Resource Library

This Library contains research, promising practices, public education, and training related to violence against women and children.
“Do You Know What It Feels Like to Drown?”: Strangulation as Coercive Control in Intimate Relationships (2014)

This 2014 qualitative research study explored women’s experiences of, thoughts about, and reactions to being strangled by an intimate partner.  Many of the women felt that their partner used nonfatal strangulation as a way to exert power and control during an assault and to exert control beyond the assault.  The majority of women thought they were going to die during the incident.  The abusive partner would make threats (most often death threats) during the assault as well as accusations and directives.  Not surprisingly, the assault elicited immediate and lasting fear with these women and many of them became more fearful of their partner. Overall, the women felt that the assault was triggered by their partner feeling like he did not have control over her and that he was jealous, feared losing the relationship, and was upset that she wouldn’t comply with his demands.  This study shows how nonfatal strangulation is an effective coercive control tactic used to punish and hurt a woman for noncompliance and elicit lasting fear to exert and maintain power and control in the relationship. You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

“It’s not OK” shines a light on family violence (2009)

This brief paper discusses the development, implementation, measurement, and evaluation of the It’s not OK campaign in New Zealand. This paper can only be accessed through the library or a journal membership.

“No More” Ending Sex-Trafficking in Canada – Report of the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada (2014)

This report outlines the findings and recommendations of the Canadian Women’s Foundation’s National Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls in order to help develop a five-year national anti-trafficking strategy.  Topics include defining sex trafficking and the work of the Task Force; why sex trafficking must end; literature review on sex trafficking including who is at most risk, who are the traffickers, who are the buyers, and how big an issue is sex trafficking; an integrated strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada; changing systems that provide support and justice; supports available for women and girls; raising awareness; developing a collective action; and recommendations to end sex trafficking in Canada.

“This is a Man’s Problem”: Strategies for Working with South Asian Male Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence (2011)

This 2011 research report uses an intersectionality framework to examine the experiences of 17 frontline practitioners working with South Asian men who have engaged in intimate partner violence.  The report concludes with several recommendations for action including culturally informed and culturally appropriate education, training, and professional development for frontline practitioners working with intimate partner violence in South Asian communities.