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. (2018)

This 2018 website by the Toronto Police Service includes information for or sex assault survivors looking for support and if they choose, information on how to report incidents to police. The Frequently Asked Questions and information sections about consent, your rights and reporting is available in 12 different languages.

‘Honour Killing’ in the Immigration Context: Multiculturalism and the Racialization of Violence against Women (2014)

This 2014 analyzes the uses of culture in public, policy, and legal approaches to honour killing.  The author argues that honour-related violence and honour killing should be understood as forms of gendered-based violence that affects all societies.  The article outlines social patterns associated with honour killing and policy efforts for prevention and protection in countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, and Britain highlighting the lack of policy approaches in Canada.  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

‘I Know it was Every Week, but I Can't be Sure if it was Every Day: Domestic Violence and Women with Learning Disabilities (2016)

This 2017 research paper uses semi-structured in-depth interviews to explore the experiences of 15 women with learning disAbilities who experienced domestic violence. In particular, it looks at the impact of the violence on them and their children, their coping strategies and their help seeking behaviour. Findings include the frequency and severity of violence, in addition to its negative impact on physical and psychological well-being.

“Do You Know What It Feels Like to Drown?”: Strangulation as Coercive Control in Intimate Relationships (2014)

This 2014 qualitative research study explored women’s experiences of, thoughts about, and reactions to being strangled by an intimate partner.  Many of the women felt that their partner used nonfatal strangulation as a way to exert power and control during an assault and to exert control beyond the assault.  The majority of women thought they were going to die during the incident.  The abusive partner would make threats (most often death threats) during the assault as well as accusations and directives.  Not surprisingly, the assault elicited immediate and lasting fear with these women and many of them became more fearful of their partner. Overall, the women felt that the assault was triggered by their partner feeling like he did not have control over her and that he was jealous, feared losing the relationship, and was upset that she wouldn’t comply with his demands.  This study shows how nonfatal strangulation is an effective coercive control tactic used to punish and hurt a woman for noncompliance and elicit lasting fear to exert and maintain power and control in the relationship. You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

“Give me some space”: Exploring youth to parent aggression and violence (2018)

This 2018 small scale qualitative project was undertaken by an interdisciplinary domestic violence research group investigated youth aggression and violence against parents. Following the literature review, data was generated through several research conversations with young people, through semi-structured interviews with mothers and practitioners, and through a practitioner focus group. Thematic analysis and triangulation of the data from parents, practitioners and young people, elicited interconnected and complex overarching themes.

“It’s not OK” shines a light on family violence (2009)

This brief paper discusses the development, implementation, measurement, and evaluation of the It’s not OK campaign in New Zealand. This paper can only be accessed through the library or a journal membership.

“No More” Ending Sex-Trafficking in Canada – Report of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada (2014)

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s National Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in order to help develop a five-year national anti-trafficking strategy.  Topics include defining sex trafficking and the work of the Task Force; why sex trafficking must end; literature review on sex trafficking including who is at most risk, who are the traffickers, who are the buyers, and how big an issue is sex trafficking; an integrated strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada; changing systems that provide support and justice; supports available for women and girls; raising awareness; developing a collective action; and recommendations to end sex trafficking in Canada.

“Start from Zero”: Immigrant Women’s Experiences of the Gender Wage Gap (2017)

This 2017 project shines a light on the lived experiences and perspectives of immigrant women related to settlement and employment in Ontario and the impacts of these experiences for themselves and their families. As well, this project sought to offer women a space to voice what they see as the solutions to the barriers they face to equitable inclusion in Ontario’s labour market—and ultimately in Canadian society.

“Take the Story, Take the Needs, and Do Something”: Grassroots Women’s Priorities for Community-Based Participatory Research and Action on Homelessness (2012)

This 2012 project grew out of a sense that while many CBPR projects addressing women and homelessness existed in communities across the country, information about these activities was not widely known. Hence one of the goals of the project was to create an inventory of such projects as a first step in knowledge exchange and potential networking among project actors.

“This is a Man’s Problem”: Strategies for Working with South Asian Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (2011)

This 2011 research report uses an intersectionality framework to examine the experiences of 17 frontline practitioners working with South Asian men who have engaged in intimate partner violence.  The report concludes with several recommendations for action including culturally informed and culturally appropriate education, training, and professional development for frontline practitioners working with intimate partner violence in South Asian communities.