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VEGA Project: Supporting nurses in addressing family violence

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12 to 1 pm ET

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Family violence is a major public health problem with devastating consequences for children, women, families, communities and society. The VEGA Project has developed online educational resources to assist health-care and social service providers in providing safe and appropriate care to those impacted by family violence. This webinar will provide an overview of family violence in Canada, the VEGA Project and the resources available. The objectives of this webinar are to:

  • Gain knowledge about family violence in Canada
  • Develop an understanding of the VEGA Project and how the resources were created
  • Provide tools and resources to support nurses to address family violence in practice

Presented by:

Karima Velji

Karima Velji, RN, PhD, CHE
Vice President, Clinical Services
Ontario Shores

Karima Velji holds the position of Vice President of Clinical Services at Ontario Shores, a Centre of Excellence for Mental Health Care in Whitby, Ontario, and she is the current co-chair of Health Canada’s VEGA program. Karima’s responsibilities extend to provincial and national leadership including Past President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Nurses Association (2014 to 2016). She also has cross-appointments to the University of Toronto, UWO, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Nippissing University.


Harriet MacMillan, CM, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Distinguished University Professor, McMaster University

Harriet MacMillan is a psychiatrist and pediatrician conducting family violence research and is the Lead of the VEGA Project. She is a member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies, a Distinguished University Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, and of Pediatrics at McMaster University. Harriet’s research focuses on the epidemiology of violence against children and women and is funded by organizations such as CIHR, CDC and PHAC. Her work in the area of family violence has been recognized with an appointment as a member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

To watch recordings of previous webinars, visit CNA’s Progress in Practice YouTube channel.