The Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence was established in 2005 through funding awarded to Dr. Myrna Dawson from the Canadian Foundation of Innovation. The award was to support the stablishment of a research unit at the University of Guelph that would focus its research activities on understanding the impacts of social and legal responses to violence. In 2008, as part of being awarded a Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice ( ), Dr. Dawson received additional funding from the Canadian Foundation of Innovation to expand her Research Centre. The overarching objectives of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence are to create and mobilize knowledge about effective social and legal responses to violence through systematic and rigorous research, to transfer and exchange knowledge that can inform public policy which seeks to reduce and prevent violence, and to train future researchers who can further sustain violence prevention research. Along with many University of Guelph colleagues whose research focuses on various topics related to violence, Dr. Dawson, together with her Centre’s Research Associates and graduate and undergraduate students, has been actively working toward this goal, focusing in particular on violence against women in its many forms.


UN publication focuses on abuse, femicide of older women

The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) released its 8th volume on Femicide today, Abuse and Femicide of Older Women. Among the contributors

Fairbairn explores feminism and public sociology in new article

CSSLRV Research Associate Dr. Jordan Fairbairn published research this month in Critical Sociology that explores feminist approaches to public sociology. The

Dumont-Smith receives UG honorary degree

Claudette Dumont-Smith, an advocate for Indigenous peoples, received an honorary degree at University of Guelph’s Fall Convocation on Saturday. Nominated by

Visiting scholar from Turkey to spend year at CSSLRV

Büşra Yalçınöz Uçan from the Department of Clinical Psychology at Bogazici University, Turkey arrived in Guelph this month to spend the 2017-2018 academic year

New chapter features work on intimacy, justice and geography

Published in partnership with the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), the book offers students a wide-ranging and accessible overview of current

Findings from two CSSLRV research projects featured at Stockholm Criminology Symposium

CSSLRV Director Myrna Dawson presented two studies at the Stockholm Criminology Sympoisum today. With Danielle Tyson and Susa Zielin, Australian researchers

Research on gender-based indicators for femicide presented in Stockholm

CSSLRV Director Myrna Dawson presented research conducted with Michelle Carrigan titled, “Gender-based indicators for femicide: Understanding their utility in

Dawson examines impact of gender in courts at 3rd Addressing Filicide conference in Italy

Centre Director Myrna Dawson presented preliminary findings today in Italy from research she conducted with Danielle Tyson, Susan Zielin, and Anna Johnson