For Her Own Good- a conference: Do policies and practices effectively respond to the health and safety needs of women impacted by violence?

“For Her Own Good” conference will be held on 1 to 2 November 2011 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Hosted by the BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre’s Sexual Assault Service, Aboriginal Health, and Woman Abuse Response Programs

An alarming number of girls and women from diverse backgrounds and communities are impacted by abuse, sexual assault, and other forms of violence while facing a variety of other social and health challenges. This conference, “For Her Own Good”, will bring together front-line workers, health care workers, clinicians, researchers, decision-makers and other stakeholders for lively dialogue, debate and reflection on pressing concerns for women’s safety and health.

The purpose of this conference is to:

  • explore whether policies, legislation, systems, services and providers are meeting the diverse needs of girls and women impacted by violence and abuse
  • share examples of emerging promising practices and research

Presentations and dialogue will explore how social and health care systems and services that are designed ‘for her own good” may actually further harm or marginalize women when they try to access support. Examples of research, policy and practice that demonstrate ways to mitigate harms and respond effectively to women’s safety and health needs will also be showcased.

Please join us for this thought-provoking, collaborative knowledge exchange event!!
Who should attend?

Anyone interested in women’s health and safety, including:

  1. Health care providers
  2. Policy and decision makers
  3. Clinicians
  4. Researchers and students
  5. Frontline anti-violence workers and advocates
  6. Counsellors
  7. Mental Health and Addictions practitioners
  8. Child protection workers
  9. Community and family support workers

Call for abstracts

The deadline for submission is May 15, 2011. Notification of abstract acceptance is June 30, 2011. All presenting authors must register for the conference. There are reduced rates for presenters.
Inviting presentations

We invite presentations that explore how social and health systems and services that are designed “for her own good” may actually further harm or marginalize women when they try to access and use services. We also welcome examples of research, policy and practice that contribute to the growing body of knowledge that demonstrates ways to mitigate harms and respond effectively to women’s safety and health needs.

We are interested in hearing about

  • How various attitudes, services, policies and systems harm or help women who are impacted by abuse, sexual assault and other forms of violence.
  • How services respond to the needs of Aboriginal women impacted by violence
  • What gaps exist in the continuum of services for women experiencing abuse, sexual assault and other forms of violence
  • How service providers are impacted by mandates, policies and legislation that limit their response to women’s safety and health needs
  • Examples of models of practice, practice-based evidence and research that contributes to effectively supporting and empowering women including culturally safe practices
  • What changes are necessary to support women impacted by violence and other social determinants of health

Register for the “For Her Own Good” conference

Registration will open soon. The call for abstracts is still on.  Deadline May 15th, 2011.

If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please email the conference coordinator and ask to be added to the mailing list: [email protected]

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