Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

April 24, 2009 15:26 ET

Media Advisory/Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women: A Forum for National Victims of Crime Awareness Week


OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 24, 2009) -

29 April 2009
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pineview Municipal Golf Course
1471 Blair Road

Last year, three women in Ottawa were murdered; two as a result of woman abuse. In 2007, seven local women were murdered; three as a result of woman abuse.

Across the province, 15 women and children were murdered as a result of woman abuse last year, while in 2007, some 21 were similarly murdered.

As part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, The Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) will bring together over 130 participants from 40 agencies and organizations at this Forum. Participants will focus on recommendations from the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC). (i)

Some Highlights of the Forum:

9:00am Erin Williams, Executive Director, OCTEVAW and
Christine Culham-Keays, Forum Chair and Executive Director of
Ottawa Victims Services

9:30am Keynote Speaker Myrna Dawson, Member of the Ontario Domestic
Violence Death Review Committee, Associate Professor & Canada
Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice, University of

12:45pm The Honourable Cheri Di Novo, MPP, Parkdale-High Park with a
perspective on Bill 133, which contains revisions to restraining
order legislation in family law.

Ottawa City Councillor Diane Holmes (Somerset Ward) will also be in attendance.

Go to for the complete agenda and speaker list.

Go to to view past reports of the DVDRC.

OCTEVAW is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to ending violence against women, and through leadership, education, advocacy and political action, to promoting a coordinated response to women and their children who have experienced abuse. The idea for this forum evolved from discussions at the OCTEVAW Justice Committee, where members expressed an interest in developing a community-wide response to the deaths last spring of two Ottawa women, as a result of intimate partner violence.

(i)The DVDRC is a multi-disciplinary advisory committee of experts, established under the authority of the Ontario Coroners Act, that reports the results of domestic violence fatality investigations to the province's Chief Coroner.

Contact Information

  • Erin Williams
    613-725-3601 x105 or 613-762-0961 (cell)
    Christine Culham-Keays
    613-286-2843 (cell)