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.
Aboriginal People with Disabilities: A Vacuum in Public Policy

This paper summarizes a research study that examined the issues facing urban Aboriginal persons with disAbilities in Canada. Seven in-depth focus group sessions were held with Aboriginal persons with disAbilities. Furthermore, the experiences and perspectives of service providers who work with Aboriginal persons with disAbilities were examined. The results of the study identify the barriers faced by Aboriginal persons with disAbilities living in Canada and recommendations to overcome these barriers.

Aboriginal Sexual Violence Action Plan (2011)

This 2011 Action Plan provides recommendations that are rooted in the Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women Summit recommendations gathered from 2007-2011, the 2011 Metis Nation “Strong Women” summit, with additional development during a two-day Consultation on Sexual Violence and Aboriginal Community, March 21-22, 2011.

Aboriginal Women and Family Violence (2008)

This 2008 research project studied the attitudes and opinions of Aboriginal women, and the professionals who work with them, on the issue of family violence, specifically intimate partner violence against women. Key findings include incidence and causes, consequences, resources, and recommendations.

Aboriginal Women in Canada: Gender, Socio-Economic Determinants of Health, and Initiatives to Close the Wellness Gap (2013)

This paper explores the historical and socio-economic context that has profoundly impacted the health and well-being of Aboriginal women in Canada.  The influence of gender on the health of women generally, and Aboriginal specifically, in Canada is examined with an overview of some of the health disparities between First Nations, Inuit and Métis women compared to non-Aboriginal women and the barriers that Aboriginal women must overcome to address these disparities.  The paper provides some promising examples of legal, policy and program initiatives that address these health concerns.

Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships Information & Resources – Creating Strong & Safe LGBT Communities (n.d.)

This information pamphlet, developed by Ending Violence Association of BC, provides information on abuse in same-sex relationships.  The pamphlet describes an abusive intimate relationships and what one can do if they think they are being abused or abusive in their relationship.  Local resources are also provided.

Abuse of Older Women Webinar (2015)

Barbara MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children and Margaret MacPherson, Research Associate, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, hosted this webinar on January 22nd, 2015.  They discussed the nature of abuse experienced by older women, barrier to reporting or seeking assistance, consequences of abuse to older women, the It's Not Right! Campaign.  Access the webinar recording, presentation slides, document to be reviewed, and videos used during the presentation.

Abused Women’s Understandings of Intimate Partner Violence and the Link to Intimate Femicide (2016)

In this article, we explore how women survivors of intimate partner violence understand the abuse they endured and the possible link to intimate femicide. This is a qualitative study based on a feminist poststructuralist perspective. Seven South African women, aged 23 to 50 years, with a history of different manifestations of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) participated in open-ended interviews. The data was analyzed by means of discourse analysis. In their explanations, the women constructed gendered identities, which reflected contradictory and ambiguous subjective experiences. The women's understandings were filtered through the particular social context in which their abusive experiences occurred. The findings highlighted that contemplating femicide was too threatening, and consequently participants drew on discourses of femininity, romantic love, and others to justify their remaining in their violence-ridden relationships. It emphasizes the need for additional engagement in women's understandings of intimate femicide, as women who live in abusive relationships have largely been consigned to the periphery. [Source: Forum: Qualitative Social Research]

Abusive online conduct: Discrimination and harassment in cyberspace (2013)

This 2013 conceptual paper examines two types of abusive online conduct: weblining (“denying people opportunities based on their digital selves”) and cyberbullying.  These topics are examined from an ethical perspective with a focus on gender and racial discrimination issues.  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

Accessible Versions of Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf women Newsletter (2013)

The full Issue 7 newsletter is available in a plain text format and portions have been made available in ASL.

Acting on Violence Against Women is a Blueprint for Health (2016)

This 2016 brief explores the issue of violence against women through the lens of its effects on health and interactions with the social determinants of health (income and social status, education and literacy, employment and working conditions, social environments and community services, health services, housing, physical environments and geography, personal health practices and coping skills, gender, disability, race, immigration status and culture, Indigenous status, social exclusion and marginalization, social support networks, early life/healthy child development, biology/genetic endowment). The paper argues that experience of violence and trauma is in itself a social determinant of health. It outlines an analysis of how the implementation of A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls might affect the health of Canadians. This paper was prepared for and published by the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses with a financial contribution from the YWCA.