TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
TRACK B: RECOGNIZING INTERPERSONAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Dr. Michelle Ward, MD FAAP FRCPC, Division Head, Child and Youth Protection, Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Vice President, Child and Youth Maltreatment Section, Canadian Paediatric Society
All children in Canada deserve to grow up in an environment that nurtures them and helps them meet their best potential as children and then as adults. Unfortunately, child maltreatment (abuse and neglect) is a surprisingly common problem and often interrupts a healthy life path. Approximately 1.5% of children in Canada are the subjects of reports to a child welfare agency in which maltreatment is substantiated. However, population studies show that nearly 1/3 of adults (both men and women) report experiencing maltreatment as children. Maltreatment experienced in childhood is linked to many negative outcomes such as higher rates of violence, teen pregnancy, school problems, substance abuse and involvement with the criminal justice system. More recently, child maltreatment has also been directly linked to changes in brain development and to long-term health problems including all forms of mental health disorders and many physical health disorders such as heart disease, liver disease and diabetes. It is also a costly problem for the healthcare system and for society generally, with lost productivity and higher social service costs for victims. All Canadians have a legal and moral responsibility to report cases of possible child maltreatment to appropriate authorities. In order to do this, it is necessary to understand how to recognize signs of maltreatment and intervene in a way that is most likely to help a child. Animal welfare professionals have a special opportunity to play a positive role in these cases. This presentation will focus on practical tools to assist professionals who are involved in animal welfare to understand their role in identifying and reporting child maltreatment.
- Understand what child maltreatment is and how it affects children.
- Have tools to spot potential child maltreatment.
- Know how to document and report concerns to the appropriate authority.
Dr. Michelle Ward is a pediatrician and Head of the Division of Child and Youth Protection at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute and Vice President of the Child and Youth Maltreatment Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society. She is certified in pediatrics in Canada and the United States and is Board Certified in Child Abuse Pediatrics (U.S.). Dr. Ward's clinical work involves the medical assessment and management of children with possible injuries or effects of child maltreatment. Her teaching, research, advocacy and academic interests include medical aspects of child abuse, care of children involved with the child welfare system, education of professionals, and other issues for vulnerable populations.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5
SPEAKER: Carl Sesely, Profiler, Behavioural Sciences Unit, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Criminal behaviour is a complex phenomenon and is the product of many drivers, including mental health. This presentation will explore how mental health plays a role in a variety of criminal behaviours, such as cruelty to animals, as well as discuss the
weight that profilers give to red flag behaviour traits like animal abuse and arson when they are building profiles, or when preparing to interview suspects. Participants will gain insight into how certain crimes figure into the profiling process.
- The role of mental health in cases of criminal abuse.
- Bestiality in the Criminal Code of Canada.
- Using red flag behaviour traits to build a profile.
PANEL: Cross-Sector Collaboration to Better Address High-Risk Interpersonal Violence and Animal Cruelty
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
Tracy Porteous, Executive Director, Ending Violence Association of BC
Marcie Moriarty, Chief Prevention and Enforcement Officer, British Columbia SPCA
Teena Stoddart, Sergeant, Ottawa Police Service
Thinking about community safety as a collaborative process is a concept that most cross-sector models responding to high-risk interpersonal violence have at their core. Conducting collaborative risk assessment, collaborative safety planning and collaborative offender management is a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach to managing high-risk cases of interpersonal violence. These innovative models are being implemented in communities across Canada in response to many deaths and as a means to increase information-sharing which in turn allows for more effective risk assessment and safety planning.
- Why Collaborate?
- What does cross sector collaboration look like?
- Expanding our current concepts of who should be involved in community safety initiatives.
With separate degrees in Animal Biology and Law, Marcie Moriarty draws on all aspects of her background and education as head of the BC SPCA's Prevention and Enforcement Department. Marcie was called to the bar in May 2003 and went on to practise civil litigation. Her passion for animal welfare and advocacy soon led her to a career with the BC SPCA in 2005 as General Manager of the society's Cruelty Investigations Department. During her time at the BC SPCA, Marcie has presented to numerous animal welfare and law students on the subject of animal cruelty law and co-taught an animal law class at UBC Law school. In 2012, Marcie took on her current role leading a department that combines both cruelty investigations, stakeholder relations and scientific programs. Read our interview with Marcie Moriarty here.
Tracy Porteous is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who, for 35 years, has been actively involved in a leadership capacity developing tools, resources, programs, collaborative strategies and delivering training to many sectors related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence and child abuse.
Tracy is a three-time Governor General of Canada medal recipient, the most recent in 2014 where she was honoured with the GG medal in recognition of the Persons Case for "exemplary contributions towards the equality of women in Canada".
She was a member of BC’s 2016 Domestic Violence Death Review Panel, was a member of the 2010 DV Death Review panel, and has testified in front of federal Parliamentary committees related to violence against women, the Coroner Inquest into the murders of Sunny Park and her family, and recently assisted the Canadian Chiefs of Police with the development of national best practices related to interpersonal violence.
In 2012, Tracy attended the United Nation’s 57th Commission on the Status of Women in New York as an official delegate from Canada and spoke at a global session about prevention of violence against women.
In 2011 Tracy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Child and Youth Representative of BC, Mary Ellen Turpel LaFond, after launching the grounding breaking Be More Than A Bystander; Break the Silence on Violence Against Women campaign with the BC Lions Football Club.
Tracy is the Executive Director of the Ending Violence Association of BC, a Provincial Association that supports 240 anti-violence programs across BC that specialize in responding to sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and stalking. She is also the Co-Chair of the Ending Violence Association of Canada, the national entity that is working with the CFL on the development and implementation of its new national Violence Against Women Policy.
Tracy is regularly invited on CBC radio, CFAX, CKNW, CBC TV, CTV, Global BC TV and various other media outlets as a subject matter expert on issues related to gender-based violence.
Teena Stoddart started out as a constable with the Ontario Provincial Police in 1991, transferring to the Ottawa Police Service in 1998 as part of the amalgamation. She has been a Sergeant since 2001, working in frontline policing, human resources, major case management, and planning, performance and analytics. She was seconded to the Ontario Behavioural Science Unit as a Viclas Analyst, and has also worked in community policing, where she assisted with the implementation of a collaborative policing initiative.
She is presently with the Quality Assurance Electronic Motor Vehicle Collision Unit. As a Sergeant, she was seconded to United Way as a loaned representative for the 2008 campaign, where she managed 33 workplace campaigns. She has volunteered with the Ottawa Humane Society for more than 15 years, assisting with their event planning and was instrumental in organizing a meeting with the Justice Minister's office for CFHS in 2009/2010.