The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) was founded in 1992 as a collaborative venture between The University of Western OntarioFanshawe College and the London Coordinating Committee to End Women Abuse. The Centre was established in response to a federal study on the problem of violence against women, triggered by the 1989 murder of 14 women at École Polytechnique in Montreal. 

CREVAWC joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario in 2001. 


Vision Statement 

The Centre is committed to the development and application of knowledge for the prevention of violence against women and children through promoting innovation, collaboration and equality.

Mission Statement 

We facilitate the collaboration of individuals, groups and institutions representing the diversity of the community to pursue research questions and training opportunities to understand and prevent violence and abuse.  We serve local, national and international communities by producing useful information and tools to assist in the daily work to prevent and stop violence towards women and children and vulnerable adults.


Equity: We recognize individuals and communities have unique needs in their struggles against violence and abuse

Advocacy: We use our resources to amplify voices seeking to challenge and change conditions that give rise to violence

Partnerships: We support social justice through collaborative relationships with organizations and communities

Gender based Intersectional Analysis: We recognize intersecting structural inequities create and impact experiences of violence, abuse and help seeking

Feminist Lens: We seek to understand how gender inequality impacts girls, women, trans and non-binary peoples

Integrity: We accept challenges by acting with transparency, respect and honesty

Diverse Ways of Knowing: Voices of people with lived experience, practice wisdom, research learning, and community knowledge are an integral part of our work.

Collective Leadership: We create safe spaces to explore new ideas and work collaboratively



  • We strive to build inclusive and safe workspaces by encouraging dialogue and respecting differences

  • We acknowledge our privilege individually and collectively. We strive to be accountable to those who experience violence and abuse.

  • We commit to producing knowledge that is reflective of diverse experiences, views, and perspectives

  • We strive to demonstrate our commitment to decolonization and anti-oppressive practices in our work

  • We strive to create useful resources to combat violence and abuse by writing in clear language and using a diverse array of communications including scholarly journals, popular publications, briefs and reports, traditional media and social media.

  • We commit to creating constructive change by connecting research, education, policy and practice

  • Creativity and innovation drive our long-term efforts to work for social change

  • We strive to align our work with our values by ensuring our work and our workplace is trauma- and violence-informed