Understanding domestic violence: contributing factors in the refugee population & interventions for perpetrators 

Presenter: Vince Pietropaolo, M.A
Date: Nov. 12, 2014

Webinar Content
A range of factors relating to individuals' life circumstances, including pre-migration or migration factors, may contribute to the incidence of domestic or intimate partner violence (IPV) in the refugee population. In this presentation, we discuss the theories around what contributes to domestic violence, as we develop a better understanding of it, and the interventions used for perpetrators of IPV.
Learning Objectives
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify some of the factors that may interact in complex ways to contribute to IPV in the refugee population
  • Outline approaches used in understanding why men perpetrate IPV
  • List the types of interventions available for perpetrators of IPV
  • Describe the impact and consequences of IPV on women.
Presenter Biography
Vince Pietropaolo, M.A., is the General Manager of COSTI Family and Mental Health Services. In his current position he has works with ethno cultural communities in program design, development and implementation in the areas of mental health, domestic violence and problem gambling. Vince currently sits on the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee, CAMH Problem Gambling Advisory committee and the Ontario Resource Group on Gambling, Ethnicity and Culture and The North York Specialized Courts Advisory Committee. Vince has presented on the issue of Domestic Violence, Men's Violence and Problem Gambling at conferences in the United States and Canada. He has guest lectured at York University and Ryerson University.
In addition to having presented a webinar for the Refugee Mental Health project, Vince serves is one of the Subject Matter Experts for the project's online course and Community of Practice (CoP).