Past Events

Substance Use Coercion and IPV Survivors in Family Court

Date: Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MST/ 3:00 – 4:30 PM CST

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Dr. Carole Warshaw MD is the Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health. Dr. Warshaw has been at the forefront of developing collaborative models and building system capacity to address the mental health, substance use, and advocacy concerns of survivors of DV and other trauma, and to create accessible, culturally responsive, domestic violence- and trauma-informed services and organizations. She has written and spoken extensively on these topics both nationally and internationally and has served as an advisor to numerous health, mental health, substance use, and advocacy organizations and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). Dr. Warshaw has maintained a private practice in psychiatry since 1989 and is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Breena Murray is a born and raised Brandonite. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007, and again in 2010 receiving her Bachelor of Laws degree. Breena was then called to the Manitoba Bar in June of 2011. Starting her career with Patersons LLP in 2010 as an articling student, Breena went on to complete her articles and become an associate with the firm in 2011 following her Call to the Bar. Continuing her practice Breena became a Partner with the firm on January 1, 2019.

Breena has a diverse practice with a primary focus in Family Law helping her clients resolve their disputes in the manner that best suit their situation, whether it is through litigation or negotiation. Her practice also includes Child Protection, Real Estate, Municipal Law, Civil Litigation and Estate Planning. Breena has argued cases for clients at all levels of Manitoba Courts.

Volunteering in her community, Breena sat on the Board of the Women’s Resource Centre in 2011 until 2015. She became chair of the Fundraising Committee in 2012 helping to create a new annual fundraiser for the Centre, the Westman Corporate Challenge. The fundraiser went on to raise over $12,000.00 for the Centre in its inaugural year. Continuing with the Women’s Resource Centre, Breena became Treasurer of the Centre from 2013 until 2015.

When she’s not at work you can find Breena keeping her hands full with her three sons, Xander, Logan and Connor. Whether it’s at the hockey rink, a soccer field or in their own backyard with their dog, Lotus, Breena and her family are always on the move living their lives with as much enjoyment and laughter as possible.

Colleen Allan – TBA


RESOLVE is a prairie-based research network that co-ordinates and supports research aimed at ending violence, especially violence involving girls and women. RESOLVE is committed to supporting research that leads to positive results. RESOLVE’s work seeks to uncover the causes of violence and map out effective strategies to prevent and alleviate that violence. With offices in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, RESOLVE creates partnerships among service agencies, government departments and universities across the prairie provinces.

Visit the RESOLVE Network website to learn more.

About the Supporting the Health of Survivors of Family Violence in Family Law Proceedings Project

The project, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, supports the establishment of five regional Communities of Practice through the Alliance of Research Centres on Gender-based Violence. These Communities of Practice comprised of survivors of family violence, and representatives from the gender-based violence, health, and family law sectors will work together to:

  • Enhance training opportunities for GBV specialists and Family law specialists to support trauma-informed practice.
  • Identify strategies for improved communication and awareness across sectors to support family violence survivors as they engage with the family law sector.

Visit the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Gender-Based Violence website to learn more about the project.