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 Congress of Sociology in Toronto this week. Their paper The Implications of Defining Domestic Violence for Vulnerable Populations discusses the various definitions of domestic violence and the implications for high-risk populations. The paper drew on research being conducted by the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) which focuses on four groups: those who live in rural, remote and northern communities; Indigenous populations; immigrant and refugee populations; and children exposed to domestic violence. Sutton is a PhD candidate in sociological criminology and a CSSLRV research assistant. Fairbairn is a CSSLRV Research Associate and an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Kings’ University College, Western University. She is also a Co-Investigator for the CDHPIVP project. Dawson is the CDHPIVP Co-Director. The paper was done in collaboration with Co-Director Peter Jaffe and Marcie Campbell, CDHPIVP national research coordinator. The CDHPIVP is a five-year partnership grant funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. It involves collaboration among more than 40 partners across Canada including community service organizations, government departments, and universities.

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