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.
The Voices of Children and Young People: Giving a Voice to Children and Young People Worldwide (2014)

This 2014 publication from Child Helpline International (CHI) uses data collected from children’s helplines over a period of ten years in over 140 countries to identify issues regarding children’s use of telephone counselling. Abuse and violence remain a constant issue causing serious problems in all regions, with them majority of reported abuse and violence committed by an immediate family member.

The Washington State Domestic Violence Housing First Program: Cohort 2 Agencies Final Evaluation Report (2015)

The Domestic Violence Housing First program provided flexible advocacy to remove housing as a barrier for survivors leaving abusive relationships. Survivors of domestic violence were provided supports and resources to establish a home and rebuild their lives through permanent housing. This report provides findings from the evaluation of the program and its Cohort 2 agencies. Survivor feedback, community and agency impact, sustainability and suggestions for future evaluation are provided.

The “In Search of your warrior” program for Aboriginal offenders: A preliminary evaluation (2005)

S. Trevethan, J.P. Moore & N. Allegri. Correctional Service of Canada (2005)
This project examined the “In Search of Your Warrior” (ISOYW) program, an intervention developed for federally-incarcerated, male Aboriginal offenders with a history of violence. The program blends aspects of traditional Aboriginal spirituality with western approaches to treatment. Participants demonstrate lower need for intervention targeting personal distress, family issues, substance abuse, and community functioning. Recommendations for improving the program are offered.

Theories of Intimate Partner Violence: From Blaming the Victim to Acting Against Injustice – Intersectionality as an Analytic Framework (2011)

This 2011 article reviews historical and contemporary theories of IPV causes and women’s responses to IPV, including intersectionality. The article concludes with implications for nursing practice and research. This is an abstract only.  You can access the full article through the library, society membership, or by online purchase.

Theorizing from Particularity: Perpetrators and Intersectional Theory on Domestic Violence (2013)

This 2013 article extends intersectional analysis to perpetrators of intimate partner violence and examines the methodological implications of doing so.

There is No Honour in Violence! (n.d.)

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic in partnership with the South Asian Legal Clinic (SALCO) developed a free online training course focused on increasing the safety of young women at risk or experiencing forced marriage and ‘honour’ related violence.  The training is survivor-informed and intended to help frontline workers provide effective support for women fleeing or currently living in a family violence situation that stems from ‘honour’.  The training is conducted through an online forum facilitated by an instructor.

Thinking about Homicide Risk: A Practice Framework for Counselling (2010)

This paper was developed by Australia’s National Research Organization for Women’s Safety to Reduce Violence Against Women and Children, formally known as the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, to help counsellors assess and respond to the risk of lethality in the context of domestic violence with their clients.  The paper proposes a framework comprised of four main system domains of which counsellors need to address:  1) the client system – gathering information about the woman, her partner, any children or other family members, extended relationships and the community and culture in which the family is involved and conducting risk assessment; 2) the therapeutic relationship – developing a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship with the client and continue ongoing assessment; 3) the organizational context – within this domain the organization ensures that it has done all that it can in order to prevent a domestic homicide (e.g., develop safety plans; provide training, staff development, supervision and consultation; develop policies and procedures that outlines the roles and responsibilities of staff and managers in identifying and preventing domestic violence); and 4) the system of services – developing relationships with the wider system of services that are able to provide clients and their families with support and safety (e.g., child protection services).

Thirty years of research show alcohol to be a cause of intimate partner violence: Future research needs to identify who to treat and how to treat them (2016)

While neither a necessary nor a sufficient cause, this 2017 article argues that excessive alcohol use does contribute to the occurrence of partner violence and that contribution is approximately equal to other contributing causes such as gender roles, anger and marital functioning. They find that current theories of how excessive drinking results in partner violence provide a potentially valuable framework with respect to who should be targeted for interventions with respect to alcohol-related partner violence and what those interventions should address.

Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma (n.d.)

This website, developed by the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S., shares a new video series “Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma” that underscores the significant impact of children’s exposure to violence and victimization, outlines effective strategies to protect children and alleviate the harm of exposure, and stresses that everyone has a role to play in supporting these children.  The series includes a public awareness video and three topic-specific videos – Treatments That Work, The Child Advocacy Center Model, and Community-Based Approaches.  More videos are being developed and will be made available on the website.

Time to Turn Feminist Words into Action – Feminist Scorecard (2017)

This 2017 Feminist Scorecard assesses the steps the Canadian government has taken to make meaningful progress towards achieving women’s rights and gender equality, both at home and abroad. On the whole, the scorecard finds that the Liberal government’s bold feminist rhetoric has not yet translated into tangible policy and spending decisions that can really push the needle forward on gender equality.