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Annotated Bibliography Partner Abuse in LGBTQ Relationships (PDF document)
by Patricia Durish, Family Service Association of Toronto

This document provides an annotated bibliography of resources relating to same sex partner abuse, including journal articles, book chapters, reports, and magazine and newspaper articles. January 2007, 15 p.

“Asking For Directions”: A Public Consultation Report (PDF document)
by Cunningham, E. & members of the Male Violence Action Research Team

This report discusses the findings of three consultations in New Brunswick (Francophone, Anglophone, and Aboriginal), in which the authors sought direction to establish research priorities to reduce men’s violence against women. July 2007, 10 p.

The Development of the Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER): A Tool for Criminal Justice Professionals (PDF document)
by P. Randall Kropp and Stephen D. Hart, prepared for the Department of Justice Canada

This report describes the development and pilot testing of the Brief Spousal Assault Form for the Evaluation of Risk (B-SAFER). Key findings of quantitative and qualitative analyses are presented. The report also provides an overview of various models of risk assessment to set the context for the B-SAFER project. The final section concludes that the B-SAFER is an appropriate and valuable tool that can be used by law enforcement agencies in Canada. 2004, 74 p.
(Available in French (PDF document))

Domestic Violence in Sponsor Relationships among Immigrant and Refugee Women and its Links to Homelessness: Implications for Service Delivery (PDF document)
Canadian Council on Social Development

This study examines the impacts of both domestic violence and sponsorship agreements on the risk of homelessness for immigrant and refugee women in Ottawa and Vancouver. It provides an overview of the literature on homelessness and domestic violence among immigrant and refugee women in Canada, a discussion of the methodology employed, a demographic portrait of the women surveyed, presents and analyses the qualitative findings, and identifies recommendations. 2006, 51 p.

Effective Practices in Sheltering Women Leaving Violence in Intimate Relationships: Phase Two Report 2006 (PDF document)
by Leslie M Tutty, prepared for YWCA Canada

This report discusses the results found through a survey and through interviews with 368 abused women who used emergency housing in 10 shelters across Canada. Topics discussed include the women’s experiences with abuse, what they expected of a shelter, what services they received, and whether such services were suitable for their needs. Based on the results of this study, the report offers recommendations on how shelters can better meet the needs of women who are abused by their partners. 2006, 130 p. (Available in French (PDF document)

Empowerment of Immigrant and Refugee Women Who are Victims of Violence in Their Intimate Relationships
Justice Institute of British Columbia, Centre for Counselling and Community Safety

This report presents the findings of a research study designed to enhance understanding of the unique experiences of immigrant women who were victims of violence in their intimate relationships. The research assessed what service delivery factors in the health care, social service, and justice systems are uniquely empowering and disempowering to immigrant women who are victims of violence in their relationships. May 2008

Engaging Men and Boys in Preventing Violence Against Women: Applying a Cognitive–Behavioural Model (PDF document)
by Claire V. Crooks, George R. Goodall, Ray Hughes, Peter G. Jaffe and Linda L. Baker

This article discusses the notion of male involvement in attempting to address intimate partner violence. A cognitive-behavioural approach to involving men and boys in preventing violence against women is described which includes three main components: goal setting, core beliefs, and strategies for change. Initiatives are described which have employed the cognitive-behavioral approach in order to make men and women equal partners in the fight against violent relationships. 2007, 24 p.

Engaging Men and Boys to Reduce and Prevent Gender-Based Violence (PDF Document)
Prepared by White Ribbon Campaign for Status of Women and the Public Health Agency of Canada

This document examines the impact of gender-based violence on communities and includes frameworks and strategies to promote positive male role models. 2011, 46 p.

Keeping Women Safe: Eight Critical Components of an Effective Justice Response to Domestic Violence (PDF document)
Critical Components Project Team

This paper identifies eight critical components of an effective specialized justice response to domestic violence. These are based on research and evaluations of coordinated approaches to service delivery for victims and offenders in other jurisdictions and criteria outlined in the Final Report of the Ad Hoc Federal/Provincial/Territorial Working Group Reviewing Spousal Abuse Policies andLegislation. It also includes recommendations for police and government to help ensure the successful development and implementation of these critical components. April 2008, 18 p.

Matter of Fact: What are the trends in self-reported spousal violence in Canada?
by Jodi-Anne Brzozowski and Robyn Brazeau, Statistics Canada

Until 1993, police-reported statistics were the only national source of information on the nature and extent of spousal violence in Canada. However, it was generally recognized that relying on these data was limited because they only include incidents that come to the attention of the police. And given the “delicate” nature of these incidents, spousal violence is an offence that is often not reported to the authorities. July 2008, 4 p. (Available in French)

“No Cherries Grow on Our Trees”: A Social Policy Research Paper for the Take Action Project to Address Women’s Poverty and Violence Against Women (PDF document)
Take Action Project, METRAC

This is a policy research report prepared by the Take Action Project on the relationship between violence against women and poverty in Ontario. It provides detailed policy recommendations on the issues. October 2008, 58 p.

