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March 2020

Religion and Family Violence: Understanding the challenges and working for change – Winnipeg, MB *CANCELLED

March 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Canadian Mennonite University, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 2J1 Canada
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with Dr. Catherine Holtmann, University of New Brunswick Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence invites you to a workshop to equip individuals, communities, and faith leaders with practical tools on how to effectively identify and assist victims and perpetrators of family violence.    

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April 2020

Domestic Abuse and Pastoral Care Workshop – Morden, MB *postponed

April 23 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
310 Thornhill Street, Morden, 310 Thornhill ST
Morden, Manitoba

*Postponed. Stay tuned for details. A workshop on how to offer practical and spiritual care in situations of intimate partner abuse.

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Safe Church Webinar With Ruth Everhart, Author of #MeToo Reckoning

April 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Safe Church Ministry of the Christian Reform Church (CRC) is hosting a webinar: a conversation with Ruth Everhart, focused on her new book The #MeToo Reckoning! We are grateful to the Safe Church Ministry of CRC for allowing us to extend this invite to our broader MCC Community. All too often, churches have been complicit in protecting those who abuse and in maintaining cultures of secrecy, shame, and silence. In her book, The #MeToo Reckoning, pastor and author, Ruth Everhart, shines…

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May 2020

How Churches can Respond to Family Violence During COVID 19: Connecting and Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence: The Role of Manitoba Victim Services

May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Salvation Army in partnership with Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence is inviting pastors and religious leaders to a zoom meeting with the Victim Services to discuss: Role of Victim Services in general Role of Domestic Violence Support Services in supporting people who have experienced domestic violence Available services to support victims and their families Legal options for victims and their families Legal parameters around disclosure and confidentiality Please email breakingsilencedv@gmail.com to confirm your attendance and to receive the…

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October 2020

Pastoral Care and Domestic Abuse – Morden, MB

October 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Morden, MB,

This full day training is geared for faith leaders, pastors, and those in spiritual care roles. The day will include sessions on: the dynamics of intimate partner violence responding to those who are harmed by or use violence in their relationships offering spiritual and theological support in ways that do no further harm The workshop is presented in partnership with Genesis House. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. Deadline to register is October 16, 2020. Please note that there is…

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Active Bystander Training – Online

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Training Active Bystanders (TAB) program helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze situations, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. TAB heightens bystanders’ power. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others.

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November 2020

Webinar: Understanding Domestic Violence – Forms, Dynamics, and Myths

November 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

One in three Canadian women experience abuse from an intimate partner. This webinar will unpack myths related to domestic violence and broaden our understanding of its forms and impact. We will look at barriers to disclosing abuse and how we can start to address this hidden epidemic in our faith communities. Presented by: Dr. Deborah-Zita Somakoko – Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence, FOUNDER Dr. Deborah-Zita Somakoko is a mother, advocate, public speaker, business owner, and God servant. Deborah Zita…

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Webinar: How to support women experiencing abuse

November 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

As support people, how will we recognize the signs of abuse when we see them? How can we respond in the best ways possible to increase women’s safety and allow women to make their own decisions? In this workshop, Karen will offer concrete, proven tools to be effective in supporting women experiencing abuse. Presented by: Karen McAndless-Davis Karen McAndless-Davis is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in Canada and a Registered Professional Counsellor. She has worked in the field…

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Unmute: The Impact of a Pandemic of Gender-Based Violence (ONLINE)

November 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

UNMUTE is a forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. While a family’s life may seem normal from the other side of the screen, abuse is lurking behind closed doors. Immerse yourself in this important and timely piece that gives audience members the chance to rehearse scenarios for real life. Audiences will learn skills and resources for how they can make a difference. Click here to register

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Webinar: Working With Men Who Have Been Abusive

November 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

How do we walk with men who use abuse in their relationships? How do we apply a transformative justice model to domestic violence? In this webinar Magi will discuss accountability, the work required for men wanting to change, and how to offer support. Presented by: Magi Cooper Magi Cooper has been a dedicated advocate for domestic peace for over 30 years. Magi has co-facilitated Respectful Relationship programs for men incarcerated for spousal assault. She and her husband Bob Morrissey have…

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