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News Release - Governor General Julie Payette extends patronage to Queen's University network

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

KINGSTON - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has extended the honour of patronage to Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet). This long standing practice of patronage is built on the tradition of recognizing exceptional contributions to Canadian society.

“We are inspired by this patronage, and we share this honour with our partners and researchers who work tirelessly to eliminate bullying and advocate on behalf of the children and youth across Canada,” says Wendy Craig (Psychology), Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet.

Established in 2006, PREVNet’s mission is to stop bullying in Canada and to promote safe and healthy relationships for Canadian children and youth. Created and led by Scientific Co-Directors, Dr. Debra Pepler of York University and Dr. Craig of Queen’s University, PREVNet is a network of 130 leading Canadian research scientists and 62 national youth-serving organizations.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to change the way we understand and deal with bullying and dating violence problems in this country,” says Dr. Craig. “The honour of receiving this patronage helps to create awareness and supports our goal to improve Canada’s low World Health Organization’s ranking in bullying incidents.”

Canadian Institute for Health Research reports 1 in 3 adolescents report being bullied. Close to half of all Canadian parents report having a child who was victim to bullying. Research also shows that those who bully are at-risk for engaging in other aggressive behaviours that combine the use of power and aggression, such as teen dating violence. In a 2015 Canadian study, 51 percent of youth aged 15 to 19 years, and 46 per cent of youth aged 20 to 24 years, were victimized by a current dating partner.

“We are working to empower more organizations through education and training, providing assessment and intervention strategies that are scientifically proven to work, says Dr. Craig. “By focusing on healthy relationships and our collective social responsibility and we can decrease costs in health, education and justice programs and reduce crime in Canada by a substantial rate.”

For more information visit the website.

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Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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