2007-2008 Archives

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

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

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.


The Direction of One Voice - The Force of Many: When partnership is a reality.

On November 3 & 4, 2008 the MMFC is celebrating its 15th anniversary with three high-profile events. View our MMFC Special E-News Bulletin to find out more.



The MMFC would like to congratulate the research team on Workplace Violence and Abuse for the launch of their new website on respect in the workplace. The launch was held at the University of New Brunswick on Wednesday, September 3, 2008. View the article on the launch of this new website which appeared in the Daily Gleaner. To view their webpage: www.unbf.ca/towardarespectfulworkplace.



Understanding the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence: Helping Police Officers to Better Intervene – Train-the-Trainer Training.

The first two-day training to NB police officers on intervening in situations of intimate partner violence was delivered on April 22 & 23, 2008. Thank you to the participants.

Research Day 2007

View the proceedings of Research Day 2007.