Investigative study of policy responses to violence against women in Canada

January 1, 2001


Canada was at the forefront of policy development in this field during the 1990s. The study made comparative analysis of current policy and practice in the UK and Canada is provided with regard to the following:

  • UK and Canadian approaches to violence against women, and the activist movement;
  • multi-agency and federal responses;
  • the contribution of government and research to social change;
  • innovation and law reform in the criminal and civil justice systems;
  • children’s and schools programmes.

Main Conclusions:

The following are a number of principal areas identified in this report where Canadian contributions could be of key importance to others:

  1. Innovations in women’s projects and shelters.
  2. A holistic approach to women’s and children’s safety.
  3. Approaches in rural and sparsely populated areas.
  4. Inter-agency liaison which is practical, effective and informed by women’s services.
  5. ‘Changing the Landscape’ – The Canadian Panel report on violence against women.
  6. The Statistics Canada ‘Violence Against Women Study’ and the development of official statistics.
  7. Wide-ranging government policy and commitment.
  8. Regional action-oriented research centres with a measure of central government funding.
  9. Proactive law enforcement on domestic violence.
  10. Children’s programmes for child witnesses of violence, or for mothers and children in parallel.
  11. Schools programmes.

See Research Report: Challenging Violence Against Women: The Canadian Experience

Grant Holder: University of Bristol

Sponsor: The Institutional Research Programme of the Canadian High Commission

  • Project Team:
    Audrey Mullender, Gill Hague, Liz Kelly