Significant debate surrounds the role of women’s shelters and responses to domestic violence as part of or apart from the work on preventing and ending homelessness. Yet, both the ways in which we deal with homelessness and violence must be reconsidered given their intimate interconnections on-the-ground.
This presentation describes a new paradigm for domestic violence shelter operations, with a focus on renewing shelter objectives, service models, policies, and practices. This new approach moves away from a traditional crisis response, questioning the premise of domestic violence shelters and suggesting an alternative model and approach to prevent violence.
Participants will receive key evaluative and reflective tools to take back to their organizations and communities to further explore these concepts in their own work.
Dr. Alina Turner (Principal, Turner Strategies; Co-Founder, HelpSeeker)
Lana Wells (Associate Professor & Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary)
Heather Morley (Vice President of Programs & Services, YW Calgary)
Kim Ruse (Executive Director, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter)
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