Resource Library

This Library contains research, promising practices, public education, and training related to violence against women and children.

The Learning Network strives to bring current, accessible, and up-to-date content to the Resource Library. We aim to link primarily to open-access research, however, at times we do link to some content we think is particularly significant but that is inaccessible due to the subscription restrictions imposed by journals and publishing companies. While we are unable to purchase access to this content, we hope that bringing awareness of this research to our readers can assist in their learning endeavours. We will continue to work on providing open-access content so that our readers can have access to the most-current and up-to-date research available.
Woman Abuse in the Perinatal Period Guidelines for Care Providers (2006)

This guide developed by the Perinatal Partnership Program of Eastern and Southeastern Ontario outlines the role of health care providers in assisting pregnant women experiencing abuse.  The guide describes woman abuse; the prevalence rates of woman abuse and abuse during pregnancy; the dynamics of abuse; the health impacts; the role of the legal system; and the role of health care providers.  Specific attention is paid to health care providers' role in screening, documentation, and prevention.

Woman Abuse: Child Welfare & VAW shelter/counselling agencies working towards better outcomes for families (2014)

This one hour, online training was developed by Interval House Hamilton & Niagara. It examines the Children’s Aid Society and Violence Against Women collaborative agreement; dynamics of abuse; relationship violence; risk assessment; signs of safety; engagement and assessment with men who are abusive, mothers, and children; and guiding practices with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families.  It was developed to assist CAS and VAW workers in collaborating and support families experiencing violence.  It is accompanied by the booklet Critcal Connections: Where Woman Abuse and Child Safety Intersect A Practical Guide for Child Welfare Professionals in Ontario (

Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario, 1974-1994 (1994)

This 1994 paper reviews major findings from research on women killed by their intimate partners in Ontario. Between 1974 and 1994, killings by intimate partners accounted for between 63% and 76% of all women killed in Ontario. Trends in intimate femicide, characteristics of victims and offenders, circumstances of the killings, and criminal justice responses to offenders are examined. The article also discusses the gender-specific nature of intimate femicides and identifies ways in which intimate partner killings by males and females are distinctly different.

Woman to Woman Sexual Violence (2009)

This 2009 paper by Gilroy and Carroll provides an overview of woman to woman sexual violence. The history of this type of sexual violence is briefly reviewed followed by recommendations for future research and services.

Women 2000 and beyond: The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality (2008)

United Nations (2008)
This paper discusses opportunities and frameworks for engaging men in promoting gender equality with a focus on issues of violence, health, fatherhood, the workplace, and engaging youth. Strategies and best practices, such as changing attitudes and behaviours and mobilizing men to take action on systems that maintain gender inequalities, are discussed.

Women and Homelessness in Canada: A brief review of the literature (2015)

This 2015 briefing report beings with a background on the scale and scope of homelessness in Canada before moving on to present a summary of both qualitative and quantitative research on homeless women in Canada. After, a review is conducted on some of the ethical considerations in conducting research with the population of homeless women and there is a discussion about research gaps, limitations of this briefing note, and potential policy conclusions that can be drawn from existing information.

Women and the Criminal Justice System (2011)

Tina Hotton Mahony (2011)
This report summarizes statistics from the 2009 General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization and the 2009 Uniform Crime Reporting Incident-Based Survey on the prevalence and characteristics of female victimization and female criminality in Canada. Trends regarding female perpetrators in the criminal justice system are presented.

Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report (2011)

This report is the sixth edition of Women in Canada, published by Statistics Canada, representing the 25thanniversary of this publication.  This report is a compilation of data related to women’s family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more in order to help the reader explore issues and trends related to gender equality in Canada.  The report helps readers understand the different experiences of women compared to men while also recognizing that women’s experiences differ across gender but also within gender groups.  Chapters of the report include: the female population in Canada; families, living arrangements and unpaid work; women and health; women and education; paid work; economic well-being; women and the criminal justice system; First Nations, Métis and Inuit women; immigrant women; visible minority women; senior women; and women with activity limitations.

Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report (2015)

This 2015 report provides an unparalleled compilation of data related to women's family status, education, employment, economic well-being, unpaid work, health, and more. The report allows readers to better understand the experience of women compared to that of men. Recognizing that women are not a homogenous group and that experiences differ not only across gender but also within gender groups, the report also includes chapters on immigrant women, women in a visible minority, Aboriginal women, senior women, and women with participation and activity limitations.

Women in Politics: 2014

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women published a global map that reflects the percentage of women in parliaments in various countries across the world based on data from January 1, 2014.