UG Professor and Canada Research Chair Dr. Myrna Dawson was in Ottawa this week to participate in a Scientific Panel on Gender-Based Violence convened by Status of Women Canada. The Panel’s objective is to discuss the state of Canadian knowledge on the primary prevention of gender-based violence, key preventative interventions currently operating in Canada and key research questions that would contribute to advancing Canadian knowledge and practice over the course of the coming years. The panel’s discussions will contribute to the development of the federal government’s strategy against gender-based violence. Dr. Dawson was one of approximately a dozen experts from across the country that were invited to participate. Her research focuses on social and legal responses to violence and, in particular, how legislative, public policy and program reform targeting intimate partner and domestic violence has contributed to violence prevention in past decades.