Resource Library

This Library contains research, promising practices, public education, and training related to violence against women and children.
Women in Politics: 2014

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women published a global map that reflects the percentage of women in parliaments in various countries across the world based on data from January 1, 2014.

Women living with disabilities and their experiences and issues related to the context and complexities of leaving abusive situation (2009)

This research study talked with women in Canada who self-defined as having a disability about their experiences with violence and abuse in terms of where the abuse took place, the different forms of abuse experienced, and the complexities associated with leaving the abusive situation.  Recommendations for best practices and change were provided.  You can view the abstract for free online. You will have to purchase the article or have a membership to gain full access.

Women with Disabilities in Canada Report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the Occasion of the Committee’s Initial Review of Canada (2017)

This report examines domestic implementation of the rights of women with disabilities in Canada. It also provides an overview of key areas of focus for women with disabilities including unemployment and underemployment, gender and (dis) ability wage gap, poverty and housing, and low median incomes.

WomenatthecentrE (n.d.)

WomenatthecentrE is an organization based in Toronto, ON engaged in personal and political advocacy. Members are encouraged through personal advocacy to stand up for their rights and ensure their personal needs are being met. The organization develops workshops for survivors as well as those who work with women experiencing domestic violence.

Women’s Experiences of Abuse as a Risk Factor for Incarceration: A Research Update (2015)

This 2015 research update provides additional findings about the extent of victimization experienced by women and girls under correctional control, and a deeper understanding of the ways in which experiences of victimization can lead to incarceration.

Women’s Experiences of Male-Perpetrated Sexual Assault by Sexual Orientation (2007)

This 2007 study by Long, Ullman, Long, Mason, and Starzynski examines differences in sexual assault experiences among heterosexual, lesbian, and bisexual women.  Findings indicate that while some similarities exist across all sexual orientations (e.g. attributions of blame), many differences are also reported (e.g. higher PTSD symptomology among bisexual women).

Working with Children Towards a Healthy & Non-Violent Future (2008)

This 2008 Special Collection published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence provides a unique perspective on working with children (younger than 13 years of age), focusing on theories and strategies for raising respectful, non-violent people. Resources included here discuss child development and how to utilize this knowledge when implementing primary prevention strategies that foster healthy attitudes and behaviors. Acknowledging the reality that many of the children with whom we work may already have been victimized or exposed to violence, the collection includes tools to support secondary prevention efforts that teach skills to enhance safety. Central to this collection is the belief that advocates working to end violence against women are committed to the safety and well being of all children, and wish to create social change by investing in the potential that children offer – the promise of a new generation of non-violent, respectful young people and adults who resist traditional social norms that perpetuate violence against women.

Working With Men to Prevent Violence Against Women: An Overview. (Part One) (2004)

A. Berkowitz. VAWnet (2004)
Effective strategies for engaging men in violence prevention efforts from the perspectives of men who are participants of anti-violence programs and men who provide them are discussed. Strategies include approaching men as partners rather than perpetrators; activities and discussions must be led by male peers; and enhancement of positive anti-violence attitudes.

Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocates (2016)

Since 1999, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) have responded to questions from advocates on how to tailor victim services to better meet the needs of older adults. As part of our shared mission to enhance the safety and quality of life of victims across the lifespan, NCALL and OVW created Working with Older Survivors of Abuse: A Framework for Advocates. This toolkit consists of a: summary report, a self-assessment workbook and resource lists, and training modules.  [Source: VAWnet]

Working with Victims with Brain Injuries in Domestic Violence Shelters (2012)

This 2012 resource provides guidelines for assisting victims of domestic violence who have sustained brain injuries while they are staying in a shelter.