Our Work

We have made invaluable contributions to research and practice in the areas of understanding violence against women & children, working from an intersectional perspective, preventing domestic homicide, creating safe schools, helping children exposed to violence, responding to sexual violence, implementing trauma informed practices and addressing gendered workplace harassment and violence.  

Our research and education initiatives have informed government policy, most notably in the areas of supporting children exposed to domestic violence, enhancing capacity for professionals to assess risk, training for health care, social services, education and justice professionals to increase awareness, assessment and intervention strategies for survivors of abuse, and labour legislation to provide support to survivors of survivors of domestic violence in their workplace.

Follow the links on the left to our funded projects as well as past projects and campaigns.

Research Priorities

The Centre initiates and seeks funding for projects relating to the following themes:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Violence and its impact on health and well being
  • Gender inequality and its interactions with:
    • Racism
    • Ableism
    • Homophobia
    • Classism
    • Ageism
    • or other forms of social exclusion

The Centre conducts research and education that is relevant to practice, policy development and legislative reform:

  • Families and intimate relationships
  • Justice systems
  • Educational systems
  • Health and mental health care systems
  • Social service systems
  • Workplaces
  • Communities and community institutions
  • Anti-violence agencies

Activities and Approaches


  • Participatory approaches
  • Diverse research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative designs
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Identification of emerging issues and important debates
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration among community and academic researchers
  • Dissemination of research findings: locally, provincially, nationally, internationally


  • Public awareness
  • Professional development
  • Multidisciplinary curriculum development and implementation for undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs

Community Development:

  • To build capacity for the development and implementation of anti-violence initiatives
  • To support community-based programs
  • To promote promising practices