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.
Advocacy interventions to reduce or eliminate violence and promote the physical and psychosocial well-being of women who experience intimate partner abuse (2015)

This 2015 review assesses the effects of advocacy interventions within or outside healthcare settings in women who have experienced intimate partner abuse. Based on the evidence reviewed, intensive advocacy may improve short-term quality of life and reduce physical abuse one to two years after the intervention for women recruited from domestic violence shelters or refuges. Brief advocacy may provide small short-term mental health benefits and reduce abuse, particularly in pregnant women and for less severe abuse.

After She Leaves (2010)

Springtide Resources, in partnership with Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre, developed online training for community workers supporting women who have experienced abuse and are involved in the family law system. This skill-based, self-directed training provides information on: safety strategies for court settings; writing affidavits; court documents and procedures; working with lawyers and other court officials; and safety and access issues to prepare for when the court process is complete. The eight module full training is open registration ($250 for full training or $50 for each single module training) that must be completed within eight weeks (two weeks access for single module training).

Aging and Risk: Physical and Sexual Abuse of Elders in Canada (2010)

In this 2010 article, the authors reviewed literature “on physical and sexual elder abuse within the context of risk theory and feminist sociology.” The author’s employed data from the 1999 General Social Survey and also looked at different variables that may play a role regarding risk of physical and sexual abuse of elders.

Alberta’s Plan for Promoting Healthy Relationships and Preventing Bullying (2015)

This 2015 plan released by the Government of Alberta draws upon the most current research and insights, with a focus on supporting people to be in healthy relationships and mitigating the risk factors to prevent bullying behaviours. This plan acknowledges that parents, other caregivers and early childhood educators play an important role in modelling and promoting healthy relationship skills, values and acceptable behaviours in young children.

Alliance Against Modern Slavery (n.d.)

The Alliance Against Modern Slavery combats modern slavery by collecting resources, building programs, and creating alliances among a network of local and global partners so that every person has the opportunity for sustainable freedom. The Alliance’s mission is to research, educate and aid in partnership with public, private, non-profit and governmental organizations to end slavery.

Allostasis and Allostatic Load: Woman Abuse and Chronic Illness (2014)

Learning Network Brief 13.
This Learning Brief describes the role that stress can play on long-term health, otherwise known as allostasis.  Allostasis is the adaptive response to stressful situations.  Stress hormones are released in our body to help us cope – a reaction typically referred to as the fight-or-flight response.  The inability to minimize or stop this bodily response to stress is referred to as allostatic load and can cause severe long-term health consequences.  A detailed description of allostasis and allostatic load are provided in the context of woman abuse. Click to view Plain Text Version.

American Perceptions of Sexual Violence: A Frameworks Research Report (2010)

Moira O’Neil & Pamela Morgan (2010)
This report summarizes the findings from a research study that explored the differences between professional’s understanding of sexual violence and the general public’s understanding of sexual violence. Overall, the findings indicated that professionals and the general public differed in their understanding of why sexual violence occurs, characteristics of victims and perpetrators, the nature of sexual violence, and how to prevent sexual violence from occurring. The report outlines the methodology of the study, analyses of the results, and recommendations to improve communication and lessen the gap regarding sexual violence awareness and understanding between these two groups.

Amokura – New Zealand (2004)

The Amokura – Step Back! Campaign utilized music to communicate a positive message targeted at the Maiori people of New Zealand. The program had extensive reach in the community with more than 20,000 people attending events in 2005. The campaign was delivered through radio, concerts, workshops, advertising, and training for service providers. The project included formative research consisting of gaps and needs analysis. Outcome evaluation measured awareness of the campaign and personal testimonials regarding impact, and behaviour change.

An Ally’s Guide to Terminology – Talking About LGBT People & Equality (n.d.)

This guide, developed by GLAAD, helps new allies who want to support LGBT Americans navigate through an array of confusing terminology and language.  The guide offers an overview of essential vocabulary, terms to avoid and a few key messages for talking about various issues.

An Efficacy Trial of an Intervention Program for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (2015)

This 2015 research article presents results from an efficacy trial that compared outcomes for 4–6 year old children randomly assigned to a program designed to address the effects of exposure to IPV with those allocated to a waitlist comparison condition. Mothers (N = 120) and children from the United States and Canada were assessed at baseline, 5 weeks later (post-intervention) and at 8-month follow-up. The evaluation compared rates of change over time for child internalizing problems. Results were analyzed using both intent-to-treat (ITT) and per-protocol (PP) approaches. ITT analyses indicated the program reduced internalizing problems for girls at follow-up. PP analyses indicated the program reduced internalizing problems for both boys and girls at post-intervention. In this study, child internalizing problems were significantly reduced through an intervention for the mother and the child. This is an abstract only. You can access the full article through the library, society membership, or by online purchase.