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 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 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 Systematic Review of the Epidemiology of Nonfatal Strangulation, a Human Rights and Health Concern (2014)

This 2014 review paper examined 23 articles based on 11 self-reported surveys in 9 countries to estimate the prevalence of nonfatal strangulation in the context of intimate partner violence, describe key findings, and offer suggestions for future research.  Results indicated that past-year strangulation victimization rates ranged from 0.4% to 2.4% for women and lifetime victimization rates ranged from 3.0% to 9.7%.  Results also revealed that women were 2 to 4 times as likely as men to report strangulation by an intimate partner in the past year, a number that increased to 4 to 11 fold when looking at lifetime experience.  Prevalence data was also reviewed from a Canadian perspective.  The authors suggest that more research needs to be done in order to understand the prevalence, risks, and consequences of strangulation particularly in understudied communities in order to highlight this serious form of intimate partner violence and develop effective policies, programs, and interventions for prevention.  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

A systematic review on the effectiveness of sex offender risk assessment tools in predicting sexual recidivism of adult male sex offenders (2013)

This 2013 study reviewed the effectiveness of risk assessment tools in predicting sexual recidivism of adult male offenders.  A total of 43 studies were examined and results indicated that all tools demonstrated at least moderate predictive accuracy with the Violence Risk Scale – Sexual Offender (VRS-SO) having the highest mean quality score.  However, the authors concluded that more independent high quality research is needed particularly on structured professional judgement incorporating dynamic risk factors. You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

A User’s Guide to Advocacy Evaluation Planning (2009)

This tool was developed for advocates, evaluators, funders and other stakeholders to help them with evaluating advocacy efforts. The tool guides users through the four basic steps of advocacy evaluation planning: 1) focusing; 2) mapping; 3) prioritizing; and 4) designing.

Abelism -- A Form of Violence Against Women. Critical Reflections by Fran Odette (2013)

Learning Network Brief 11
Fran Odette (2013).  This Learning Brief names ableism as a form of violence against self-identified women with disAbilities and aims to increase awareness and understanding of its existence and impacts. Click for PlainText Version.

Pages