Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Educational Event for HR Professionals

This two hour event includes:

  • two expert speakers
  • a panel representing community services who will describe their services and community resources
  • Q & A


Barb MacQuarrie is the Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women & Children in the Faculty of Education at the Western University and a recipient of the Order of Ontario. Barb has spoken locally, nationally and internationally about gendered violence and strategies to address it. She has co-authored publications and produced videos and online trainings on gendered workplace violence and harassment, domestic violence risk assessment and other topics. Barb manages the Make It Our Business workplace domestic violence training program. She worked in collaboration with colleagues at Western University and the Canadian Labour Congress to conduct the first national Canadian study on the impacts of domestic violence on workers and the workplace.

Derek Morgan is a Regional Consultant, Health & Community Services for the Public Services Health & Safety Association. Derek provides occupational health and safety training, resources and consulting to reduce workplace risks and to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses. Derek is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Waterloo in the Human Resources Management Program where he teaches Occupational Health & Safety. 

Panelists Describing Community Services and Resources for Addressing Domestic Violence:  

- Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region
- Waterloo Regional Police Services - Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region
- Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
- Multicultural Centre, John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington
- Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
- Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council


Interpersonal Violence Prevention and the Health Engagement Task Force
Organizations have been collaborating for several years to increase the ability of our community to prevent, detect and respond to domestic violence. Previous educational events were provided for populations of health professionals (nurses, midwives, dentists) and increasing their ability to detect and respond to domestic violence.

The Health Engagement Task Force of the Domestic Assault Review Team (DART) is comprised of the Region of Waterloo Public Health, The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington and the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre.

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