RESOLVE Manitoba Update

Research Coordinator Opportunity

Applications are invited for a part-time, 6-month term Research Coordinator position at RESOLVE Manitoba located at the University of Manitoba. The anticipated appointment start date is March 1, 2021.

The successful applicant will have a graduate degree (or near completion) in social work (or related discipline) and have a solid understanding of family and gender-based violence. They will work remotely and have the following responsibilities: coordinating research projects, organizing research meetings, assisting with the recruitment of study participants, assisting with literature reviews, data analysis, and write-up of final research reports. Previous research experience is required. Candidates with expertise working in the area of violence against Indigenous women or populations is an asset. The position is part-time (10-15 hours per week) and compensation ranges from $23.03-26.11/hr, based on qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr. Kendra Nixon, the Director of RESOLVE.

Application materials should include: cover letter outlining previous research experience and experience working in the area of family or gender-based violence, resumé, and three references. Please forward all application material electronically (by email) to Dr. Kendra Nixon at kendra.nixon@umanitoba.ca. The closing date for applications is Friday, February 12, 2021.

For more information download the job posting here

RESOLVE Manitoba COVID-19 Update

RESOLVE Manitoba continues to adapt to the ever-changing COVID-19 environment, which includes staff continuing to work from home, hosting virtual meetings and virtual events and transferring data into online formats. RESOLVE Manitoba recognizes that we are all in this together and we must do our part in staying safe by following public health orders. We will continue to share information about COVID-19 and the impact on survivors and service providers through our social media channels.

RESOLVE Manitoba recently received a grant to explore the impact of COVID-19 on intimate partner violence survivors and service providers.  See the announcement below for more details.

Dr. Kendra Nixon Awarded $24,780 for New Project

Dr. Kendra Nixon, Director of RESOLVE and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, was recently awarded $24,780 for her project investigating COVID-19 and the experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors and service providers. The study is a partnership with Nadine Henriquez (Faculty of Health Studies, Brandon University) and Nadine Smith, Government of Manitoba (Status of Women) Family Violence Prevention Program.

The project will aim to address current and critical gaps by better understanding how pandemics, such as COVID-19, directly impact survivors of IPV and the organizations that serve them. The objectives of the project include: 1) Establish a foundational understanding of the nature and scope of the impact of pandemics on the social issue of IPV; 2) Explore the impact of pandemics on IPV survivors; 3) Identify how pandemics can put IPV survivors at additional risk; 4) Explore the impacts of pandemics on IPV service providers; 5) Explore how IPV-serving organizations in Manitoba responded to COVID-19, including what barriers they encountered; 6) Develop policy and practice recommendations for policymakers and service providers. Through these objectives, the extent of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on IPV victims/survivors and service providers will be identified. Learn more about the project here.

REES (Respect, Educate, Empower Survivors) Online Platform

Mary Lobson, Director of Ending Violence Manitoba & Project Manager at REES

REES logoOne year ago, we began working on the design and development of REES (Respect, Educate, Empower Survivors); an online platform for reporting sexual violence on campus.

Our first meetings were with students from institutions across Canada. Students from University of Victoria, Emily Carr, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Canadian Mennonite University, Western University, McGill and Concordia were the first to provide input into REES with their thoughts and feedback. We went back to the drawing board over and over again making 51 drafts of the platform with ongoing feedback from students, faculty, staff and community members. We wanted to get it right for so many reasons.

We have felt enormous pressure in creating REES. We needed to make sure that privacy and security were at the core of our design choices. We learned very quickly that there is no universal understanding of a trauma-informed and survivor-centred response to sexual violence and that even advocates, and experts may not share exactly the same views. The students and survivors (often the same people) spoke about the importance of REES being trustworthy.

A year later REES has launched on 10 campuses across Manitoba and we are engaging with institutions and student groups in Canada and internationally. The issue of campus sexual violence is prevalent no matter where you go to school and the needs of survivors are similar regardless of where their campus is located. Campus sexual violence is a global issue.

We recently met with an Advocate from a campus sexual violence resource centre to provide an overview and demo of REES. We went through the platform providing information about privacy, features and functionality. After we finished, she looked at us over Zoom said, “REES is exactly what we have been waiting for.” It was a moment I will never forget.

