SACPA Session — Working Together to Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse

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The Southern Alberta council on Public Affairs (SACPA) presents a session examining the unique challenges facing rural communities as they work to prevent domestic violence and abuse.

Working Together to Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse

Gender-based violence takes place in ways that are unique and disproportionately high in rural communities, and the needs of families often go unmet. Families experiencing domestic violence and abuse often face complex challenges in rural communities. According to the Learning Network, rates of police-reported intimate partner violence experienced by rural women in Canada are 75 per cent higher than those for urban women. Rates of police-reported violent crime are 56 per cent higher for rural women than the national rate. Rowan House Society serves the second largest geographic area in the province, including the areas of Foothills County, Vulcan County and MD Willow Creek. They provide crisis intervention, long-term support and preventative education to break the cycle of domestic abuse in communities. In doing so, Rowan House works to fulfill the vision that all thrive in safe and empowering relationships.

The presentation will focus on Family Violence Prevention Month in November, with an overview of six core programs: Support Line, Emergency Shelter, Children’s Program, Preventative Education Program, Outreach Program and Court Support Program. Additionally, the speakers will discuss the pilot project, Safe at Home, an alternative to Women’s Emergency Shelters in rural southern Alberta. The main goal of the Safe at Home project was to explore innovative approaches to address domestic violence and abuse, specifically to keep affected families in their homes and communities. The individual using violence and abuse is supported to make changes and develop healthier relationship skills through various options.

Speakers: Linette Soldan Executive Director of Rowan House and Bonnie Millward Manager of Client Programs

Linette has been in the social services sector for over 25 years. Throughout her career, she has supported individuals and their families with counselling, safety and case planning, parenting strategies and navigation of community resources that build a family’s formal and informal supports. Linette believes that supporting clients to increase their sense of safety, resiliency and dignity is key through the collaboration of strong partnerships. Strong partnerships assist in seamless client delivery and improve access to services for those experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

Throughout her 25-plus year career, Bonnie has served women, children, youth and families in many ways. Bonnie’s passion for her work has guided her to develop and deliver a multitude of programming aimed at enhancing the collective well-being of the community, increasing capacity supporting social development and resiliency, and building bridges of understanding. Bonnie respects the importance and value of collaborative relationships that support rural health, working alongside community partners to provide a wraparound of support and services with a strong focus on education, relationships and safety.

Date/time: Thursday, November 23, 2023. Presentation begins at 12 noon & concludes at 1 p.m.
Cost: Free, but donations are gratefully accepted
Location: Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO) Dining Room, 500-11 Street S, Lethbridge, AB
Lunch & Refreshments: The Atrium Dining Room will be available by 11:15 a.m. Please arrive early before the start of the Presentation to patronize the LSCO cafeteria and enjoy their excellent variety of good value food options.

For further information on the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs, visit the SACPA website.

Room or Area: 
LSCO, 500 - 11 St S


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