Acknowledgements from Project Lead

Balbir Gurm

I want to thank Maryam Majedi (who was at Surrey Women’s Centre) and Pardeep Sahota (who was at Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS), who encouraged and assisted me to start the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR). For without their support, NEVR would not have been formed.

Members of NEVR, past and present, thank-you for helping us learn about the work being done at the front-line and in policy and legislation, and allowing us to share academic understandings of Relationship Violence (RV). PICS, DIVERSEcity, Delta Police Department, and Options, thank-you for hosting our meetings.

I also thank the former Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (2012-2017), the BC and Canadian government and local MLAs and MPs for your ongoing support, willingness to attend conferences and listen to our concerns. To the past and present mayors of Surrey and Delta for your unrelenting support, thank-you.

Our students have been our biggest resource, for they have helped create toolkits, conduct literature reviews, write reports, plan and host conferences. Thank you for being our biggest asset.

My project team writers & self-editors (Jennifer Marchbank, Glaucia Saldago & Sheila Early) and editors (Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan, Gary Thandi, Julie Czek, Daljit Gill-Badesha & Jim Cessford), thank you for your time, support and knowledge sharing.

I want to thank Kwantlen Polytechnic University for providing me with my education leave (sabbatical) and providing technology and communication support, and meeting and conference space for NEVR (Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships). Thank you Karen Meijer-Kline for answering all my technology questions, Lana Radomsky for making sure that our tables and figures are sharp and clear, Monica Le for layout assistance and Marketing department for creating our cover page. Also, a big thank-you to Rajiv Jhangiani for all your advice and support.

To Sobhana Jaya-Madhavan, Associate Vice-President External Affairs, SFU, and her team, thank-you for hosting a virtual launch of the book.

I want to thank our reviewers (A. Alexon, Sonia Andhi and CJ Rowe) for taking the time to truly shape this into a useful resource. To Amarjit S. Sahota, thank-you for taking the time to carefully digest the resource and write a foreward.

To my family, thank you for your support and for picking up tasks on days when I spent 16 hours on the computer.

I want to acknowledge that the victims/survivors of relationship violence have inspired me to put a team together to create this resource. I hope this will help improve prevention efforts, programs and services for the anti-violence sector.

To all of you, I am sincerely grateful!