Let's Talk About Abuse: Love Shouldn't Hurt | The Ismaili Canada

Let's Talk About Abuse: Love Shouldn't Hurt

November 22, 2020 | Canada

Violence within family units, between loved ones (such as intimate partner violence, child abuse, and elder abuse) is reaching epidemic proportions. The truth is that domestic violence touches many of us, and it is important to reach out and speak out.

When kept behind closed doors, violence is shielded and hidden, and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence. Each of us must examine - and change - the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore, or excuse violence.

Join our panelists with backgrounds in family law, trauma and addiction, social work, and faith traditions for this informative webinar. They will explore the different types of abuse, the effects of regular violence on a person’s mental, physical, and spiritual health, and how to find and provide help and support.

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

 -  C.S. Lewis


Naila Dharshi Alibhai is a national member on the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for Canada.  From 2015-2019, Naila was a member on the Ismaili Council for British Columbia.  She holds a Masters of Social Work and has a 20-year career with the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. Currently, she is working as the Director of Operations for Provincial Centralized Screening, whose primary role is to receive and assess child protection reports and initial requests for ministry services across the province.

Al-Waez Jamil Sawani lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he is a practicing criminal and civil litigation lawyer. He is also a Qualified Mediator and is currently serving as a Member of the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Canada. Al-Waez Jamil has a particular interest in the history and evolution of our faith traditions and practices.

Dr. Kara Sultana Rea, MD, DO, attended Kings College in the United Kingdom. She is presently working as a clinician and therapist in the field of trauma and addiction - specifically CPTSD and PTSD.

Shahnaz Jamal received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from the University of British Columbia and her Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary.  Shahnaz is an Alternate Dispute Resolution professional, holding certifications as Mediator, Arbitrator, and Parenting Coordinator.

After articling with a national law firm, Shahnaz was called to the bar in both British Columbia and Alberta, and has been practicing for 17 years predominantly in the area of Family Law.

Since the inception of Jamal Law Group in 2008, Shahnaz has obtained various successful resolutions for her clients, receives referrals, and continues to expand her offices.

In addition to mentoring her associates, Shahnaz shares her skills and experience as Duty Counsel for litigants at the Vancouver Justice Access Centre and as a volunteer for the National Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Canada.

Danisha Bhaloo-Shivji was raised in Edmonton, currently resides in Calgary, and has been involved with many local organizations. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and currently works as the Development & Communications Manager with the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton (BGCBigs). In a volunteer capacity, she is a Board Member with United Way Centraide Canada, the Vice-Chair of the Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee for the City of Calgary, a Board Member for the Calgary John Howard Society, the Co-Lead for the Women's Alliance, and the National Member for Diversity and Inclusion on the Ismaili Council for Canada.

Danisha has been recognized for her contributions to the community by the Government of Alberta Stars of Alberta Award, University of Alberta Alumni Award, Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40, Edmontonians' Magazine’s Sizzling 20 under 30, and Correctional Services of Canada.

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