Offender Profile and Recidivism among Domestic Violence Offenders in Ontario (PDF document)
by Nathalie Quann, prepared for the Department of Justice Canada

This report compares offence characteristics, criminal history and recidivism of offenders who have been convicted in Ontario of a domestic violence offence in a jurisdiction where there is a Domestic Violence Court with offenders convicted in other Ontario courts. It also examines the influence of criminal history, spousal conviction and sentence characteristics on the likelihood of recidivism. May 2006, 47 p. (Available in French (PDF Document))

Older women’s perceptions of and responses to abuse and neglect in the post migration context
By Sepali Guruge & Parvathy Kanthasamy

This study examines the experiences of older Tamil women and provides critical insight into these women’s experiences of – and their responses to – abuse and neglect.  The authors examine how factors at the individual, community and societal levels have shaped these women’s experiences. Key opportunities for prevention and intervention both within and across new communities are discussed. 2010, 22 p.

A profile of Female Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Treatment
Natalie Gabora, Lynn Stewart, Kelly Lilley and Nicole Allegri, Correctional Service Canada

This study explores female perpetrators' characteristics and examines the context, consequences and motives for their aggression. 2008, 32 p.

Police Officers’ Views of Specialized Intimate Partner Violence Training (PDF document)
by Elizabeth Blaney, PhD., Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, University of New Brunswick

This paper is about a training program for police officers on intervening in cases of intimate partner violence, developed by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research in partnership with the Fredericton Police Force. It describes the development of the training program and presents findings on the effect of the training from focus groups held with those same officers one year after the training. May 2009, 25 p.

Sexual Offences of Men with Intellectual Disabilities: A View from Private Practice (PDF document)
by Peter R. Johnson Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, Journal on Developmental Disabilities - Volume 14, Number 2

This article presents the findings of a retrospective study examining a group of men with intellectual disabilities who had committed sexual offences and received assessment and treatment services in a community setting. Information is provided on their levels of intellectual functioning, additional disabling conditions, charges, classification, treatment and rates of recidivism. 2008, 8 p.

Spousal Violence Against Women Preventing Recurrence (PDF document)
by Bing Guo and Christa Harstall, Institute of Health Economics

The authors of this report were interested in determining if past studies have examined risk assessment instruments which help to identify those offenders who are at a high risk of re-offending. Through a review of systematic reviews and primary studies from several journal databases, the authors found that no comprehensive review of the literature on risk assessment instruments exist and only 8 primary studies had focused on the topic. January 2008, 68 p.

Study on the Experiences of Abused Women in the Family Courts in Eight Regions in Ontario (PDF document)
by Molly Dragiewicz and Walter DeKeseredy, prepared for Luke's Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children

This report documents and analyzes the experiences of abused women who are negotiating the family court system in eight regions of Ontario. It also includes information from advocates in each of these regions. In addition, the report covers the history of and need for this study, the research methodology, and a discussion of relevant research to contextualize the findings. 2008, 102 p.

Supervised Visitation and Exchange Centres for Domestic Violence: An Environmental Scan (PDF document)
RESOLVE Alberta, prepared for Alberta Ministry of Children’s Services

This scan is a valuable resource for jurisdictions considering developing visitation centres in order to safeguard all family members touched by domestic violence and support parents and children in continuing to have positive relationships. March 2006, 119 p.

Transition Homes in Canada: National, Provincial and Territorial Fact Sheets, 2009/2010
by Adam Cotter and Marta Burczycka, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada

This report summarizes the findings of the 2009-2010 Transition House Survey which sought information from 593 shelters across Canada. Shelter details in addition to a profile of residents are provided for each province as well as a national fact sheet. 2011, 34 p. (Available in French)

When Bad Things Happen: Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Other Mistreatments Against Manitoban Women with Intellectual Disabilities (PDF Document)
by Marsha Dozar, Community Living Manitoba and Cam Crawford, Canadian Association for Community Living/Roeher Institute

This report opens with general context on legislative and programmatic measures instituted to deal with the mistreatment of people who are vulnerable to various harms. It provides key results of a research project exploring issues of violence and abuse against women with intellectual disabilities and, based on those findings, directions for the future with attention to how various stakeholders can help prevent and respond to the problem. It concludes with considerations for strengthening research in this area. April 2007, 106 p.

Women in Canada 2010-2011 - A Gender-based Statistical Report
Vincent Ferrao and Cara Williams, Statistics Canada

This report details women's economic security, exposure to violence, access to education and career opportunities with data on specific groups, such as immigrant and Aboriginal women. 2011.

Women and the Criminal Justice System
Tina Hotton Mahony, Statistics Canada

This report explores the prevalence and nature of female victimization, female criminality and the processing of female offenders through the Canadian criminal justice system. 2011, 40 p.

Women and Violence: Theory, Risk, and Treatment Implications
Shauna Bottos, Correctional Service Canada

This review summarizes female offender theories, the most prominent risk factors for the behaviour and explores treatment implications. 2008.

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