Eyes High on Domestic Violence Research

The numbers are staggering. Every hour of every day a woman in Alberta will undergo some form of interpersonal violence at the hands of an ex-spouse or ex-partner. Lana Wells, the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary says “domestic violence knows no boundaries – it transcends socio-demographic boundaries. It is complex, pervasive, and costly – yet preventable”. Through her work as the Brenda Strafford Chair, Wells has developed a groundbreaking program to make that change happen. Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, is working to prevent violence through a primary prevention focus. “Shift is focused on creating the conditions needed to stop victimization and perpetration of domestic violence – before it starts.” Wells presented highlights from her work with Shift and other relevant new research at the University of Calgary’s noon lecture series, Eyes High on Research. The lecture series is sponsored by Adrienne Kertzer, the Advisor to the President on Women’s Issues. Observing that one of the priority areas for action in the Academic Plan is "increasing respect and recognition," Kertzer notes that the series' organization reflects her belief that “respect and recognition begin through our learning about the research these speakers do." She adds that "the speakers in this year's series demonstrate the diversity of research and scholarship done by women at the U of C”.