Provincial Strategy Team for Dating Violence Prevention (PST)

Goal:

The purpose of this team was to evaluate dating violence prevention programs in New Brunswick in order to develop a provincial strategy for sustained implementation of high quality dating violence prevention programs.

The PST builds on work done by the Creating Peaceful Learning Environments Research Team and the Violence in Adolescents Dating Relationships Team.

Action Plan:

The Provincial Strategy Team for Dating Violence Prevention was co-ordinated by Ann Cameron and Sandra Byers of UNB, but benefited from the contributions of a large number of government, community and student researchers.

The goal of the Team was to make recommendations for a sustainable comprehensive provincial strategy for youth dating violence prevention in the Province of New Brunswick. These recommendations were to be based on an empirical evaluation of dating violence prevention programs conducted with high school students in New Brunswick during the autumn of 2005 by five community-based organizations: Le Centre de Prévention de la Violence Familiale de Kent (CPVFK), Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships/Coalition Contre l’Abus dans les Relations (CAAR), Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (FSACC), and Making Waves/Vague par vague, Inc. (MW/Vpv). The evaluation was designed to be at arms’ length from, yet informed by, the programs, systematic, scientifically rigorous, longitudinal, and to assess diverse areas.

Prior to conducting the evaluation, the team:

  1. established a Provincial Strategy Team for Dating Violence Prevention and a Dating Violence Prevention Consultative Committee to guide the research;
  2. articulated a set of goals and objectives for dating violence prevention;
  3. developed an evaluation framework for the evaluation;
  4. reviewed learning outcomes related to dating violence in the French and English curricula, and
  5. created and validated the measurement instruments to be used in the evaluation.

In order to determine changes resulting from involvement in the dating violence prevention programs, they administered questionnaires assessing the goals and objectives of the programs. Students receiving each of the programs as well as students in five comparison schools not receiving any outside programming completed the questionnaires immediately prior to the program immediately following implementation of the program, and four months following implementation of the program. These data were used to evaluate changes in students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviour due to the curriculum and due to each of the programs.

Findings:

Students in all programs and in the comparison schools showed increases in knowledge. In general, with the exception of the somewhat select group of students who attended MW/Vpv, participation in these programs produced few changes in attitudes and behaviours. We also found that, compared to boys, girls were more knowledgeable, were somewhat less accepting of dating violence, and evidenced more positive behavioural intentions for dealing with dating violence. Review of the New Brunswick curricula demonstrated that it addresses many of the knowledge goals identified as important to dating violence prevention. However, there were some key goals that are not identified as learning outcomes in the current curricula.

A report documenting the findings is available. It includes recommendations for a sustainable comprehensive dating violence prevention strategy for the Province of New Brunswick. It was submitted to Status of Women Canada, the New Brunswick Department of Education, and the Women's Issues Branch of the Executive Council Office.

The team received a Canadian Women’s Foundation grant to complete the research.

In January 2007, the research findings were shared in Interview on the following media: CBC Radio, Fredericton; ATV, CBC New Brunswick T.V., CBC Newsworld, and Daily Gleaner.

Publications for the Provincial Strategy Team for Dating Violence Prevention

Miller, S. A., Byers, E. S. & Cameron, C. A. (April, 2005). The Provincial Strategy Team for Dating Violence Prevention. Paper presented at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Annual Meeting, Fredericton, NB.

O'Leary, J. & Cameron, C. A. (2004) Youth views on dating violence prevention: Interim report for the provincial strategy team on dating violence prevention. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research.

Cameron, C. A., Byers, S., Miller, A., McKay, S.L., St. Pierre, M., Glenn, S. and the Provincial Strategy Team for Dating Violence Prevention (January2007).  Dating Violence Prevention in New Brunswick.  Report prepared for Status of Women Canada by Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre For Family Violence Research University Of New Brunswick.

Cameron, C. A., Byers, S., Miller, A., McKay, S.L., St. Pierre, M., Glenn, S.et l'équipe d'orientation stratégique provinciale pour la prévention de la violence dans les fréquentations (janvier 2007).  Prévention de la violence dans les fréquentations au Nouveau-Brunswick.  Rapport préparé pour Condition féminine Canada par le Centre Muriel McQueen Fergusson pour la recherche sur la violence familiale Université du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Research Team Coordinators:

  • Dr. Sandra Byers, Professor of Psychology at University of New Brunswick (UNB)
  • Dr. Ann Cameron, Emerita Professor at UNB and Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia

Team Members:

  • Lise Bellefleur, Executive Counsel Office
  • Marie Dumont, RCMP
  • Nicole Dupéré, Association des Enseignants Francophones
  • Jeanne Duquette, Agente pédagogique provinciale
  • Jim Dysart, New Brunswick Teachers’ Association
  • Wendy Fraser, District 17 Guidance Counsellor
  • Robert Gerard, Department of Education
  • Joanne Williams, Department of Education

Consultative Committee members:

  • Stacy Coy, Red Cross
  • Norma Dube, Executive Counsel Office
  • Simone Leibovitch, Making Waves
  • Gabrielle Maillet, Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships
  • Julie Rioux, Vague par Vague
  • Elda Savoie, Centre de prévention de la violence familiale de Kent
  • Lorraine Whalley, Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

Status of Women Canada Representatives:

  • Francine LeBlanc
  • Marie-Paule Mattice

Students:

  • Anna Campbell, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, UNB
  • Kerri Gibson, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, UNB
  • Brad MacNeil, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, UNB
  • Andrea Miller, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, UNB
  • Kelley Robinson, Undergraduate Psychology Student, STU

Former Team Members:

  • Shannon Archibald, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, UNB
  • Nicole Bujold, Status of Women Canada
  • Fran Harris, Ministere de l’education
  • Margie Layden-Oreto, Department of Education
  • Mary Ann MacNeil, RCMP
  • Stacey McKay, Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, UNB