intimate partner violence and “failure to protect”, this research urges that communities and governments take the issue of intimate partner violence seriously and act in concert not only to provide adequate services and resources for abused women and their children but to hold men accountable for their violence.

Dans le meilleur intérêt des femmes et des enfants : explorer la question du «défaut de protection» dans la Péninsule acadienne - 2008

Norma Jean Profitt, Département des services sociaux, Université St. Thomas

Le rapport contient les résultats de nos recherches sur la question du «défaut de protection» dans les situations où les femmes sont victimes de la violence de leurs partenaires et où les enfants sont exposés à la violence entre partenaires intimes. Nous avons créé des groupes de discussion formés de travailleurs préposés aux services de protection de l’enfance, de travailleuses en maison de transition et d’autres fournisseurs de services dans la Péninsule acadienne afin d’examiner la pratique et les connaissances actuelles relatives aux situations de violence entre partenaires intimes auxquelles les enfants sont exposés. Nous avons interviewé dixfemmes qui avaient reçu des services de protection de l‘enfance au sujet de leurs expériences de violence, de leur rôle de mère et de l’intervention des services de protection de l’enfance.