Resource Library

This Library contains research, promising practices, public education, and training related to violence against women and children.
Barriers to Reporting Sexual Harassment (2015)

Learning Network Brief 26
This Brief discusses some of the barriers that make reporting sexual harassment difficult and for some, lead to more complex consequences.

Basic Steps for Developing a VAW Social Marketing Campaign (2014)

Learning Brief #16
This Learning Network Brief details steps to developing and implementing a social marketing campaign.  The steps are based on the work of Lee & Kotler (2008; 2011) and Castelino, Colla, & Boulet (2013)Click to view PlainText Version.

Be Aware, Prepare, Educate (n.d.)

Springtide Resources developed this online training for elementary school teachers in Ontario to explore the impact of children’s exposure to woman abuse, educators’ legal obligations to students who are exposed to woman abuse, and how educators can make a difference in the lives of such students. The 6 online modules are self-directed and take approximately 5 hours to complete in total.

Because I am a Girl. The State of the World’s Girls, 2011. So, what about boys? (2011)

N. van der Gaag. Plan International (2011)
This is the fifth report in a series published by Plan International that examines the rights of girls throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood. This issue discusses the importance of engaging men and boys in working for gender equality. The report includes research, definitions, case studies, and recommendations for action.

Beginning to Understand the Economic Costs of Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (2014)

This 2014 paper estimates the costs of exposure to intimate partner violence for Canadian society. The authors estimate that each year there are approximately 125,000 new children exposed to intimate partner violence generating a yearly economic cost to society of $759 million for that one cohort of children in Canada. Over a period of 10 years, this one cohort would impose an economic cost of $7.0 billion, and this is substantially underestimated because it does not include the new sets of children exposed to intimate partner violence each year. As such, the potential for societal economic cost savings resulting from the prevention of intimate partner violence is significant.

Being Undocumented & Intimate Partner Violence (IPV): Multiple Vulnerabilities Through the Lens of Feminist Intersectionality (2012)

This 2012 article discusses how gender, ethnicity, and legal status intersect to shape undocumented women’s vulnerability to intimate partner violence, negative health effects, and barriers to seeking help. This is an abstract only.  You can access the full article through the library, society membership, or by online purchase.

Bell Bajao! Campaign (n.d.)

In 2008, Breakthrough in India launched a cultural and media campaign that calls on men and boys to take a stand against domestic violence.  The campaign was inspired by true stories and shows men and boys stepping up and ringing the bell to interrupt overhead domestic violence.  The tools and messages of the campaign have been adapted by organizations around the world including Canada, China, Pakistan and Vietnam.

Below the “tip of the iceberg”: Extra-legal responses to workplace sexual harassment (2011)

This 2011 examines extra-legal strategies (i.e., the less visible but more frequent formal and informal organizational practices) that victims used to redress, resist or avoid workplace sexual harassment.  Findings indicate that the majority of victims do not formally report the harassment for fear of retribution or that nothing will be done; however victims use proactive or assertive alternative strategies, such as seeking informal assistance and ‘dealing with the problem themselves’.  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

Best Practices for Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault (2013)

The Alberta Government developed this handbook to better inform police officers, Crown prosecutors, and all those involved with the criminal justice process of sexual offences about the impact and effect this crime has on victims and what resources are available to combat this type of violence.  Information and best practices for investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases was obtained through discussions with senior Crown prosecutors, police officers, sexual assault and Victim Service advocates, sexual assault examiners, health care professionals, and others who work with survivors of sexual assault, as well as through an academic literature review.  Topics include definitions and concepts; sexual assault myths; the roles of professionals and the importance of collaboration; reporting to police; consent; drug-facilitated sexual assault; the Third Option (i.e., option of saying ‘maybe’ to reporting assault to police rather than just ‘yes’ or ‘no’); historical sexual assaults; dates sexual offences came in force with the Criminal Code; prosecution; criminal justice process; Dangerous/Long-term offender applications; vicarious trauma; facts and statistics; online exploitation; people with disabilities; cultural issues; sex trade workers; human trafficking; male victims; older victims; victims from the Rainbow community; and sexual violence in the context of intimate partner violence.

Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario (2013)

This 2013 report from the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s Diversity Committee outlines best practices on policing and LGBTQ communities in order to assist police services to develop inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ police personnel and develop and maintain relationships with members of the LGBTQ communities.  The report provides definitions/terminology and outlines different procedures and practices for policing certain situations that may occur within the LGBTQ communities such as hate crimes; intimate partner violence; sexual assault; and sex work.