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 establishment 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.
- Johnson & Dawson publish findings on child homicide in Ontario
CSSLRV researchers Anna Johnson and Myrna Dawson released research this month in Child Abuse Review that compares characteristics of child homicide by degree of intimacy between the victim and perpetrator.
- Ombudsman releases report on femicide of older women
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime released its report, ‘Not the Golden Years: Femicide of Older Women in Canada.
- New research on child-to-parent homicide released in collection
A new collection entitled, Young People Using Family Violence, was released today with Canadian research on child-to-parent homicide.
- Dawson served on data subgroup for recently released national MMIWG action plan
A National Action Plan for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) was released by the federal government today, featuring short term goals, two years after the MMIWG released its findings and calls for justice.
- CSA sessions feature new research focusing on violence and society
New research from across the country was featured in three sessions organized by the Canadian Sociological Association’s Violence & Society Research Cluster.