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.
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 Guidebook for LGBTQ2S+ and Intimate Partner Violence Service Providers in Canada (2017)

This 2017 guidebook should be used as a training and information tool for service providers within the LGBTQ2S+ community. It is important that service providers have an understanding of the implications of intimate partner violence in order to then transfer the appropriate information to victims. This guidebook covers the definitions of IPV, how to recognize instances of IPV, victims’ rights in Canada, what to expect should the victim choose to report to police, and the consequences of IPV.

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.

A National Vision for Consent Culture in Post-Secondary Education (2016)

This 2016 report released by the Canadian Federation of Students includes recommendations for proactive consent education, developing institutional sexual assault polices, and establishing campus support services. It was informed by the national Consent Culture Forum to develop strategy to combat sexual and gender-based violence and rape culture on campus, held in March 2015.

A Practical Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Disability Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault organizations (2016)

A Practical Guide for Creating Trauma-Informed Disability, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations was developed through the Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project of Wisconsin. It is designed to highlight and explore effective trauma-informed conditions or core values that victims, survivors and people with disabilities are finding essential for safety and healing. This document is a guide, not a manual. It is designed to lead readers on a journey of exploration into the context of these conditions to promote dialogue and understanding, and spur implementation of strategies for domestic violence, sexual assault and disability organizations to become more trauma-informed. [Source: Wisconsin’s Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project]

A Review of Promising Practices for Enhanced Access to Services for Newcomers in Guelph-Wellington (2015)

This 2015 report was commissioned by the Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership Access to Services Committee in order to explore various practical strategies for enhancing service access for newcomers settling in Guelph-Wellington. The goal of the report is to explore promising practices based on programs and resources that have been successfully offered elsewhere in Canada.