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New lecture series celebrates Jaffe’s legacy of dedication to ending domestic violence

October 12, 2021

A lifetime of hard work, dedication, and service to ending domestic violence against women and children has been recognized with the creation of a new lecture series.

The Faculty of Education has established the Peter Jaffe Lectures on Ending Domestic Violence. The yearly lecture will invite an anti-violence researcher to present a public lecture on their research.

The series is in honour of professor emeritus Peter Jaffe, a psychologist and a former professor in the Faculty of Education and former academic director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC).

“Professor Jaffe has been instrumental in highlighting the problems of domestic violence and providing responses on how we, as a society, can overcome this societal problem,” Education dean Donna Kotsopoulos said. “The lectureship series will give world-class researchers a chance to showcase what we can do to end domestic violence.”

Jaffe has been an international leader in researching domestic violence. During his career, he has co-authored 11 books, 40 chapters and over 80 articles related to domestic violence, its impact on children, homicide prevention and the role of the criminal and family justice systems.

For the past 30 years, he has presented workshops across the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Europe to various groups, including judges, lawyers, mental health professionals and educators.

Since 1999, he has been on the faculty for the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges in the United Stats for judicial education programs. He has been a founding member of Ontario's Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee and instrumental in developing violence prevention programs for schools. In addition, he was a school board trustee on the Thames Valley District School Board.

In 2009, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his work in preventing domestic violence in the community.

“I’m extremely honoured to be recognized with the creation of this lectureship,” Jaffe said. “It’s my hope that this lectureship will provide researchers, stakeholders and the public with opportunities to learn about how we can end domestic violence in our communities.”

Jaffe was a founding partner in the creation of CREVAWC in 1992 and was academic director from 2005-2021.

The first Peter Jaffe Lectures on Ending Domestic Violence takes place Dec. 6 with Jaffe as the first presenter.