In 2014, the Angus Reid Institute released a report of the key findings from a national online survey they conducted on sexual harassment in the workplace. The survey polled 1500 Canadian adults who were currently working or who have ever worked outside the home. Some key findings include: almost 30% of respondents said they experienced either harassment or unwanted contact or both in the workplace with one quarter of these respondents stating that the experience occurred within the past two years; women were almost four times as likely than men to have been harassed at work; 80% of respondents who experienced harassment did not report the behaviour to their employers with the majority stating they would rather deal with the problem on their own; for those that did report the harassment to their employer, the majority found their employer to be responsive and believed that they took appropriate action; and when asked about other actions they may take when experiencing harassment in the workplace, the majority of respondents said they would confront the harasser directly. Other survey questions include: what would you do if you were harassed at work (for those who had not experienced workplace harassment)? Is sexual harassment in the workplace an important issue or overblown? And what do you consider acceptable in the workplace (e.g., calling a co-worker’s outfit ‘sexy’; giving a colleague a shoulder rub; putting your arm around a co-worker)?
Another Closet is a website developed by the LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Interagency in Sydney, Australia. The LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Interagency is comprised of several representatives from many fields of expertise working to provide services to respond to domestic violence with the goal of creating awareness of domestic violence in LGBTIQ relationships and to provide adequate services for people experiencing this violence. The website provides a wide array of resources and information for members of the LGBTIQ experiencing domestic violence. The website includes resources on safety planning, how to give and receive support, where to find help, personal stories of domestic violence in same-sex relationships, and toolkits for victims and their families. The website also provides information on the StandUP Against Domestic Violence campaign.
The Stand Up! public education campaign was developed by Another Closet in Australia. The purpose of the campaign is to educate people on how to give support to LGBTI community members experiencing domestic and family violence. The campaign contains information, resources, posters and postcards.
This booklet was developed in 2009 by the Same-Sex Domestic Violence Interagency (SSDVI) in Australia for people in same-sex relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic violence. Chapters include: information about same-sex domestic violence; what to do if you are experiencing domestic violence; recovering from domestic violence; how friends or family can support someone experiencing domestic violence; and referral information and other resources.
This article discusses the Royal Assent of Bill C-310, an Act to Amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in person). Bill C-310 further clarifies the definition of exploitation in the human trafficking offence and extends authority to prosecute human trafficking crimes that were committed abroad in order to assist law enforcement in dealing with this issue more effectively and efficiently.
Springtide Resources (2012)
Springtide Resources provides a free online training resource designed to help service providers effectively support and advocate for women with disabilities and women who are Deaf who have experienced physical or sexual violence, including criminal harassment. The training focuses on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Customer Service Standard; communicating and engaging with people with disabilities including serving those who use service animals, support persons or assistive devices; and ensuring accessibility at one’s own agency
This 2015 article discusses the theoretical and analytical intersectionality approach, focusing on its application to an analysis of empirical data obtained from qualitative research into domestic violence against Aboriginal women living in four remote communities in Quebec. Findings reveal the existence of different domination systems, as well as oppressive actions that interlock and interact at multiple and shifting levels, all of which shape and contribute to the reproduction of domestic violence among women living in remote Aboriginal communities. The intersectionality approach highlights the important role played not only by race, gender, and social class, but also by the historical context and the degree of geographic isolation in the domestic violence experienced by Aboriginal women living in remote communities. All these social systems increase the vulnerability of Aboriginal women to domestic violence. This paper is one of the few scholarly attempts made so far to apply intersectional analysis to empirical data on the phenomenon of domestic violence as experienced by Aboriginal women.
The advancement of technology has enabled women experiencing violence to access support and information immediately from the palm of their hands. GPS devices and mobile applications can help locate, identify, respond to, and support victims of violence and reduce their risk for further harm. Examples of these Apps and Devices are listed and described in this document.
This Australian Institute of Family Studies National Child Protection Clearinghouse paper discusses the impact and efficacy of media-based social marketing campaigns in preventing child abuse and neglect. The paper examines 21 campaigns and their overall impact on awareness, knowledge gain, attitude and behaviour change, and actual prevalence of child maltreatment.
This 2012 Canadian study examined the relationship between workplace harassment and neck pain among male and female employees. Results revealed that workplace intimidation was significantly associated with neck pain among both male and female employees and sexual harassment (unwanted sexual attention) was significantly associated with neck pain among female employees. You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.