Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace Through Collaboration Dialogue Series





As a precautionary measure in response to the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure the health and safety of our registrants we are postponing our Regional Dialogue on Collaborating to Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace in Halifax. We’ve been following the news of COVID-19 and are following the advice of public health authorities for social distancing measures which include public/mass gathering. We’ve heard from numerous registrants that many organizations are following suit and are unable to attend.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused, and we do hope that you will be able to join when we do reschedule in Halifax.

We will continue to follow the direction from local health officials and government leaders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We wish you good health,

Planning team

This event is the first of a Regional Dialogue Series that will create space for labour, federally regulated employers, shelters, and marginalized communities to discuss and learn about innovative approaches to addressing domestic violence in the workplace. It is an opportunity to share information about working collaboratively across sectors, geographies and types of organizations to support those affected and to mitigate impacts on workplaces.

Who Should Attend?

  • Management representatives from federally regulated workplaces
  • Union leaders and representatives from federally regulated workplaces
  • Shelter workers and domestic violence risk assessment experts
  • Leaders and representatives of marginalized communities

Each Regional Dialogue will focus on the following objectives:


  • To increase collective awareness of the resources (ie: supports, tools, strategies and threat assessors) available in each specific region by service organizations that can support employers and unions in addressing domestic violence.
  • To strengthen relationships between community-based domestic violence services and federal workplaces and identify strategies for continued relationship-building.
  • To build collective awareness and ability to support marginalized workers and those who experience additional barriers in accessing supports.
  • To expand our knowledge in co-developing and participating in collaborative service delivery models across sectors, geographies, and types of organizations.

Space is limited 


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musqua-leblanc-g.jpgGeri Musqua-LeBlanc is a proud Nakawe woman from the Keeseekoose First Nation. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Geri's traditional name is Red Eagle Woman. She is a Bear Clan Knowledge Keeper and a Pipe Carrier. Red Eagle Woman is a Women's Traditional Dancer. She is a residential school survivor.




mary-shortall.jpgMary Shortall
Mary Shortall was first elected President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), in October, 2013. The NLFL represents 70,000 union members in more than 25 affiliated unions, who live and work in every community in Newfoundland & Labrador (NL), in every sector of the economy.


samra-zafar.jpgSamra Zafar
Samra Zafar is an award-winning international speaker, bestselling author, consultant, educator, and social entrepreneur who advocates for equity, inclusion, and human rights. Her book,A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose, became an instant bestseller and was named as a 2019 Book of the Year for Canadian Nonfiction by the CBC. It is now being published internationally and adapted to a TV series.

heather-byrne.jpgHeather Byrne
Heather Byrne is the Executive Director of Alice House, a not for profit organization in Halifax that provides safe housing, counselling and support for women and children fleeing intimate partner violence. Through Alice House, Heather delivers education and engagement initiatives about intimate partner violence awareness and prevention presenting in schools, universities, government and private sector groups.


Tod Augusta-Scott
Tod Augusta-Scott, MSW is known internationally for his work with gendered-based violence, restorative approaches and narrative therapy. He has worked for a trauma-informed community-based organization for over twenty-five years.For the past fifteen he has also worked for the Canadian Armed Forces. He has presented his work internationally (Asia, Europe, British Isles, America) and presented in every province in Canada.


Danielle Baker
Danielle Baker is the Director Human Resources at Ontario Northland, a government agency providing vital bus and rail services throughout Northern Ontario. With over 20 years experience in public sector Human Resources, Danielle has had the opportunity to lead Health & Safety programs for organizations in the healthcare and transportation sectors.


7:00 - 8:15 BREAKFAST

8:30 - 9:30

Theme 1 – Domestic Violence IS a workplace issue
8:30 - 9:00 Opening & Introduction Barb MacQuarrie & Katreena Scott
Research:  A Canadian Perspective
9:00 - 10:10 Opening Plenary

DV in the workplace is an ISSUE in the workplace" the workplace is a social actor that has a role to play. 

  • Mary Shortall (Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour)
  • Danielle Baker
  • Tod Augusta-Scott (Bridges Institute)
  • Heather Byrne (Alice House)
  • Samra Zafar (Survivor)
10:10 - 10:40 BREAK
10:40 - 11:30 Demo Tools (Website, policy & risk screening)
11:30 - 12:15 Theme 2 – Problem-solving scenarios: How prepared are we?

Scenario 1 (Survivor) round table discussion  

12:15 - 1:15 


1:15 - 2:00 Scenario 2 (Perpetrator)
2:00 - 3:00  Demo 1-hour curriculum
3:00 - 3:30 BREAK
3:30 - 4:30 CLOSING Plenary