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Preconference Workshops

Preconference Workshop 1: 

Creating Safety: Practical Strategies for Trauma and Violence Informed Care (TVIC)

Wednesday, Sept 26: 9am - 12pm (3 hours) Cost: $70

Brief Description: Trauma and Violence Informed Care is an approach that seeks to make clinical encounters as safe as possible for people who have experienced trauma, including all forms of interpersonal violence, historical and structural violence. In this workshop, participants will explore the foundations, key elements and advantages of TVIC, with a particular focus on the integration of practical resources, tools and strategies to strengthen their own practice and to promote broader adoption of TVIC into varied practice settings.

Workshop Facilitators:

Dr. Colleen Varcoe, RN, PhD, Professor, University of British Columbia School of Nursing, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Dr. Colleen Varcoe

Dr. Colleen Varcoe is committed to creating more just and ethical health care. Her work examines how the inequities of ethnicity, class, place and ability are central to violence against women. She is especially interested in advancing ethical healthcare policy and practice. Her various research projects converge to enhance practice and policy in the context of violence and inequity.

Dr. Nadine Wathen, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, and Research Scholar, Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Nadine Wathen

Dr. Nadine Wathen's research examines the health and social service sector response to violence against women and children, particularly how to integrate TVIC, interventions to reduce health inequities, and the science of knowledge mobilization, with a focus on partnerships to enhance the use of research in policy and practice. She co-leads a number of research initiatives, including: the PreVAiL Research Network (, VEGA: A Public Health Response to Family Violence (, EQUIP: Research to Equip Primary Health Care for Equity ( and the international Domestic Violence @ Work Network (

Student Facilitators: Tanaz Javan, PhD Candidate, Alexa Yakubovich, PhD Candidate

Preconference Workshop 2: 

Risk Assessment using the Danger Assessment (DA) and DA5

Wednesday, Sept 26: 1pm - 3pm (2 hours) Cost: $50

Brief Description: The Danger Assessment is an evidence-based risk assessment used to accurately identify women’s risk of being killed or seriously injured by an intimate partner. It has been widely used in clinical practice as an integral part of safety planning and system responses, as well as in research contexts. This workshop introduces foundational work used to develop the DA, a new short version (DA5), the DA-I (DA for Immigrant women) and the DA for Indigenous women (Walking the Path) and provides practical guidance in the administration, scoring and interpretation of this tool. Participants who complete this workshop will be eligible for certification in the use of the DA by completing a post-test at (includes personalized certificate of completion, results page, the scoring system worksheet and danger level interpretation personalized with your name).  

[Note: standard cost for DA training and certification is $125 US + $25 US certification fee; Dr. Campbell has graciously offered this workshop at a greatly reduced cost for NNVAWI conference delegates).

Workshop Facilitator:

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, RN, PhD, FAAN, Anna D. Wolf Chair, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Dr. Jackie Campbell

Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Anna Wolf Chair and a Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She was a founding member of NNVAWI, has more than 250 publications and 7 books and has conducted multiple research studies on violence against women and health consequences including DV homicide.

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