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City Unites Community for 2nd Annual Domestic Abuse Conference

November 08, 2011

Surrey – The City of Surrey hosted its second annual conference on domestic violence today, with this year’s event focusing on children and youth.

“The City of Surrey has been engaging and uniting the community in order to help combat the problem of domestic violence. We’re taking a holistic approach to the issue and this conference is about raising awareness, sharing resources and creating lasting partnerships,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. She adds that over 150 Surrey-based service providers attended the 2010 conference.

“We need to get men and women in the community talking about domestic abuse if we’re going to be successful at ending the cycle of violence. The safest place in a child’s life should be their home, but we know that is where many young people are forced to witness abuse. By coming together to improve dialogue and discuss solutions, we can help bring an end to this serious problem in our communities,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode, who helped create the Surrey Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (SCADA), a committee created by the City of Surrey in 2009 to deal with the issue of domestic violence.

The conference was organized by SCADA, which represents a group comprised of over 60 professionals from the criminal justice system, service agencies, and the public sector.

The 2011 conference, titled: Making A Positive Change: Breaking the Cycle of Violence for Children and Youth, will feature a panel discussion on children witnessing abuse; a presentation by Sandra Weiland, a registered Psychologist, on the effects on a child’s brain exposed to domestic violence; a presentation by Rhiannon Wong and Shabna Ali of the BC Society of Transition homes on safety planning for children and youth exposed to domestic violence; and a preview of an educational video called The Honest Truth.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor