City offers domestic violence awareness training for landlords

Original Article:  Daily Herald Tribune  |  May 8, 2018  |

Local landlords and residents are being invited to take part in domestic violence awareness training.

The City of Grande Prairie’s Community Social Development department is working alongside the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta (CPLEA) to offer “a presentation on the Domestic Violence Toolkit for Landlords”.

Tickets, which can be purchased at Community Social Development (10030 102 Ave.), are $10 per participant. Registration includes lunch, the presentation, a question and answer period and a physical copy of the toolkit, a release noted.

“Guest speakers include Lois Gander, professor at the University of Alberta whose legal research has focused on assisting landlords to prevent and address domestic violence on their premises, and Jeff Surtes, Executive Director of CPLEA with nearly 30 years experience in the legal and non-profit sector helping people understand laws that affect their lives,” a release noted.

“The Domestic Violence Toolkit for Landlords presentation is part of a CPLEA project to help victims of domestic violence. It intends to raise awareness of resources and services that landlords can use to prevent and respond to domestic violence on their premises.”

Published in April 2018, the toolkit “is designed for landlords, property managers and anyone else who works on-site or has access to a residential rental unit”. The release notes the toolkit includes information on how to help prevent domestic violence; what to do when domestic violence occurs; a list of services tenants can call for help; list of agencies to contact for more information about domestic violence; a list of educational resources to learn more about domestic violence.

The toolkit was created through partnerships with Calgary Residential Rental Association, Stop Abuse in Families, and the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters as well as all the landlords, property managers and domestic violence agencies that supported the project.

Project funding was made possible by the Alberta Status of Women.

The event is at the Stonebridge Hotel (12102 – 100 Street) on May 22 in Grande Prairie from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.