D.A.R.T. - Domestic Assault Review Team of Waterloo Region

Over the past few months DART of Waterloo Region has been busy putting on successful events in the community! Stay tuned, as this page gets updated regularly!

Oct 3, 2016, Annual DART Conference, Violence in the Workplace: Keynote speakers Dr. Peter Jaffe and Margaret MacPherson from the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario provided informative presentations on the topic of domestic violence in the workplace. Derek Morgan, a Health and Safety Consultant with Public Services Health and Safety Associated spoke regarding legal obligations and resources. The event was well attended and received media attention in the Kitchener Record: http://www.therecord.com/news-story/6892841-domestic-violence-can-often-be-seen-in-workplace/.

May 5, 2016, Forum on Culture, Faith and Domestic Violence: This forum provided an opportunity for dialogue led by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. Dr. Kristine Lund and the Reverend Dr. Brice Balmer gave a keynote address and panelists from different faiths, cultures and the Waterloo Region Domestic Assault Review Team (DART) shared their experiences.

Mar & May, 2016, First Nations, Metis and Inuit Historical Knowledge Training: Over the last several months, Ela Smith from White Owl Native Ancestry Association provided three training sessions intended for front line workers who are working with victims of domestic violence who identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. This training was very well received and helped provide a foundational understanding of colonial history for staff. Please visit the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action Webpage as an additional resource for learning: http://truthrc.weebly.com/

Apr 21, 2016, Domestic Violence & the Workplace: The DART Health Engagement Task Force organized an event for a networking group of human resources, and health and safety employee supervisors. Participants learned steps to take to address domestic violence in the workplace. Information was also provided about supporting resources and services available in the community to address domestic violence.

Apr 15, 2016, Domestic Abuse in Pregnancy: The DART Health Engagement Task Force provided intimate partner violence during pregnancy training for midwives using the Routine Universal Comprehensive Screening Protocol (RUCS). Participants increased their understanding of the impacts of domestic violence during pregnancy. The RUCS Protocol, developed through the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s Task Force on the Health Effects of Woman Abuse, is designed to improve early identification of woman abuse, as well as assessment and documentation of a woman’s health status and referral to appropriate community resources.

Feb 11, 2016Increasing Awareness of Intimate Partner Violence: Conestoga hosted the Domestic Assault Review Team (DART) of Waterloo Region for a panel discussion on domestic violence. The discussion, held at the Doon campus, was presented to an interprofessional group of students from the Practical Nursing, Social Service Worker and Community Safety programs. Check out this Conestoga College Blog Post for an overview of the day.

Dec 3, 2015, Domestic Violence and the Workplace: the DART Health Engagement Task Force organized an event for human resources, and health and safety employee supervisors. This event was titled Domestic Violence and the Workplace and was very well received by participants. The session aimed to increase participants’ understanding of the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace and learn about strategies and local resources to assist employees.

Nov 18, 2015, Annual DART Conference, Understanding Faith, Culture and the Law Relating to Domestic Violence, Increasing Transcultural Sensitivity and Competence

Oct 26, 2015, Trouble at Home: Combating Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment: the DART Health Engagement Task Force organized an event for medical residents at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine called “Trouble at Home: Combating Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment“. Guest speakers Dr. Kathleen Nolan (pediatrician), Dr. Mohit Bhandari (orthopedic surgeon) and Dr. Robin Mason (scientist) gave insightful presentations which aimed to 1) increase understanding of the prevalence of IPV among women with injuries; 2) discuss identification and the first response by healthcare providers; and, 3) provide a general outline approach to suspected child abuse. DART member agencies were also present and provided information on the services that are available within the region to address IPV and child maltreatment.