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December 4, 2012

November was Family Violence Prevention Month, which proved to be a busy time and an incredible opportunity to move research into action. Lana Wells, the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence made presentations at three events throughout the month; two in Alberta and one in British Columbia.

  • The FREDA Centre's 2012 National Research Day: Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence: Exploring the Continuum of Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Calgary Domestic Violence Collective: Lunch and Learn Series
  • Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta: Power of Prevention 2012 Conference 

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October 30, 2012

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...

June 7, 2012

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 we released a new research report: Preventing Domestic Violence in Alberta: A Cost Savings Perspective. The report is co-authored by Lana Wells, Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the University of Calgary and founder of Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, Casey Boodt and Herb Emery. The report examines the costs of domestic violence in Alberta after women have left their abusive relationships. The study estimates that conservatively, $600 million dollars is spent over 5 years in Alberta on a select number of costs that are directly attributable to domestic violence after women have left their abusive situations. These costs...