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The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) was established in 1992 in response to a national study on the problem of violence against women, which was prompted by the murder of 14 women at École Polytechnique de Montréal in 1989. 

We invest and conduct research that investigates systemic and structural barriers to the safety of women and children, reflecting Western's desire to serve the public interest and advance knowledge locally and globally. CREVAWC has extensive partnerships within the university and with external organizations and researchers to resolve community-based issues and generate opportunities for measurable research impact and service. 

Our mission continues to be realized in response to societal and judicial issues that embed us in local, national, and global calls to disrupt cycles of gender-based violence – in homes, at work and in our communities. 


In solidarity with Iran

November 21, 2022
CREVAWC stands with the women of Iran in their fight to exercise bodily autonomy and the upholding of their basic human rights.

New framework draws connections across gender-based violence sector

June 15, 2022
Working alongside 70+ partners from across all provinces and territories, and with significant input from survivors, CREVAWC developed a report ...

Pilot study finds IPV victims lose 1 month of productivity per year

June 14, 2022
Researchers from Western Social Science and CREVAWC conducted the first survey in North America to measure the economic costs of intimate partner ...

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