CFICE’s Violence Against Women Hub
Senator Kim Pate, Past ED,
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Diana Majury, Professor of Law
Led by a Steering Committee of key activist scholars (both community and academic), the Violence Against Women (VAW) hub funds collaborative demonstration projects that seek to combat violence against women locally and nationally.
Through these demonstration projects, the VAW hub determines the best models of practice in community-academic partnerships
One major goal of the VAW hub is to help create Canadian-wide community-campus partnerships to work towards better legal and public policies related to violence against women in Canada.
The VAW hub works from the position that:
- VAW is a large-scale, deeply rooted systemic social problem;
- Addressing VAW requires a new approach as VAW incidents continue to remain high; and
- Partnered research can create better public understanding of the complexities of violence against women
The VAW hub Steering Committee includes:
Kim Pate, CAEFS
Diana Majury, Carleton University
Diane Matte, CLES
Lee Lakeman, CASAC
Sunny Marriner, Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC)
Leighann Burns, Harmony House and Action Research Change
Charlene Senn, University of Windsor
Barbara MacQuarrie, University of Western Ontario
Gail Gallagher, NWAC
Bonnie Brayton, DAWN
Laurie S. Alphonse, DAWN
Holly Johnson, University of Ottawa
Violence Against Women News, Resources, and Research
Check out the VAW Hub’s news, resources, and research below.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Intersectionality as a modus operandi for violence against women work
In CFICE’s “Conversations With” series, we interview community-campus engagement (CCE) practitioners to get their insights on CCE. Interview conducted by Kristina Reed, CFICE Communications Research Assistant. Bonnie Brayton has been the National Executive Director of the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN) since 2007 when she...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Tackling poverty, Gender Based Violence and human rights
by Alexandra Zannis, CFICE Communications Volunteer “But why human rights?” I am often asked this question when I say that I work for an anti-poverty organization that champions ending poverty through a human rights framework. Why are human rights so important when we talk about ending poverty in Canada? And who are we talking...
Thursday, December 13, 2018
In Case You Missed It: December 1st March to End Violence Against Women
by Kate Higginson, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Although the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence may have come to a close, the fight against gender-based violence must continue year-round. A key first step that each and every one of us can take is to listen. Listen to the 1 in 3 women affected...
Monday, August 20, 2018
CFICE VAW Researcher on Justice for Sexual-Assault Victims
CFICE Violence Against Women Hub Steering Committee member Holly Johnson recently wrote a piece for The Globe and Mail on police accountability in sexual assault cases. An excerpt of the article can be found below. To read the full piece, please visit The Globe and Mail. Justice for sexual-assault victims starts with police accountability...
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Expectations and timelines when working with a post-secondary institution
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Post-secondary institutions have specific timelines, long processes for things like ethics approval or grant applications, and generally speaking, a complex power structure that can involve some firm top-down governance. These factors can easily complicate a campus-community partnership,...
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The Benefits of Working with Post-Secondary Institutions
by Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications Research Assistant Entering into a partnership with post-secondary institutions (PSIs) can open a lot of doors for community-based organizations (CBOs), including access to certain funding opportunities, increased capacity, and the creation of new and collaborative networks with shared goals. CCE partnerships...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Power
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part three of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some strategies for sharing power. This article draws from interviews and focus...
Friday, May 11, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Resources
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part two of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some strategies for sharing resources in a way that empowers the community...
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The ABCs of CCE: Sharing Responsibilities
By Chelsea Nash, CFICE Communications RA This is part one of a three-part series on the ABC’s of CCE Partnerships, where we share some of the most important things to keep in mind when engaging in a CCE Partnership. Here, we’ve identified some of the main things we’ve found important to consider when taking...
Monday, March 19, 2018
Canadians with disabilities more likely to experience violence
Bonnie Brayton, executive director of the Disabled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada,and Violence Against Women hub member, recently spoke to the Toronto Star regarding a new StatCan report revealing startling numbers about experiences of violence for persons with disabilities. According to the report, Canadians with disabilities are almost twice as...
