Resource Library

This Library contains research, promising practices, public education, and training related to violence against women and children.
A Definition of Consent to Sexual Activity (2011)

Criminal Code of Canada (2011)
This is section 273.1 of the criminal code of Canada that defines consent for the purpose of determining whether a sexual assault offence has occurred in eyes of the law. The section also describes specific situations where consent is not or cannot be given.

A First Nations Woman with Disabilities: “Listen to what I am saying!” (2007)

This exploratory and qualitative study describes the courageous story of a First Nations woman living with severe disAbilities in an urban city. The personal story of Hope describes issues of grief, racism, verbal and sexual abuse, healthcare concerns, isolation, poverty, relationships, resisting child welfare, and sexuality. Hope’s story is a learning opportunity for all health and social service providers.

A Focus on the Positive: Reasons for Not Engaging in Physical Aggression Against a Dating Partner (2016)

The current study focuses on reasons why most women do not engage in physical aggression against their partner. The sample consists of 170 women, aged 18–35 from across the US. In an online questionnaire, 34% of the sample reported using physical aggression against a partner. Primary reasons for engaging in aggression were “anger [73%]” and “temper [68%].” For those who were not aggressive, primary deterrents were beliefs that “using aggression is inappropriate [72%]” and “under no circumstances is physical aggression okay [71%].” Physically aggressive females were less satisfied with relationships, more accepting of physical violence, and felt more provoked in conflict situations. Across varied studies assessing reasons for physical aggression against a partner, anger is perceived as most prevalent, though a meta-analysis found that trait anger has a small association with intimate partner aggression. The strikingly different results indicate the need for research to reconcile this discrepancy. [Source: Journal of Family Violence]

A Guide for Children Exposed to Violence Programs in Saskatchewan (2010)

This 2010 guide is intended to assist newly funded programs for children exposed to violence and may also serve as a resource to existing programs or to communities that want to develop new services. The guide reviews the impact of violence on children/youth, practice standards, confidentiality, community needs assessment, criminal record checks, child abuse record checks, engagement in services, benefits of group work for children/youth, recommended practices for group programs, service/program promotion, provincial resource lists, data collection, resources and curriculum guide, and program evaluation.

A guide for lesbian and bisexual women who have been affected by sexual violence (2014)

This 2014 guide is aimed at providing survivors of rape or sexual violence with information and help to find the support they need.

A Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors (n.d)

This brief guide developed by Toronto Police and Victim Services Toronto is meant to inform survivors of sexual assault about the criminal justice process.  Topics include what happens after reporting; who investigates the case and lays charges; what happens after the arrest or if the offender is not caught; a description of the court process such as the preliminary hearing, trial, testifying, and the victim impact statement; and sentencing, appeals, and parole.  A list of support services and agencies is also provided.

A Guide to Staying Safe on Facebook (2016)

This 2016 guide is a short, summary guide that provides quick and easy explanations of important settings. This information will be helpful to anyone using Facebook who is interested in increasing their privacy and security.

A harassing climate? Sexual harassment and campus racial climate research (2013)

This 2013 conceptual paper examines the content and methodology of sexual harassment research related to undergraduate students and the limits to this work.  The authors contrast this examination of sexual harassment literature with the more common campus racial climate research in order to think about improving campus climates more generally.  This paper discusses the importance of understanding how intersecting identities influence student experiences.  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

A Latent Class Approach to Understanding the Intergenerational Transmission of Violence in Emerging Adult Relationships (2015)

This 2015 article applies an innovative methodological approach to the study of the intergenerational transmission of violence (IGT), revealing variations in experiences of IGT. That is, there can be full transmission, psychological transmission, and no transmission. This is an abstract only. You can access the full article through the library, society membership, or by online purchase.

A methodological review of research on the antecedents and consequences of workplace harassment (2014)

This 2014 review paper examined peer-reviewed articles published over a 26-year period that focused on the antecendents, consequences, or process of diverse forms of workplace harassment in order to identify threats to construct, internal, external, and statistical conclusion validity in the methodological content of the research.  Results suggest that study validity needs to be improved in order to advance theory development including using longitudinal and experimental designs and within-person approaches, incorporating perspectives of witnesses and perpetrators of harassment, and focusing on the dynamic processes of workplace harassment.  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.