Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence has been consistently identified as one of the most common forms of violence against women in Canada. Despite the widespread prevalence of this issue, victims and survivors continue to experience enormous shame, stigma and misunderstanding about their experiences, including when they seek healthcare services. Our Violence and Health Research Program focuses on the impact of violence on women’s health and the health system’s response to women’s needs – embracing a multidisciplinary view of health that encompasses psychosocial, biological and environmental determinants. Our scientists’ interests include evidence based anti-violence training for healthcare professionals and the intersections between health, judicial and social services in response to violence against women.

Frequently collaborating with the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care & Treatment Centres, our scientists are conducting studies to explore best practices in sexual assault care to improve services across the province. We have also developed an online resource for evidence-based, interactive curricula on intimate partner abuse and sexual violence –

Violence Against Older Women Learning Modules