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 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.

A school-based program to prevent adolescent dating violence (2009)

D.A. Wolfe, C. Crooks, P. Jaffe, D. Chiodo, R. Hughes, W. Ellis, L. Stitt, A. Donner. (2009) Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, 163 (8) 692-699.
An evaluation of the Fourth R dating violence prevention program was conducted. This program is implemented within the grade nine health and physical education curriculum and consists of units on personal safety and injury prevention; healthy growth and sexuality; and substance use and abuse. A longitudinal evaluation of students found that the curriculum reduced physical dating violence and increased condom use 2.5 years after participation in the program.

A scoping review of intimate partner violence educational programs for health care professionals (2017)

This 2017 paper conducts a systematic literature search using broad eligibility criteria to identify studies published between January 2000 and July 2015 that evaluated the effectiveness of IPV education programs in health care settings. They identified 65 eligible studies, 55% of which reported positive program effectiveness. Effective programs often reported the use of online training components, delivery by an IPV educator/expert or physician/surgeon, the inclusion of a treatment protocol and resources for patients and HCPs, and included more than five training sessions lasting no more than one hours each.

A Scoping Review of Intimate Partner Violence Screening Programs for Health Care Professionals (2016)

This 2016 scoping review is meant to broadly identify and synthesize the available literature evaluating intimate partner violence identification programs within health care settings to identify key areas for potential evidence-based recommendations and to focus research priorities in the field. The majority of studies reported positive program evaluation results. This may suggest that many different intimate partner violence identification programs are beneficial for identifying victims of abuse, however, it remains unknown as to whether identification programs prevent future episodes of abuse.

A Sex Work Research Symposium: Examining Positionality in Documenting Sex Work and Sex Workers’ Rights (2017)

This 2017 paper presents proceedings from a recent sex work research symposium entitled, Sexual Economies, Politics, and Positionality in Sex Work Research. It engages in self-reflection on how sex work scholarship engages with sex worker communities, produces knowledge surrounding sex work, and represents the lived experiences of sex workers’ rights, organizing, and activism.

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