Action Centre

The FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children

The FREDA Centre is one of five violence research centres established in 1992 with a five-year grant from Health Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). It began as a partnership between Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the Vancouver Community Research Centre. The FREDA Centre resides within the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Since 1997, the Centre has been operating on the basis of project-specific grants. The FREDA Centre works closely with grass-roots community organizations, and its offices are located at SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus, in close proximity to those of its community partners.

The mandate of the FREDA Centre is to facilitate and conduct research on violence against women and children, in order to raise awareness and effect policy.

The Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Gender-Based Violence

The FREDA Centre is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Gender-Based Violence, formed in 1996 by the five initial violence research centres. Since that time the Alliance has engaged in national collaborative research projects, including a project on Violence Prevention and the Girl Child, funded by Status of Women Canada. For more information on the Alliance’s report, please consult the FREDA Centre. The Alliance now consists of seven violence research centres across Canada. The mission of the Alliance is to build community and academic partnerships to carry out research and public education to eliminate violence against women and children, and family violence.