About

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. 

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.

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.

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

Our Core

Values

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

Principles

  • 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

Accountability

Advisory Board

Responsibilities of the Advisory Board:

  • Ensuring that the Centre promotes and develops community-centred action research guided by feminist principles, especially by the recognition of the relationship between violence against women and children and the context of systemic inequality and injustice in which it thrives
  • Meeting a minimum of two times per year
  • Ensuring that research activities are relevant to community concerns and the diverse nature of all the communities affected by violence against women and children
  • Ensuring the activities of the Centre are committed to collaboration in local, national and international research initiatives by maintaining links with the founding partners, community based organizations in London and the Alliance of Research Centres
  • Ensuring appropriate recognition of  contributions made by researchers, students and community partners
  • Receiving reports from the Centre staff
  • Recommending the appointment of new Research Associates (academic and community) to the Centre Directors.
  • The Centre reviews and accepts Research Associates for a renewable three year term on an ongoing basis which must be approved by the Centre’s Advisory Board.

Management Committee

Responsibilities of the Management Committee

  • Review and approve the annual budget.
  • Approve the annual report
  • Identify fundraising priorities.
  • Develop strategies to increase the integration of the Centre into the Faculty of Education through shared initiatives and resources.
  • Consult with the Advisory Committee on emerging and ongoing initiatives.
  • The Management Committee will meet at least two times per year (fall, winter and spring) and more often if necessary.

Awards

Current Awards

Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women and Children

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Established by Scotiabank, awarded annually to an undergraduate student in any year of any program who demonstrates strong academic achievement and financial need.  The student must have an interest in research and education regarding violence against women and children and be involved with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC). Preference will be given to a student in the Faculty of Education who is involved with a community agency, and whose work addresses issues relating to violence against women and children.

Value: $3,250
Awards available: 1
Deadline:  March 1 (every year)

To apply:

  1. Create a   student financial profile on The STUDENT CENTRE SITE
  2. Complete   CREVAWC Application

**You must complete both of these steps to qualify**

Scotiabank Graduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women and Children

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Established by Scotiabank, awarded annually to a graduate student in any year of any program who demonstrates strong academic achievement and financial need. Candidates must have an interest in research and education regarding violence against women and children and involvement with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC). Preference will be given to a student in the Faculty of Education who is involved with a community agency, and whose work addresses issues relating to violence against women and children.

Value: $3,250
Awards available: 2

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Elisabeth Steel Reurink Memorial Award

Elisabeth Steel Reurink

The Elisabeth Steel Reurink Award is awarded annually to a student connected with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children who is interested in violence against women issues and plays an active role in his/her community. Elisabeth died in a skiing accident in March 2009. Elisabeth, daughter of Linda Steel and Brian Reurink, wrote that “Society and the world are always in need of change or fixing because as soon as we fix one problem another one arises. With every problem people have the ability and the capacity to be compassionate and reach out to help their neighbour, even if their neighbour is half-way around the world.”

Value: $1000
Awards available: 1

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Everyday Heroes Award

To recognize women or men who through their ideas, effort and dedication are making a difference in the lives of other people. They are people who don't go looking for attention, but who deserve it.

Past Award Recipients

2020/2021 Recipients

Scotiabank Graduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women & Children
Lina Saadeddin
Alexis Winfield
Elisabeth Steel Reurink Award
Helene Bigras Dutrisac 

2019/2020 Recipients

Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence against Women and Children
Nidhi Marulappa

2018/2019 Recipients

Scotiabank Graduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women and Children
Corinne Qureshi
Kristina Giacobbe 

Elisabeth Steel Reurink Memorial Award
Jackie Salas

Everyday Hero Award
Shelley Yeo

2017/2018 Recipients

Scotiabank Graduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women and Children
Natalia Musielak
Casey Oliver
Sakthi Kalaichandran

Elisabeth Steel Reurink Memorial Award
Corinne Qureshi

The Ray Hughes Scholarship on Innovative Practices in Violence Prevention  
Steven Budafalvi

2016/2017 Recipients

Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence against Women and Children
Rayyan Khalif and Kavisha Patel

2015/2016 Recipients

Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence against Women and Children
Lama Mouneimne

Scotiabank Graduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women and Children
Katherine Reif, Laura Olszowy, and Mike Saxton

Elisabeth Steel Reurink Memorial Award
Randal David  

The David Wolfe Scholarship on Research on Violence Prevention  
Caely Dunlop

The Ray Hughes Scholarship on Innovative Practices in Violence Prevention  
Adam Manery

2014/2015 Recipients

Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence against Women and Children
Cindy Chen

2013/2014 Recipients

Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence against Women and Children
Karolina Czechowska and Sarah Kennedy

Elisabeth Steel Reurink Memorial   Award
Carolyn Carrier

2012/2013 Recipients

Scotiabank Graduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women and Children
Kristine Spence

2011/2012 Recipients

Scotiabank Graduate Award for Studies in Violence Against Women and Children
Lina Rodriguez and Clara Hae Yeon Ju

Elisabeth Steel Reurink Memorial Award
Jess Rueger

2010/2011 Recipients

Scotiabank Undergraduate Award for Studies in Violence against Women and Children
Kayleigh Ortega

Everyday Hero Award
Joy Lang

2009/2010 Recipients

Everyday Hero Award
Dr. Mohamed Baobaid

2008/2009 Recipients

Everyday Hero Award
Bonnie Robichaud