Public Seminar on Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence was conducted on 22 June 2017 at PolyU, by Professor Lana Wells who is the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, Fellow and Faculty Member of the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Participants included students, academic staff, research staff and social work professionals.
Abstract of the seminar:
Since 2010, Lana Wells has been leading an initiative called Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence located in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Shift’s goal is to significantly reduce domestic violence and violence against women using a primary prevention approach to stop first-time victimization and perpetration. In short, primary prevention means taking action to build resilience and prevent problems before they occur. Shift’s purpose is to empower policy makers, systems leaders, clinicians, service providers and the community at large to significantly reduce rates of domestic violence and violence against women. Lana’s presentation will focus on how she developed this large scale social change initiative within a university setting along with lessons learned along the way. Her discussion will also focus on several key strategies her team is leading to stop violence before it happens. These include: working with government to build policies to prevent family violence, engaging men and boys in domestic violence prevention, building a strategic and coordinated approach to violence prevention programming for children and youth, engaging friends, families and work colleagues to prevent violence. Highlights from the research and the implications of primary prevention to policy, programs and community initiatives will be shared.