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.
"This is Abuse" Campaign (2013)

The UK Home Office and MTV UK have launched a new phase of the “This Is Abuse” campaign which raises awareness on teen relationship abuse including intimidation, controlling behaviour and sexual coercion. The campaign features three television advertisements that shows abuse in relationships is not just about physical violence but can include controlling and coercive behaviour. The advertisements will run across nine UK television channels until April 24, 2013. The advertisements are also available online at The “This Is Abuse” campaign provides information on how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship, how to determine whether you are being abusive in your relationship, and where one can go to receive help. The campaign has a message board where people can talk about relationship abuse and hopefully connect with someone who has gone through similar experiences.

16 Ideas for Addressing Violence against Women in the Context of the HIV epidemic: A programming tool (2013)

This 2013 tool produced by the World Health Organization provides evidence-summaries for 16 programming approaches for preventing and responding to violence against women in the context of the HIV epidemic. The tool is aimed at policy-makers, managers of national HIV programmes from relevant line ministries, donors, national and international nongovernmental organizations and community-based organizations, UN agencies and programmes, and institutions conducting intervention research and providing technical support for violence against women and HIV programmes. A key feature of this tool is an inter-active programming wheel that summarizes the 16 ideas and the core values that must guide all programming on violence against women.

2005-2014 Highlights of the National Shelter Study (2016)

This 2016 document provides the key findings from the first national shelter study from 2005 to 2009, with an update that extends the findings to 2014. It begins by looking at trends in the average shelter occupancy rate, the number of times shelter beds were used, the overall number of Canadians using shelters annually and the length of stay by individuals using Canada’s emergency shelter system. It then examines the demographic characteristics of shelter users and changes in the shelter-using population over the past decade.

2011 AP-MTV Digital Abuse Study (2011)

MTV partnered with the AP on a study that provides an in-depth look at bullying, abuse and discrimination in the digital age.

2016: The Year of Engaging Men and Boys in Stopping Gender-Based Violence: How a School Curriculum-Based Approach Can Work (2016)

This 2016 brief reviews the work of CARE in piloting a school module on gender equality and sexual violence based on successful approaches on tackling GBV developed in the Balkans, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This briefing note explains what CARE is trying to achieve, the organization’s experience in the area of engaging men and boys in preventing violence, and why the approach taken has merit. It concludes with recommendations focusing on the role that donors, governments, civil society and education specialists can play to ensure that successes can be replicated and scaled up.

24/7 Dad® Program (n.d.)

National Fatherhood Initiative
The Second Edition of this comprehensive fatherhood program provides tools, strategies, and activities to promote the characteristics needed to be a good father 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It was designed by fathering and parenting experts and purports applicability to men from diverse backgrounds.

25 Years of Femicide (2015)

This 2015 report from the Ontario Association of Interval & Transition Houses (OAITH) examines intimate partner femicide in Ontario from 1990 to 2015 using media reports. Various aspects of intimate partner femicide are discussed, including: victim characteristics, offender characteristics, OAITH femicide data and media analysis, victim representation in the media, and directions for future research/recommendations.

9 Notable VAW Facebook Groups from Ontario (n.d.)

This article highlights 9 Facebook pages from Ontario that are dedicated to ending Violence Against Women.

A Best Practices Guide to Intersectional Approaches in Psychological Research (2008)

This 2008 article discusses the practical application of intersectionality in empirical research, using psychology as an example. It outlines how to decide which intersections of identities to use, comparing identities, and understanding identity within a social structural context. This is an abstract only.  You can access the full article through the library, society membership, or by online purchase.

A comparative analysis of victims of sexual assault with and without mental health histories: acute and follow-up care characteristics (2013)

This exploratory study examines 467 cases of sexual assault presented at the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre in Ontario, Canada in order to characterize the victims of sexual assault as seen by a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) and to compare victims with and without preexisting self-reported mental health issues.  A total of 158 (33.8%) cases involved a victim of sexual assault with at least one preexisting mental health issue (most victims reported anxiety and depression followed by bipolar spectrum disorders, substance abuse and addiction problems, psychotic spectrum disorders, self-harm/suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder.  Victims of sexual assault with preexisting mental health issues were compared to victims without a preexisting mental health issue.  Results indicated that victims with a preexisting mental health issue were more likely to be older; taking prescription medications; and to be vaginally, orally, and anally penetrated during the sexual assault.  However, they were less likely to experience a drug-facilitated sexual assault.  No significant differences were found between the groups in terms of acute care characteristics (e.g., receiving emergency contraception, HIV PEP starter kits, and counselling referrals) and on-site follow-up care characteristics (e.g., giving a phone number, coming in for follow-up visit, and having any HIV testing).  You can access the full article through the library system or through a paid membership account.