CURRENT PROJECTS

National domestic violence case tracking study – of offenders and victims with the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Violence undertaking research on violence against women and children. In collaboration with provincial Victim Services in Victoria.

Building Supports Project – examining the barriers to housing access for immigrant and refugee women leaving domestic violence. In collaboration with BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) and BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH).

Alliance study of justice system response to intimate personal violence – BC responsible for the Policy Scan – collecting policies of relevance across Canada to analyze commonalities, differences, and outcomes.

Alliance study on youth violence – interviewing youth in schools and the streets about their experiences of violence in their lives.

Workplace domestic violence study – inquiry into the scope and prevalence of the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace in BC – gathering evidence to inform resources and training materials, workplace domestic violence policies, and/or legislative or regulatory reform.

FREDA GIS study – in collaboration with the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) and the Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) – mapping incidents of domestic violence geographically with the location of available services for women in these circumstances superimposed on the map. There is also a proposal in to undertake this study across Canada with the other centres undertaking violence against women and children research.

Similar fact evidence study – this study will focus on the use of similar fact evidence tendered for the purposes of corroboration or identification in cases of sexual assault against women or children. It will attempt to identify sources of criminological data on which Crown prosecutors may rely in support of applications for the admissibility of this evidence at trial, as well as measure the reliability of such evidence for the benefit of the trier of fact. The study is innovative in that it will combine traditional legal research with quantitative criminological research. It will be undertaken in collaboration with Eric Beauregard of the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

Opinion evidence workshop – Recent constitutional challenges to the prosecution and polygamy laws in Canada highlight the potential of social science research as an aid to triers of fact on important issues affecting women and children, among others, in Canada. Social scientists engaged in this field of research will be encouraged to attend. The workshop will offer instruction on the process for qualifying as an expert in a case, the preparation of expert reports, and the tendering of opinion evidence in the trial context.

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