When you arrive at the REES website you can read the FAQ and learn more about the platform, your campus sexual violence policy and the supports available on your campus and in your respective community. Each partner institution has a version of the platform that is customized specifically for them.

REES offers multiple reporting that include Anonymous Report, Connect to My Campus, and Report to Police. Once you create an account, you decide how much information you want to include in your Record.

Anonymous Reports are created by survivors and collect anonymous aggregate information that is provided back to the institution after each term. With Connect to My Campus, a user can reach out to directly to their designated campus contact to receive information and support, and/or to make a report. We also partnered with RCMP, Winnipeg Police Service, and Brandon Police Service to facilitate reporting directly to law enforcement.

Another feature of REES is Repeat Perpetrator Identification. RPI enables a survivor to provide identifying information about the person who harmed them and if two survivors provide information about the same perpetrator, the designated campus contact is notified.

It is exciting to see the collaboration across Manitoba in a province-wide effort to make campuses safer. We look forward to adding colleges and universities from the rest of Canada to the list of REES campuses as we work together to address and prevent gender-based violence!

RESOLVE Manitoba Hosts Undergraduate Research Award Recipient Karen Power

Each year the Office of the Vice-President, Research and International, in partnership with the University of Manitoba Student Union, offers an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) that annually provides an individual student with the opportunity to be mentored full-time with a professor for the summer months and to gain valuable research experience in their field of interest. This year, Karen Power was awarded the Undergraduate Research award. Karen Power had worked the entire summer with Dr. Kendra Nixon and was directly involved in many RESOLVE projects.

Following the internship, Karen Power mentioned that she felt honored to have had the opportunity through the University of Manitoba’s Undergraduate Research Award program to gain valuable experience researching in the area of gender-based violence. She firmly believes that everyone deserves to feel safe in this world and is extremely grateful to have been involved in work that is contributing to the knowledge base on such a complex social issue.

About Karen Power

Karen PowerKaren Power is currently a student in the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Manitoba. In addition to her studies, she is a volunteer at Art City and the Winnipeg Children’s Access Agency. Karen is also an active member of the Social Work Student’s Association where she recently had accepted the position of Programmer following her term serving as Secretary.

Karen is very passionate about social justice, inclusion, and building supportive communities where people can thrive. In the future, she hopes to practice social work in the field of community development, continue to be involved in research on important social issues, and eventually earn a Master’s degree in Social Work.

Farewell to Steering Committee Members

RESOLVE Manitoba announces farewell to Dr. Elaine Mordoch and Donalda Wotton from the University of Manitoba and Roberta Graham from Brandon University. We thank these Steering Committee members for their commitment and dedication to RESOLVE Manitoba and the Network over the past years and wish them the best.

Welcome to New Steering Committee Members

RESOLVE Manitoba is pleased to welcome new Steering Committee member Nadine Henriquez, RN, MN, Assistant Professor at Brandon University (Faculty of Health Studies).

NadineNadine Henriquez, as Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at the University of Brandon incorporates her expertise in older adult and family health using a faculty developed Family Case Model approach to examine individual and family responses to illness while emphasizing a nurses’ roles in health promotion, prevention, curative, rehabilitative, and supportive care. 

Nadine Henriquez’s research examining the impact of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/questioning (LGBTQ) curricular theory on students and the experiences of LGBTQ persons receiving healthcare has led to the development of innovative curricular. This family-focused approach has helped improve future nurses’ understanding of how LGBTQ individuals experience physical and emotional (mental) health, and how they access health services within their community.

RESOLVE Manitoba is pleased to welcome new Steering Committee member Detective/ Sergeant Shane Wepruk from the Winnipeg Police Service.

Detective/Sergeant Shane Wepruk has been with the Winnipeg Police Service for close to 15 years.  He has worked intermittingly in general patrol between working as an investigator in the Central Crime unit and the Arson Unit.  He completed 3 years as a Domestic Violence Investigator before being promoted in spring of 2019 and returning to the front line of General Patrol. In February 2020, he took on the role of Domestic Violence Intervention Coordinator.