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Barb’s Activities

Barb has been working full-time on the RAVE project since its beginnings.  Her work currently is directed at compiling information for our North American religious resources map.  At the fringes of her activity other projects lie waiting—including continuing work on the Violence around the World series, the L2L (Links to the Literature) series, the Fast Facts training section, gathering responses to training modules and stories, and continued liaison with the Eugene and Calgary DV communities. 

There are always numerous tasks to be completed, including writing projects and speaking engagements.  Listed below are Barb’s recent publications and presentations. 

Publications:

Fisher-Townsend, Barbara, Steven McMullin and Cathy Holtman.  “The RAVE Website:  A Demonstration Project for the Innovative Delivery of Domestic Violence Training and Resources” (manuscript under review)

Nancy Nason-Clark, Cathy Holtmann, Barbara Fisher-Townsend, Steven McMullin and Lanette Ruff. (2009).  “The RAVE Project: Developing Web-Based Religious Resources for Social Action on Domestic Abuse.”  Critical Social Work, April.

Kroeger, Catherine Clark, Nason-Clark, Nancy and Barbara Fisher-Townsend (2008). Conclusion.  In Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home: Raising Voices for Change, edited by Catherine Clark Kroeger, Nancy Nason-Clark and Barbara Fisher-Townsend, 225-233.  Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock.

Fisher-Townsend, B. (2008).  Searching for the Missing Puzzle Piece:  The Potential of Faith in Changing Violent Behaviour.  In Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home:  Raising Voices for Change, edited by Catherine Clark Kroeger, Nancy Nason-Clark and Barbara Fisher-Townsend, 100-120.  Eugene, OR:  Wipf & Stock.

Fisher-Townsend, B., N. Nason-Clark, N. Murphy and L. Ruff, (2008). I am not Violent!  Men’s Experience in Group.  In Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home:  Raising Voices for Change, edited by Catherine Clark Kroeger, Nancy Nason-Clark and Barbara Fisher-Townsend, 78-99.  Eugene, OR:  Wipf & Stock.

Kroeger, Catherine, Nason-Clark, Nancy and Barbara Fisher-Townsend, eds. (2008). Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home:  Raising Voices for Change.  Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock.

Fisher-Townsend, Barbara and Nancy Nason-Clark (2008). Getting the Data:  Ethics, Cooperation and Interaction in a University-Community Agency Collaboration. CUExpo08. Community-University Partnerships:  Connecting for Change.  Proceedings of the Third International Community-University Exposition, edited by Darlene Clover and Catherine McGregor, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, http://www.cuexpo08.ca/program/abstracts/gettingthedata.pdf  [pp 79-83]

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  (2007).  Women, Gender and Feminism in the Sociology of Religion:  Theory, Research and Social Action.  In American Sociology of Religion: Histories, edited by A.J. Blasi, 203-222.  Boston:  Brill Academic Publishers.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  (2005). Gender.  In Handbook on Sociology of Religion and Social Institutions, edited by H.R. Ebaugh, 207-223. New York: Plenum Press.

Nason-Clark, N. Murphy, B. Fisher-Townsend and L. Ruff.  (2003).  An Overview of the Characteristics of the Clients at a Faith-Based Batterers’ Intervention Program. Journal of Religion and Abuse, 5(4):57-71.

Invited Publications (Community Context):

B. Fisher-Townsend, 2009.  The RAVE (Religion and Violence e-Learning) Project:  Building Bridges Between Secular and Faith-Based Service Providers Related to Domestic Violence.  On the HomeFront:  United in Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence.  Spring, 4.

B. Fisher-Townsend and C. Holtmann, 2008.  RAVE is building bridges.  PASCH (Peace and Safety in the Christian Home) Newsletter.  Brewster, MA:  Cape Cod Institute for Christianity, Summer.

B. Fisher-Townsend, 2007.  Violence Around the Globe.  PASCH (Peace and Safety in the Christian Home) Newsletter.  Brewster, MA:  Cape Cod Institute for Christianity, Spring.

B. Fisher-Townsend. 2006.  The Importance of Hope.  Voices:  Overcoming the Silence of Domestic Abuse.  Second Quarter.  1.

N. Nason-Clark and B. Fisher-Townsend.  2005.  Seven Christian Myths about Violence in the Family Context.  Voices:  Overcoming the Silence of Domestic Abuse.  Third Quarter. 4-5.

Recent Conference Presentations:

October 2008 – B. Fisher-Townsend and S. McMullin. “Using the RAVE [Religion and Violence e-Learning] Website to assist religious families coping with domestic violence.”  PASCH (Peace and Safety in the Christian Home) Conference, Takoma Park, MD.

October 2008 – “Faith-Based Programs for Men Who Act Abusively.”  PASCH (Peace and Safety in the Christian Home) Conference, Takoma Park, MD.

August 2008 – N. Nason-Clark, C. Kroeger, S. McMullin, J. Owens, B. Fisher-Townsend, C. Holtmann. “Partnering for Change: How Researchers are Helping Shelter Workers and Religious Leaders Create a Shared Discourse about Domestic Violence” (Joint Association for the Sociology of Religion/ American Sociological Association Session, Boston, MA).

