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.


PhD Candidate Danielle Bader Finalist in SSHRC's Storytellers Competition

Finding ways to keep non-urban women safe from intimate partner violence is the research goal of Danielle Bader, a University of Guelph student who has reached

Sutton and Dawson examine how IPV differs across relationships

CSSLRV researchers Danielle Sutton and Myrna Dawson published research this month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence analyzing how characteristics of

Visiting scholar from Spain spending semester at CSSLRV

Paz Olaciregui, a PhD student in the Department of Law and Sociology at the University of Zaragoza, Spain arrived at the CSSLRV at the beginning of this month

Sutton contributes to recently-released book on homicide, violent crime

CSSLRV researcher Danielle Sutton, also a PhD candidate in Sociological Criminology, is one of the contributors to a recently-released book called Homicide and

Busy days for CSSLRV researchers who volunteered at World Congress this week

CSSLRV researchers were proud to be a part of the hardworking team of 120-plus volunteers who were vital this week to ensuring that ISA’s XIX World Congress of

Canadian-themed session focuses on missing, murdered indigenous women and girls

One of four Canadian-themed sessions at ISA World Congress of Sociology this week, “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada: What Can

CSSLRV researchers present research at international conference

CSSLRV researchers participated today at the XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology in Toronto which has attracted about 6,000 delegates from 120 countries to the

Research examining definitions of domestic violence, homicide presented today in Toronto

CSSLRV researchers Danielle Sutton, Jordan Fairbairn and Myrna Dawson presented research today at the 19th International Sociological Association, World