Friday, March 16, 2018
Violence Against Women Steering Committee Member featured in News
Barb MacQuarrie, a member of CFICE's Violence Against Women hub's steering committee, was featured in a CBC article today on how to curb domestic violence. Barb spoke from her position as the community director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario. According to...
Monday, December 18, 2017
VAW Hub partners on the front lines of sexual assault policing reforms
If you've been following the Globe and Mail's Unfounded series -- an investigative series detailing the abnormally high dismissal rate for sexual assault cases in Canada -- you'll know that changes are afoot. According to a recent Globe and Mail survey, since the series launched almost a year ago, approximately 100 Canadian police services have...
Friday, December 15, 2017
New Pilot Project: Experts to review sexual assault investigations in Ontario and Alberta
Violence Against Women hub partner, Sunny Marriner, executive director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, has been in the news recently with the launch of a new pilot project that will have police forces in select locations in Ontario and Alberta turning over sexual assault investigations to a panel of gender-based violence experts for...
Friday, August 18, 2017
Harmony House receives funding to study the family court system in Canada
by Anna Przednowek, Violence Against Women Hub RA We are happy to share that earlier this summer Leighann Burns, Executive Director of Harmony House and a Violence Against Women (VAW) Hub Steering Committee member and community partner, received a $400,000 federal grant to study the state of family law in Canada. As part of...
Monday, June 5, 2017
Partners in Action: The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
by Kira Locken, CFICE Volunteer The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) creates and funds projects to demonstrate and eradicate the systemic violence and inequality against women in society. Inspired by the work of Elizabeth Fry and established as a non-profit organization in 1978, one of the main principles of CAEFS is to...
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Job Opportunity: Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
University of British Columbia (UBC) has a responsibility to maintain an environment where its community members can study, work, and live free from concerns of sexual violence and misconduct. The Office of Sexual Violence Prevention & Response is the primary point of contact for survivors/victims of sexual violence and misconduct, as well as...
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Radio Documentary: Partnering for Change
The Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) project has accomplished alot in the first four years of the project. In Partnering for Change, a radio documentary created by CFICE volunteer Julie Bourassa, CFICE partners reflect on the personal and community impacts the CFICE project has had in Phase I. Download a PDF copy...
Friday, March 10, 2017
VAW Steering Committee member long time proponent of the Philadelphia Model
by Anna Przednowek, Violence Against Women hub RA A recent Globe and Mail article reported on a 20-month-long investigation into how police handle sexual assault allegations across Canada. The investigation found that 1 in 5 sexual assault allegations are filed as unfounded. Our Violence Against Women hub steering committee member, Sunny...
Friday, February 3, 2017
NWAC Releases Report Card on the National Inquiry into MMIWG
On January 5, 2017, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) issued a press release announcing the release of their official Report Card on the activities of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Inquiry). Drafted to reflect the success of the Inquiry in meeting its directives and mandates as...
Thursday, December 8, 2016
CFICE’s VAW Hub Co-Organizes Panel Discussion for #16DaysofActivism
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA The Rise Up Social Work discussion and panel was held on December 1st from 3-5pm. Coordinated by the SOWK 4204 class in partnership with CFICE’s Violence Against Women (VAW) Hub, the discussion explored the role of social work in ending gender-based violence. Attendees were invited to wear orange to...
Friday, November 25, 2016
CFICE VAW Hub supports “16 Days of Activism” Campaign to End Gender-Based Violence
by Nicole Bedford, CFICE Project Manager and Communications Coordinator Wondering why you're suddenly seeing people wearing orange even though it's after Halloween? It's because today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the first day of 16 Days of Activism -- a campaign focused on activities that help end...
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Violence against Women Hub Community Co-Lead Kim Pate gets appointed to the Senate
The Violence Against Women (VAW) Hub and Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Kim Pate on her appointment by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Senate. Kim is the Executive Director for Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and has held this position since 1992. Her...
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Gender Equality Measurement Symposium
by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA On Friday September 30th, the Gender Equality Measurement (GEM) Symposium, co-sponsored by the Engendering Public Engagement, Democratizing Public Space project and the VAW Hub of CFICE, took place at Carleton University in Residence Commons. The event ran from nine to noon and brought together various...
