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.
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.

Activist Toolkit: 2017 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (2017)

This 2017 action kit contains information about GBV in education as well as suggested actions to take during the 2017 16 Days Campaign. The action kit will help you understand the issues and challenges faced in addressing and ending GBV in education and how together we can make a difference.

Addressing Domestic Violence in Canadian Muslim Communities: A Training Manual for Muslim Communities and Ontario Service Providers (2010)

M. Baobaid & G. Hamed. Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) (2010)
This resource provides a framework for strengthening collaboration among Muslims and mainstream service providers. Training objectives include: educating the Muslim community on the Canadian justice system response to DV and on available DV services; and, exposing mainstream/Canadian service providers to culturally sensitive strategies for responding to DV in the Muslim community.

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion: A Guide for Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Reproductive Health Care Settings, Second Edition (2012)

This 2012 guide provides information and strategies for addressing reproductive and sexual coercion with patients seeking reproductive health care services.

Addressing Past Sexual Assault in Clinical Settings (n.d.)

This new competency-based e-learning curriculum is funded by the Province of Ontario through the Ontario Women’s Directorate.  This free interactive online course can teach you:

·         about the long-term physical, psychological and social impacts of sexual assault;

·         how to create an environment that supports disclosure;

·         how to appropriately respond to a woman who been sexually assaulted in the past;

·         why it is important to foster an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach within your practice setting

This resource is applicable to all health care practitioners and their allies -- everyone from physiotherapists to nurses to medical technologists.  To register for this free interactive online course visit:  | Contact: Dr. Robin Mason at

Addressing the Determinants of Child Mental Health: Intersectionality as a Guide to Primary Health Care Renewal (2010)

This 2010 article uses an intersectional lens to examine the complex interrelationships among the factors affecting child mental health and the associated policy challenges surrounding primary health care renewal. This is an abstract only. You can access the full article through the library, society membership, or by online purchase.

Addressing the Intergenerational Transmission of Gender-Based Violence: Focus on Educational Settings (2014)

This 2014 paper focuses on existing knowledge to prevent the transmission of gender-based violence (GBV) from one generation to the next, or the intergenerational transmission of GBV. Strategies for prevention and intervention are reviewed and assessed.