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.
Understanding and Responding to Sexual Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities (n.d.)

This 5-week course was developed by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) to help frontline practitioners working with immigrant and refugee communities to better understand issues of sexual violence and develop a supportive response for survivors.  The focus is not only on abuse that can occur within intimate relationships but also sexual violence that is perpetuated by family members, friends, acquaintances, those in positions of power and strangers.

Understanding Factors that Shape Gender Attitudes in Early Adolescence Globally: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review (2016)

This 2016 paper explores factors that shape gender attitudes in early adolescence across different cultural settings globally. The review findings indicate that young adolescents, across cultural settings, commonly express stereotypical or inequitable gender attitudes, and such attitudes appear to vary by individual socio-demographic characteristics (sex, race/ethnicity and immigration, social class, and age). Findings highlight that interpersonal influences (family and peers) are central influences on young adolescents' construction of gender attitudes, and these gender socialization processes differ for boys and girls.

Understanding Issues Facing Transgender Americans

“The series is a primer that introduces the major areas in which LGBT Americans face legal barriers to fully participating in life and provides a summary of what advocates are doing to work for change. This report incorporates information current as of February 2015.”

Understanding Technology-Related Violence Against Women: Categories and Examples (2013)

Learning Network Brief 06. (March 2013) Linda Baker, Marcie Campbell & Elsa Barreto.

Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Early Childhood Educators (2001)

Linda Baker, P.G. Jaffe & Kathy Moore
This user-friendly resource helps Early Childhood Educators learn to identify and support children exposed to domestic violence. Topics include implications for the childcare setting, safety planning, reporting, and accessing community support.

Understanding the Role of Gender Inequality in Men’s Violence against Women: A Conceptual Model (2016)

This 2016 conceptual model was designed by Women’s Health West (Australia) as a training resource for that can be used to explore the role of gender inequality in men’s violence against women.

Understanding the Signs of Emotional Abuse (n.d.)

This webpage provides a user-friendly, overview of what emotional abuse is, the signs that may indicate someone is experiencing emotional abuse, its impacts, and how to get help.  Links to over 25 resources are available to further understanding of emotional abuse.

Understanding Violence Against Women and Children: The Need for a Gendered Analysis (2010)

This PowerPoint presentation was developed by Walter DeKeseredy and was presented at the Critical Connections symposium of the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in March, 2010.  The presentation provides statistics on violence against women and girls in Canada and the need to view this social problem through a gendered lens in order to create and implement policies that target the broader social and social-psychological forces that perpetuate and legitimate violence against women and girls.

Understanding Why Men’s Violence against Women Occurs: An Evidence-based Background Paper for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women (2016)

This 2016 resource, developed by Women’s Health West (Australia), explores the role of gender inequality in driving men’s violence against women at a system, organizational, community, and individual level. The links between these levels of influence is also explored.

Unintended Effects of a Domestic Violence Campaign (2010)

This paper examines the effects of the ‘Open Your Eyes’ campaign that was developed by college students in the U.S. to raise awareness about domestic violence and prevent abuse. The campaign utilized television advertisements, billboards, posters, and newspaper ads. Results of the evaluation indicated that the campaign increased only women’s perceived severity of domestic violence and awareness of services. Men perceived severity of domestic violence decreased after campaign exposure. Implications of these findings are discussed. The abstract of this paper is available free online; however the paper can only be accessed through the library or with a journal membership.