Knowledge Hub Presents

The Knowledge Hub Presents series features information on trauma- and violence-informed research and practice developed by members of the Trauma-Informed Community of Practice in their work related to the Preventing and Addressing Family Violence: The Public Health Perspective (2022-2026) investment of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The series provides a platform for the Trauma-Informed Community of Practice to share their expertise with a larger public audience and encourage knowledge mobilization opportunities. Recordings are available on the website after the live event.

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Upcoming Events

ConnectED Parents


Date | Time:  Thursday March 7, 2024 | 1:00 to 1:30 pm Eastern Time (ET)

Since 2019, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence has been spearheading the design, implementation, and evaluation of ConnectED Parents, an innovative approach to support parents and caregivers in preventing adolescent dating violence. ConnectED Parents simplifies and accelerates the learning process for parents and caregivers through 60 interactive text messages, offering a quick and accessible way to enhance their skills in fostering healthy relationships for their children. Beyond individual learning, ConnectED Parents involves training community and parent leaders to create a support system and a healthy social environment around parents, reinforcing healthy relationship behaviours.

In this presentation, Lianne Lee will provide an overview of the ConnectED Parents approach, highlight emerging lessons that can shape effective strategies for engaging parents and caregivers in violence prevention efforts, and share the exciting launch of their text-learning modules across Canada.



Lianne Lee holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Research, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Education, Economics and Society, and English. Since 2006, she has led a broad range of community programs and systems-change initiatives that seek to enhance the wellbeing of children and youth from diverse backgrounds. Included is frontline work in after-school community programs early in her career and managing undergraduate programs and research projects at the Werklund School of Education’s Youth Leadership Centre. In addition to directing the Alberta Healthy Youth Relationships Strategy at Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, Lianne has helped to lead the design of a provincial primary prevention framework for Alberta to guide policies and practices that stop violence before it starts. Lianne is the Project Manager for this project.

Learn more about the ConnectED Parents project.



MODELSS - Moving On: Digital Empowerment and Literacy Skills for Survivors

This presentation was recorded on October 25, 2023

October 24-27, 2023 was Media Literacy week. We are pleased to be partnering with MediaSmarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital Media Literacy for this Knowledge Hub Presents.

An introduction to MediaSmarts' intervention research project titled Moving On: Digital Empowerment and Literacy Skills for Survivors, which aims to adapt, deliver, and evaluate digital media literacy resources for survivors of technology-facilitated violence and abuse (TFVA) and the practitioners in the violence against women (VAW) sector who support them. This presentation covers the project’s trauma-and violence-informed lens, its qualitative methods, key findings, and ongoing development of resources.



Dr. Kara Brisson-Boivin is the Director of Research at Mediasmarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital Media Literacy. Kara is responsible for the planning, methodology, implementation, and dissemination of key findings from original MediaSmarts’ research studies as well as evaluations of MediaSmarts’ programs. Kara researches the various impacts of digital technology and culture on digital citizenship, digital well-being, and online resiliency for Canadians broadly and youth in particular. Kara works with a number of academic partners on tri-agency funded research projects, private and public sector groups, as well as federal departments on online issues including; digital equity and inclusion, digital well-being and online resilience, privacy, online hate, mis/dis information, and algorithms and artificial intelligence. Kara brings to MediaSmarts extensive publication experience in academic journals, magazines, news op-eds and research blogs; and a background in presenting research to key stakeholders on parliamentary committees, at academic conferences, invited talks, panels, keynote addresses, and in media interviews. 

Learn more about the MODELSS project.


Connections for Breaking the Cycle (C-BTC) of Violence - Developing and Testing a Readiness Tool for Partnerships with Community-Based Projects

This presentation was recorded on October 18, 2023

The goal of the Building Connections initiative (2016-2020) was to enhance community capacity to identify and respond to interpersonal violence of mothers parenting infants and young children. It was important to thoughtfully and systematically engage community partners that would have the capacity, resources, and systems of support in place to safely deliver and evaluate the intervention. Using trauma-informed and relational approaches, we developed a tool to assess projects’ readiness called Your Starting Point Story (YSPS). This presentation will describe the development, testing, and usefulness of the YSPS tool for understanding projects’ capacity to provide trauma-informed services to vulnerable families with complex needs.



Mary Motz, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Clinical Psychologist at Mothercraft’s Breaking the Cycle program in Toronto and an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at York University. Since obtaining her degree in clinical-developmental psychology at York University in 2003, she has been working with pregnant people, mothers, as well as their infants andyoung children who are at risk for maladaptive outcomes because of challenges related to substance use and mental health difficulties, interpersonal violence and trauma, marginalization by society and systemic violence, and poverty.

Learn more about the Connections for Breaking the Cycle (C-BTC) of Violence project on the our project profile page and on Mothercraft's website