Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice, Dr. Myrna Dawson, will deliver the opening keynote on Thursday at the Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 3: New Directions in Research, Practice and Collaboration being held at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto. Dawson’s keynote will discuss the past 40 years as a period of significant transformation in social, legal, and public policy responses to intimate partner and domestic violence, reflecting on what has been accomplished and what challenges remain. Focusing primarily on men’s violence against women, Dr. Dawson will identify key turning points and discuss two key challenges that will be faced in the next few decades. The conference brings together participants and presenters from across the country representing women’s shelters, partner abuse response programs, probation, victims’ services, counselling centres, private practitioners, academics and government. The four-day conference is sponsored by the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre – Gail Appel Institute and Bridges Domestic Violence Counselling, Research and Training Institute.