Friday, August 26, 2016
Bringing forth Issues concerning Bill C-14 and Women with Disabilities
by Anna Przednowek, PhD Candidate, Social Work, VAW Hub RA On June 16th I attended the Ottawa based forum for Robust Safeguards in Bill C-14, with a specific focus on "medical assistance in dying" and Canadians with disabilities. The DisAbled Women’s Network Canada's (DAWN's) Executive Director, Bonnie Brayton, was among a number of presenters...
Friday, June 3, 2016
NEADS and DAWN Canada conducting research on campus VAW experienced by women with disabilities
Lately, numerous media reports have demonstrated that rates of sexual assaults being experienced by women students at campuses across North America have increased. Despite the increase, very few of these institutions have a sexual assault-specific policy (as of 2014). As a result of Bill 132 in Ontario – the Sexual Violence and Harassment...
Monday, May 16, 2016
Considering Disability in Violence Against Women work
by Anna Przednowek, PhD Candidate, Social Work, VAW Hub RA The Violence Against Women (VAW) hub is embracing the spring season with great excitement as we commence a new hub project with our community partner, the DisAbled Women's Network Canada (DAWN). Issues around women with disabilities have largely been ignored or siloed in Canadian...
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Plain Language Podcast: Action Research Change Report
CFICE's latest podcast is based on Action Research Change's Report on the Implementation of Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Recommendations 2007-2011. The report highlights the lack of action from ministries and organizations to help end violence against women. Download a copy of the podcast transcript. Podcast written and...
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Sexual assault cases that lead to charges in Ottawa hit a seven-year low
A recent article published by Metro Ottawa on April 6, 2016, found that, "between 2008 and 2014, charges were laid in no more than half of the city's sexual assault cases, according to police data." When interviewed by Metro, Sunny Marriner, executive director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and one of CFICE’s Violence Against Women...
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
‘Shocking’ number of unfounded sexual assaults in Ottawa uncovered
A recent article published by Metro Ottawa on March 27, 2016, found that "more than 2,000 sexual assault complaints to the Ottawa police over a 15-year period have been deemed unfounded." According to Sunny Marriner, executive director of the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre and one of CFICE's Violence Against Women hub partners, this number is...
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Intersectionality within CFICE
by Omar Elsharkawy, CFICE Admin RA At Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE), we recognize the need to be intersectional in our work and research in order to address injustices in all forms. CFICE works to optimize the impact of campus community engagement by working on Community Food Security, Community Environmental...
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
VAW hub co-lead looks into campus-police relationship for dealing with sexual violence
by Amy Richardson, CFICE Communications RA Diana Majury, Academic Co-Lead for CFICE’s Violence Against Women (VAW) Hub, and four other researchers are looking at how campuses are dealing with sexual violence and their interrelationship with local police forces. As part of her work with CFICE, Majury found out in January they could move forward...
Monday, March 14, 2016
We want to hear from YOU!
Have your say. Take our survey! Have you heard? CFICE is making some exciting new changes! As was proposed in our initial SSHRC application, CFICE is getting ready to transition to Phase II of our work. In order to transition smoothly, we want to hear from YOU regarding how you might want to be...
Friday, March 11, 2016
How often do we consider women with disabilities on International Women’s Day?
by Anna Przednowek, PhD Candidate, Social Work, VAW Hub RA While scrolling through my Twitter feed this International Women's Day, I excitedly devoured the many articles about women and girls in various national and international contexts. Since I am deeply interested in the issues facing women, and especially women with disabilities, I was...
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Job Opportunity: Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies – Apply by September 15, 2016
Mount Saint Vincent University is seeking a candidate for the Nancy’s Chair in Women's Studies. Nancy’s Chair was established at Mount Saint Vincent University to advance the equality and status of women through teaching, research, and community and professional service. The Chair is named in honour of Nancy Ruth, feminist and activist. The...
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Humans of CFICE: Anna Przednowek
by Shannon Ing, CFICE Volunteer As part of our celebrations for International Women's day, we're featuring one of our many smart and hard-working female CFICE researchers for this month's Humans of CFICE piece: Anna Przednowek. Anna Przednowek is a PhD Candidate at Carleton University’s School of Social Work and CFICE’s current Violence...