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dawned.jpgBreaking the Uncomfortable Silence

Dawn and Ed Novak’s daughter was in a violent relationship. Many saw the signs – no one spoke up. Natalie, a 20-year-old university student, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. The Novaks are breaking the silence surrounding domestic violence. And an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Western is using education to prevent this violence from happening to others.

Sonia and Maha El-BiraniFatal Silence

The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference is the backdrop for this insightful documentary that focuses on Sonia El-Birani who was murdered by her husband in 2012. Her daughter, Maha El-Biranı speaks publicly of the traumatic events and through behind the scenes conversations and self reflections uncovers the risk factors and potential actions that may have prevented her mother’s death.


Cornwall Inquiry Report CoverCornwall Public Inquiry

The Cornwall Public Inquiry was established in 2006 to review allegations of historical abuse of young people in Cornwall, and to examine how the justice system and institutions in Cornwall responded. The Report of the Cornwall Inquiry was released on December 15, 2009.

Heritage plaqueHeritage Plaque

Western honours groundbreaking research on violence against women and children Western University has recognized The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) for its groundbreaking research and 25-year partnership with the community. The plaque, which is voted on by the Western community, celebrates significant research-related moments in the university’s history, and encourages the campus community and its visitors to learn how these contributions have benefited the social, financial, cultural and medical well-being of citizens in Canada and abroad.