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CALGARY SUN - Sat, May 8, 2004
Talks aim at curbing violence
By PABLO FERNANDEZ,
Victims of violence joined with experts in
Calgary yesterday to map out ways to curb domestic abuse and
bullying in Alberta. But not all those looking into the issue
were convinced the provincial roundtable would fully address
Violence against men and seniors is not being
given an equal share of discussion by the roundtable, said Men's
Education Support Association spokesman Gus Sleiman.
"The roundtable, we fear, will have a
pre-determined outcome," he said.
The Counter-Roundtable was held yesterday at
Mamma's Restaurant, 320, 16 Ave. N.W., by groups who feel they
weren't given a fair opportunity to express their concerns.
Elected officials, health care and social
workers and victims of bullying and family violence took part in
the Alberta Bullying Roundtable on Family violence in the
The gathering came on the heels of 13
regional workshops, 33 focus groups and a questionnaire to
formulate strategies to deal with violence and to break the
cycle of abuse.
"We all need to give this issue our immediate
attention -- violence and fear have intruded into the lives of
our children, families and communities for far too long," said
roundtable honourary chair Colleen Klein.
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