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.
Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking: 13-15 February 2008

Austria Center Vienna, Background Paper
This background paper, written for the Vienna Forum to Fight Human Trafficking that took place in February 2008, discusses the role of technology in human trafficking. The paper begins by describing how technology can be part of the problem by allowing traffickers easy ways to exchange information and financial transactions, recruit victims via communications and advertisements, and exploit victims with pornographic images and child pornography. However, the paper also outlines how technology can be part of the solution to preventing human trafficking. Specifically, the paper outlines how technology can be used to investigate trafficking cases; interrupt the travel of victims by ensuring security and control of documents; prosecuting traffickers; and safeguarding the physical safety of victims and providing victim assistance.

Violence Across the Lifespan: Interconnections among Forms of Abuse as Described by Marginalized Canadian Elders and their Care-givers (2007)

This 2007 article looks at elder abuse and the growing issue of violence which effects both the health and quality of life of people who are older. The authors interviewed seventy-seven older adults and forty-three care providers in focus groups in both Ontario and Alberta.

Violence against and the harassment of women in Canadian public housing: An exploratory study (1999)

This 1999 Canadian study examined the extent of various types of woman abuse (e.g., intimate partner violence; stranger violence; sexual and racial harassment) in public housing.  Results indicated that 26% of women reporting experiencing verbal harassment (2% were insulted because the harasser thought they were gay or lesbian; 9.5% were insulted because harassing did not like their skin colour or religion; and 21% had sexual remarks about them that made them feel uncomfortable).  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.

Violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada: A summary of Amnesty International's concerns and call to action (2014)

This 2014 report details the scale and severity of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls in Canada—First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It argues that despite the vast scale and entrenched nature of the crisis, and the many calls for action made by Indigenous peoples’ organizations, civil society groups, provincial and territorial government leaders, Parliamentarians, and international and national human rights bodies, the Canadian government has failed to implement a comprehensive and coordinated national response in keeping with the seriousness and pervasiveness of the threats.

Violence Against Women in Canada (2016)

This chapter by Katherine McKenna, from Feminist Issues: Race, Class, and Sexuality, deals with violence against women in Canada and explores topics such as IPV, Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, Intersectionality, Pornography and Prostitution, and Violence Against Women Internationally.

Violence Against Women in Relationships – Victim Service Worker Handbook (2006)

This guide, released by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in British Columbia in 2006, was developed to help people who work with women who are victims/survivors of violence in their intimate relationships provide information, respectful treatment, support throughout the justice system process, and a coordinated approach that addresses all needs.  The handbook is divided into eight sections: 1) exploring the nature, dynamics, social context, extent, and impact of violence against women in relationships; 2) discussing the needs of diverse communities in seeking support; 3) describing the full range of responses to violence against women in relationships, including legislation, policy, services, and community coordination; 4) providing an introduction to and overview of the work of victim services, including the role of the victim service worker and principles for effective woman-centred service; 5) focusing on a woman’s immediate safety needs; including the role of victim services and the police; 6) addressing strategies to help meet a woman’s needs for ongoing safety and security, including risk assessment and safety planning, protection orders, and other protective strategies; 7) focusing on assisting the woman through the justice system from initial report to police through to post-sentencing issues, compensation, and family justice issues; and 8) listing resources for information, practical assistance, and support.

Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf Women: An Overview (2013)

Learning Network Brief 12
Fran Odette & Doris Rajan (2013).  This paper discusses violence against women with disAbilities and Deaf women.  Topics include the myths and realities of violence against women with Disabilities and Deaf women; who perpetrates abuse and violence; types of violence experienced; barriers to reporting and accessing resources; and considerations for helping women with disAbilities who are experiencing violence.  Click for Plain Text version.

Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf Women: Infographic (2013)

The Learning Network created an infographic in conjunction with the Issue 7: Violence Against Women with DisAbilities and Deaf Women newsletter.  Each statistic is a clickable link to the original source of information.

Violence Against Women with Disabilities – Violence Prevention Review (2011)

The Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) commissioned the Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research to conduct a research review on violence against women with disAbilities in order to inform the CWF on the key issues and trends related to violence against women with disAbilities in Canada and assist them in developing a long-term strategy for preventing violence against women. This 2011 report describes women with disAbilities and violence against women in Canada. The report outlines recent legislative changes regarding persons with disAbilities and initiatives to address legislation. Key barriers and initiatives addressing the needs of women with disAbilities who are experiencing violence are highlighted such as barriers to disclosure of abuse; difficulties accessing the justice system; the absence of supports and health care intervention; the lack of training for professionals; the lack of training around violence prevention, rights education, and self-advocacy for women with disAbilities; and the lack of funding and resources. The report describes a profile of funders for violence against women with disAbilities initiatives and provides recommendations around creating sustainable and long-term programs; mapping out supportive service agencies; developing best practice tools to educate, train, and support women with disAbilities and guide the work of professionals in the violence intervention sector; and developing a national strategy to address violence against women with disAbilities.

Violence against Women: A Toolkit for Community Engagement (2013)

This toolkit from the Canadian Council of Muslim Women was developed to provide support in initiating conversations around violence against Muslim women and assist in developing strategies for community response to this violence.  The kit includes a community workshop presentation; the Muslim wheel of domestic violence; case studies; and fact sheets.  The focus of the fact sheets are on four forms of violence against Muslim women: woman abuse, femicide, forced marriage, and female genital mutiliation.  The toolkit is also available in French.