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Shift is to stop violence before it starts.

WHAT IS SHIFT

Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence is situated in the Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Calgary. This one-of-a-kind initiative is led by Lana Wells, the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence. The purpose of Shift is to empower others to create the social conditions that will stop violence before it starts.

We are change-makers on a mission

We are working to advance gender equality and equity, promote healthy masculinities, address the intersections of racism, heterosexism, and oppression, and build healthy relationship competencies to stop the perpetration of multiple forms of violence including:

  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Violence Against Women
  • Dating Violence
  • Child Maltreatment and Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Peer-to-peer Aggression
MORE ABOUT WHO WE ARE

WHAT WE DO

We are Solutions Seekers

We conduct research that will inform primary prevention practices, programs, policies and legislation; and we partner with other researchers and academics, policy-makers, community-leaders, NGOs, community-based organizations and collectives to implement and evaluate effective primary prevention solutions.

WHAT WE DO

We are Solutions Seekers

We conduct research that informs primary prevention practices, programs, policies and legislation; and we partner with other researchers and academics, policy-makers, community-leaders, NGOs, community-based organizations and collectives to implement and evaluate effective primary prevention solutions.

OUR WORK

To solve a complex issue like domestic violence, we need to re-think where we focus our attention, time and resources. A primary prevention approach is essential to changing social norms and behaviours that reinforce and support violence. Primary prevention is our edict. This laser-like focus enables us to leverage our research to enhance the capacity of diverse stakeholders with the goal of reducing the number of new instances of violence. Primary prevention approaches can be delivered to whole populations or particular groups that are at high risk of using or experiencing violence. At Shift, we focus on changing policy, legislation, systems, and developing and implementing new programs and practices that will stop violence before it starts.

WHAT’S NEW

AB Government and CFL use Shift’s research to create awareness about domestic violence ahead of Grey-Cup weekend

In a joint statement, the Government of Alberta and CFL encouraged football teams and fans to raise awareness about domestic violence, and with it came a recognition of Shift’s research

Shift completes national study, Tomorrow’s Men Today: Canadian Men’s Insights on Engaging Men and Boys in Creating a More Gender Equal Future

Shift’s director, Lana Wells, and Dr. Sarah Fotheringham co-led the national study and conducted interviews with 33 pro-feminist men across Canada to examine the challenges they face in their gender

Elena Esina delivers keynote address to graduates of the Natural Supporter Domestic Violence Training Program

On November 9, 2019, Elena was invited to address the first graduates of the North of McKnight Community Society’s training program for natural supporters to address and prevent domestic violence

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