Monday, March 15, 2010

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EXPERT DR. DONALD DUTTON TO SPEAK AT VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NANAIMO, BC (March 10 - 2010) – MARS BC, the Men's Affordable Resources Society of British Columbia and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Vancouver Island University is presenting a talk on domestic violence by Dr. Donald Dutton on March 19th at VIU's Nanaimo Campus.

Dr. Dutton is a Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His books include The Abusive Personality, The Domestic Assault of Women and Rethinking Domestic Violence. Dr. Dutton has served as an expert witness in several prominent legal cases involving domestic abuse and spousal homicide, including the O. J. Simpson case and more recently at the Oak Bay Inquest investigating the Peter Lee murders.

"In spite of a widening stream of statistical evidence to the contrary, the myth persists that it is women, and only women, who are the victims of intimate partner violence." says Dr. Dutton. "The stereotype of the male as a bully and the female as hapless victim is not supported by the data. Surveys from 1989 to 2007 keep finding the same thing; the most common form of domestic violence is two-way - both partners assault each other at about the same level of severity."

"The default demonization of one sex and victimization of the other is an insult to scientific integrity, a stumbling block to rehabilitation, a strong contributing factor in the ruining of many lives, and a shameful blot on our human rights record."

Dr. Dutton's talk on Domestic Violence is being held at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, Friday, March 19th from 7pm to 9pm, in the Student Union Building (Bldg 200), Room 203. Limited seating is available. A live internet webcast will be available – go to www.marsbc.com For more information phone: 250-716-1551 or email: info@marsbc.com .

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The Men's Affordable Resources Society of British Columbia (MARS BC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping & representing individuals and service organizations which provide resources for fathers and men throughout British Columbia. We strive to create healthier communities through education, advocating and developing relevant tools for fathers and men to build stronger communities in BC.
For more information about the services of MARS BC call 250-716-1551 (extension 14) or log on to our website www.marsbc.com.

Contact:

Kim Howland
Men's Affordable Resources Society of BC (MARS BC)
418D Fitzwilliam Street
Phone: 250-716-1551
Fax: 250-716-1557
Email: kim@marsbc.com
Website: www.marsbc.com

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