Youth Dating Violence: Two Innovative Canadian Interventions

Presented by: Representatives from Radius’ Youth Dating Violence Intensive Intervention Program and Egale Canada's Speak OUT: LGBTQI2S Youth Dating Violence project.
This Resource Spotlight was presented and recorded on May 4, 2021.

Funded by Public Safety Canada, Radius’ Youth Dating Violence Intensive Intervention Program is one-of-a-kind in terms of its approach in working to end dating violence. By working directly with those who have perpetrated the violence, in an intensive, individualized manner, they work to interrupt the continuation of violence within relationships that otherwise may continue into adulthood. With a focus not only on what risk factors brought the young person to a place of using violence, they also incorporate trauma work into their approach, because as they share, hurt people hurt people.

The Speak OUT: LGBTQI2S Youth Dating Violence presentation is a quick showcase into their latest research, community-ideation and intervention planning project aimed at addressing intimate partner violence among 2SLGBTQI youth in Canada.

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Learning Objectives

  • Intervening with youth who harm dating partners.
  • A youth-centered hackathon to generate and evaluate solutions to prevent LGBTQI2S teen/youth dating violence.
  • Factors that contribute to program effectiveness and the cultural safety of youth.


Representatives from Radius’ Youth Dating Violence Intensive Intervention Program

kelsey-picture-upload.jpgKelsey Harford has her Masters in Social Work from York University and is a Registered Social Worker. She currently works for Radius Child & Youth Services as a Clinical Therapist, as well as the Program Coordinator of the Youth Dating Violence Intensive Intervention Program (which she will be presenting on today). Prior to Radius, Kelsey did extensive work in the area of dating violence, including regularly presenting to high school students, and being brought in to speak at several conferences.


bente-picture-upload.jpgAfter completing her MSW at the University of Toronto in 1994, Bente Skau worked with children, youth and families in a children’s mental health context. Bente has extensive training in family therapy and is committed to integrating a social justice focus into her practice work. In 1992 Bente became involved with Peel Collaborative where she provided group services, assessment and treatment for young men who have sexually harmed. She then went on to complete a Ph.D. in social work where her dissertation “Who has Seen What? When? Pornography’s Contribution to the Social Construction of Sexuality” explored the intersection between pornography exposure and the attitudes and behavior of Canadian youth. Bente has been practicing at Radius (formally the Halton Trauma Centre) for the past 16 years where she provided assessment and treatment for children and youth impacted by interpersonal violence. In 2016, Bente took on the role of Director of Clinical Services for Radius. In addition, she teaches in the School of Social Work at York University in Toronto.

Representatives from Egale Canada

egale-picture-upload.pngEgale is Canada’s leading organization for 2SLGBTQI people and issues. We improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. Our work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universal truth that all persons are equal and none is other.

Egale Canada's mission is to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQI people in Canada and to enhance the global response to 2SLGBTQI issues. Egale will achieve this by informing public policy, inspiring cultural change, and promoting human rights and inclusion through research, education, awareness and legal advocacy.

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