Although there has been a lot published on the issue of violence against women in the past ten years, there has not been much material produced in terms of verifiable studies and quantifiable research. The reports and campaigns we have gathered for you here represent some of the landmark pieces of work on the issue.
Violence Against Women
Breaking the Links Between Poverty
In this excellent overview, the Public Health Agency of Canada explores “strategies and initiatives of groups actively working with women on violence and poverty issues.”
Helping an Abused Women: 101 Things to Say and Do – 2008
This resource gives readers insight into how abuse affects women. It is published by the Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System, a charity funded partially by the Ontario government.
Measuring Violence Against Women – Statistical Trends – 2013
In February 2013, Statistics Canada released a 120-page report on violence against women in Canada. It represents the most up-to-date information available on the issue in Canada. Statistical Trends is a four-page summary of the report.
This study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence. The study estimates the combined cost of adult sexual assault and intimate partner violence in Canada, and also makes several recommendations on how to improve the situation.
Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Behind Closed Doors: The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children – 2006
This is the first global report to document the impact of domestic violence on children. It was presented to the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 and was produced in a partnership between The Body Shop International, UNICEF and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children. It concludes with key actions that must be taken to better support and protect the forgotten victims of violence in the home.
Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as They Grow – 2005
Little Eyes, Litter Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as They Grow by Alison Cunningham and Linda Baker is a resource for anyone looking to understand how children experience violence against their mothers and how those experiences may shape them as they grow, from infancy to adolescence. The Centre for Children & Families located in the Justice System published this piece.
RCMP – The Effects of Violence on Children – 2012
Often parents believe that they have shielded their children from intimate partner violence, but research indicates that children see or hear many of the incidents. Children who witness family violence suffer the same consequences as those who are directly abused. In other words, according to the RCMP, a child who witnesses intimate partner violence is experiencing a form of child abuse.
Violence Against Women Campaigns
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. November 25 marks the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, and December 10, International Human Rights Day, is the final day. Learn more at the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence site.
Don’t Be That Guy
Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (SAVE) launched an innovative campaign, Don’t Be That Guy, in 2010 that spoke directly to young men ages 18-25. SAVE says the campaign “targets potential offenders – ultimately the ones who hold the power and responsibility to end sexual assault.” The campaign has been adapted by several cities including Ottawa and Vancouver and phase two was launched in 2012. Learn more at the SAVE site.
No More Abuse
The first Saudi Arabia campaign on ending violence against women, No More Abuse, is sponsored by King Khalid Foundation. Memac Ogilvy, Riyadh created the campaign. Learn more at the No More Abuse site.