June 2008 - “Beyond the Stained Glass Barrier: Research on Violent Men and the Faith-Based Services that Call them to Accountability,” Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, Tennessee

June 2008 – Fisher-Townsend, B., and N. Nason-Clark.  “From Despair to Hope:Faith-Related Factors that Contribute to Changing Religious Men who have Acted Abusively,” Third North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.

June 2008 – Nason-Clark, N., Fisher-Townsend, B., Ruff, L., Holtmann, C., and S. McMullin.  “The Rave Project: Developing Web-based Spiritual Resources for Social Action on Domestic Violence.”  Panel Workshop presented at the Third North American Conference on Spirituality and Social Work, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.

May 2008 – “Building consensus with participants: The challenges of interviewing abusive men,” Qualitative Analysis Conference, Fredericton, NB.

May 2008 – “Getting the Data:  Ethics, Cooperation and Interaction in a University-Community Agency Collaboration.”  CUExpo08. Community-University Partnerships:  Connecting for Change, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, with N. Nason-Clark

November 2007 – “The RAVE Project: Reaching Pastors on-line with Resources Against Domestic Violence,” The Evangelical Theological Society, Washington, D.C.  L. Ruff,  N. Nason-Clark and B. Fisher-Townsend.

November 2007 – Chair, “Public Engagement and Education,” Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, Fredericton, NB.

August 2007 – “Religion, Violence and Social Change: Web-Based Action to Reduce Abuse,” Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York, N.Y.  N. Nason-Clark, B. Fisher-Townsend and L. Ruff

July 2007 – “Hope and Action Supporting the Transformative Journey of Religious Men Who Have Acted Abusively,” International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH, N. Nason-Clark and B. Fisher-Townsend.

Recent Community Presentations:

Holtmann, C. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  Collaborative Work with the RAVE Project.  Sisters of Charity Leadership Committee, January 29, 2009, Saint John, NB.

Fisher-Townsend, B.  Partnering for Changing:  Bringing Secular and Sacred Service Providers to the Collaborative Table in Cases of Domestic Violence.  Domestic Violence co-Leads Conference, Victim Witness Assistance program, Ontario Victim Service Secretariat, November 27, 2008, Toronto, ON.

Fisher-Townsend, B. and C. Holtmann.  The RAVE Project Resources.  Chignecto United Church Presbytery, September 17, 2008, Riverview, NB.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  Themes in the Stories of Men who have Acted Abusively, Address to the Therapeutic Staff of CAFA, May 14, 2008, Eugene, Oregon.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  Themes in the Stories of Men who have Acted Abusively, Address to the Oregon Batterer Intervention Professionals Association (OBIPA), May 15, 2008, Eugene, Oregon.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  RAVE Training and Website Information Sessions (with discussion of the research upon which the work is founded)
•    HomeFront Staff Meeting, May 22, 2008, Calgary, Alberta
•    Sheriff King Centre, May 22, 2008, Calgary, Alberta
•    Calgary Counselling Services, May 21, 2008, Calgary, Alberta
•    Care Ministry Staff, Centre Street Church, May 21, 2008, Calgary, Alberta
•    FaithLink Luncheon, Alliance to End Violence, May 20, 2008, Calgary, Alberta
•    Calgary United Church Ministry Personnel, Wild Rose United Church, May 20, 2008, Calgary, Alberta
•    WOMENSPACE Domestic Violence Services, May 15, 2008, Eugene, Oregon
•    Graduate Research Methods Class, Psychology Department, Northwest Christian College, May 14, 2008, Eugene, Oregon
•    Domestic Violence Council, May 14, 2008, Eugene, Oregon
•    President’s Leadership Team, Eugene Bible College, May 13, 2008, Eugene, Oregon

Fisher-Townsend, B. and L. Ruff.  Advisory Council on the Status of Women Lunch and Learn Series, The RAVE Project.  Moncton, N. B. March 27, 2008.

Fisher-Townsend, B. and C. Holtmann.  Advisory Council on the Status of Women Lunch and Learn Series, The RAVE Project.  Sussex, N. B. March 25, 2008.

Wednesday 5 December 2007 – Clergy breakfast, MMFC luncheon and RAVE Office Open House, Fredericton, NB  (with team).

Holtmann, C. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  Fredericton Institute for Christian Studies, Fredericton, NB, November 22, 2007.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  Lunch and Learn Series, Womenspace, Eugene, Oregon, October 5, 2007.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  Stories of Men who have Acted Abusively:
•    Address to the OPAC Monday Group, October 1, 2007
•    Address to the Therapeutic Staff, October 3, 2007
•    Address to the OPAC Thursday Group, October 4, 2007

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend.  What does a little faith have to do with it?  Research on the Interface between Abuse, Spirituality and the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence, Brown Bag Lunch Series, The Alliance to End Violence, Calgary, Alberta, May 11, 2007.

Fisher-Townsend, B. Hidden from View:  Elder Abuse in Canada. Catholic Women’s League, April 22, 2007 – Milltown, NB.

Fisher-Townsend, B. and L. Ruff.  RAVE – Religion and Violence e-Learning. Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation Annual Meeting, Fredericton, NB, April 19, 2007

Fisher-Townsend, B. Policies, Programs and Procedures for Changing Men Who Have Acted Abusively.  Are They Effective? Minto High School, Minto, NB, April 17, 2007.