Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP)

The FREDA Centre is a partnership member of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP), a five-year project funded by the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to conduct research on domestic homicides in Canada, identify protocols and strategies that will reduce risk, and to share this knowledge with the wider community.

The CDHPIVP is co-directed by Dr. Peter Jaffe (Western University) and Dr. Myrna Dawson (University of Guelph). The FREDA Centre is working closely with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC), the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (CSSLRV), the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC), and the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) as part of the Immigrant and Refugee Populations Research Team, co-led by Dr. Kate Rossiter (SFU & EVA BC), Dr. Mohammed Baobaid (MRCSSI), and Dr. Randy Kropp (SFU). Research Assistants for this Research Team include Sarah Yercich (The FREDA Centre, SFU), Abir Al Jamal (MRCSSI), Randal David (Western University), and Misha Dhillon (EVA BC). Dr. Margaret Jackson is a Project Collaborator.

The goal of the CDHPIVP is to create a partnership that will foster collaborative, cross-sectoral research to identify unique individual and community-level risk factors that may increase exposure to domestic violence and homicide for particular populations. The specific outcome that will be addressed throughout the duration of the partnership will be the development of enhanced evidence-based information about effective risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning strategies to prevent lethal domestic violence for these groups and their communities.

The CDHPIVP held a Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference October 18-19, 2017, in London, ON. For details about the conference program, plenary videos and slides, workshop slides, and student posters, please visit the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference webpage.

National research examining the link between family law and criminal law in the area of domestic violence

A number of projects emerged from this interest working with retired BC Supreme Court Justice Donna Martinson. Other aspects of the research have involved the National Judicial Institute, the various BC Justice Summits, the Continuing Legal Education Program, and Trial Lawyers Association. Articles, presentations and related committee memberships have characterized this stream of FREDA’s work.