Aboriginal Women and Family Violence – Methodology


This research was designed to capture information from two categories of respondents: Aboriginal women and those working with them (or first responders).

With regard to the first category, a series of eight two-hour focus groups were held, each with 10 First Nations and Métis women, in the following locations:

  • Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
  • Val-d'Or, Québec
  • Prince George, British Columbia
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia

Focus group participants were evenly divided between First Nations women living on reserve, and First Nations and Métis women living off reserve.

With regard to the second category of respondents, professionals working with Aboriginal victims of intimate partner violence, telephone interviews were conducted with 15 key informants. These key informants, or "first responders," included police (both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and those employed by provincial governments), health care workers, social workers, and crisis centre staff from Aboriginal communities across Canada, both on and off reserve. More specifically, five of these first responders worked with Inuit women in the North; the remaining 10 worked with First Nations women living on reserve and in urban centres in Southern regions across Canada.

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