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.
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.

An Estimation of the Economic Impact of Spousal Violence in Canada, 2009 (2009)

The Department of Justice Canada put out a report that outlines the estimated economic impact of spousal violence that occurred in Canada in 2009.  Using information from the police-based Uniform Crime Reporting Survey 2 and the self-reported 2009 General Social Survey, the report estimates that the total economic impact of spousal violence in 2009 was $7.4 billion which amounts to $220 per Canadian.  The report provides an account of the costs for the criminal and civil justice systems and an analysis of the direct economic impact for primary victims (e.g., medical attention, lost wages, legal costs, mental health issues).

An Evaluation of the Stop Violence Against Women Training Program: Final Report (2007)

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) funded an evaluation of the Services Training for Officers and Prosecutors (STOP) Training and Technical Assistance Program. The purpose of the training program is to expand the knowledge and skills of justice professionals (e.g., police, prosecutors) in order to enhance the criminal justice response to violence against women. This report describes the evaluation of the overall impact of the training program including whether or not the training: strengthened the coordinated criminal justice system response to VAW; improved knowledge and expertise among professionals; improved the judiciary’s response to cases involving VAW; and impacted staff stability.

An Exploration of Promising Practices in Response to Human Trafficking in Canada (2010)

Nicole Barrett (2010)
This report was prepared for the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Forum of Status of Women Senior Officials. It identifies global promising practices focused on human trafficking prevention and victim support.

An Innovative Approach to Changing Social Attitudes Around Family Violence in New Zealand: Key Ideas, Insights and Lessons Learnt (2010)

This research paper describes the key ideas, messages and approach of the ‘It’s not OK’ campaign and evaluates the campaign’s exposure, reach, and impact. A focus on lessons and insights that can inform the future development of the campaign and other future initiatives are highlighted.