A one-day conference in French is designed to empower people to speak up against domestic violence.
The one-day conference – La Violence Conjugale – Ca Regarde Toute Le Monde (Domestic Violence – It’s Everybody’s Business. Speak Up!) – will be held at the Toronto Police College (70 Birmingham Street) on Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s for members of the French-speaking community, many of whom are newcomers to Canada from African nations,” said Domestic Violence Coordinator Detective Ann-Marie Tupling. “We want to educate the public on what happens when a victim of domestic violence calls police – how the criminal justice process unfolds and what resources are available to victims. There are people who believe they may endanger their immigration status if they report this crime – which is not the case.”
Members of the Toronto Police Service will be joined by speakers from the Children’s Aid Society, the Crown Attorney’s office, the Victim Witness Assistance Program, Elder Abuse Ontario, Centre Francophone, CAMH, and Oasis Centre des femmes.
“All the presentations will be in French so that we’re removing that barrier of language and reaching out to people who may not otherwise get our message,” Tupling said. “We want everyone in Toronto to feel empowered to speak up against domestic violence. The conference is free to the public with breakfast and lunch included. Anyone wishing to attend the conference must sign up here.