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Training Symposium: Cross-cultural support for immigrant DIPV survivors

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Overcoming Barriers: Cross-Cultural Support for Immigrant Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

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The project "Overcoming Barriers: A coordinated response to violence against immigrant women in New Brunswick", began in 2015 under the leadership of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council in partnership with the Violence Against Immigrant and Visible Minority Women research team of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, and is funded by the Status of Women Canada. The project aimed to:

  1. Assess and understand the current systemic and structural barriers as well as the state of services relating to immigrant women experiencing domestic and intimate partner violence (D/IPV) in New Brunswick; and
  2. To work with key stakeholders across the province to develop and implement a coordinated response to D/IPV experienced by immigrants.

During the first year of the project, a needs assessment was conducted to determine the barriers, challenges and supports accessed by immigrant women in New Brunswick. Consulting with dozens of immigrant women, service providers and sector experts, the project team identified different barriers Among these:

  1. A gap of coordination was found between immigrant serving agencies and organizations , the immigration and settlement sector, and the sector agencies that provide services to people experiencing D/IPV;
  2. In the same way, staff from both sectors may not have a full understanding of the particular challenges of immigrant women experiencing violence - a lack of understanding of immigration policies and cross-cultural awareness, or limited training on violence prevention or intercultural communication;
  3. Therefore, neither sector is fully equipped with the tools, training and resources to best support these women.

As a result, and following the recommendations from project stakeholders, the project team identified key action items to begin addressing these barriers and empower service providers in broadening their scope of deliver to better support immigrant women experiencing D/IPV. Among these, the project team has created provincial protocols and regional resource guides that are practical, useful and adaptable for both sectors as well as hosted regional workshops in two of the project’s pilot sites: Saint John and Moncton.

Following the workshops, it was felt that further engagement was of interest to the stakeholders and opportunities advance the conversation in a new site, Fredericton, discussed. To bring new information, the Overcoming Barriers Symposium focuses on bringing external training and deep diving into cross-cultural approaches to supporting immigrant women experiencing D/IPV.

The overarching objectives of the symposiums are:

  1. Build capacity for service providers to offer cross-culturally adapted services to immigrant women experiencing D/IPV.
  2. Improve service delivery for immigrant women experiencing D/IPV through the sharing of lessons, expertise and research;
  3. Discuss shared challenges and opportunities for improving services for immigrant women experiencing D/IPV and identify actionable pathways forward; and
  4. Build a network of service providers, policy makers, and community leaders committed to collaboration and information sharing to best support immigrant women experiencing D/IPV.

The symposium will set the stage for conversations showcasing New Brunswick’s and Canadian expertise in welcoming newcomers, building communities and supporting survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. A wide range of service providers and sector leaders are convened to represent the wealth of resources within our communities and shared interests in breaking remaining barriers and filling the gaps in services.

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Here is a preliminary schedule of the day. Please not the simultaneous interpretation will be offered throughout the day in English and in French.

8:00 - 8:30: Arrivals and Registration

8:35 - 9:00: Introductions

  • Ginette Gautreau, Project Manager, New Brunswick Multicultural Council
  • Cathy Holtmann, Project research lead, Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, University of New Brunswick

9:00 - 10:30 : Keynote speaker

  • Alia Hogben, Past Executive Director, Canadian Council of Muslim Women (Kingston, ON)

10:30 – 10:45: Break

10:45 – 12:10: An Intercultural Approach to Gender-Based Violence Prevention in Newcomer Communities

  • Briana Miller, Gender Based Violence Prevention Project, YMCA of Halifax

12:15 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00-2:30: Training P. 2

  • Deepa Mattoo, Executive Director of the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, Toronto, ON

2:30 – 2:45: Break

2:45 – 3:15: Special Presentation on Honour-Based Violence

  • Madeline Lamboley, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Criminology, Université de Moncton

3:15-4:15: Panel Discussion

  • New Brunswick Immigrant Women’s Association
  • Julia Forgrave, Safe Haven Second Stage
  • Genevieve Latour, Crossroads for Women
  • Moderated by: Cathy Holtmann, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation

4:15 – 4:30: Wrap up and closing remarks

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