Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area, North Slave Region, South Slave Region

Tags: health, social sciences, social support, social services, intimate partner violence, women's health

Principal Investigator: Hampton, Mary (5)
Licence Number: 15387
Organization: University of Regina
Licenced Year(s): 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Issued: Jan 08, 2014

Objective(s): To integrate several sources of data to create an action plan that maps the socio-spatial problem of intimate partner violence; to create narratives describing community response in rural and northern areas of the Prairie Provinces and the NWT; and to generate a grounded theory as a practical tool to create and sustain non-violent communities in these regions of Canada.

Project Description: This study will:
1. Integrate several sources of data to create an action plan that maps the socio-spatial problem of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).
2. Create narratives describing community response in rural and northern areas of the Prairie Provinces and the NWT.
3. Generate a grounded theory as a practical tool to create and sustain non-violent communities in these regions of Canada.

The following research questions have been developed for year three:
1. What are the needs of women who experience intimate partner violence in rural and northern regions of Canada?
2. What are the gaps in meeting these needs?
3. How do we create and sustain non-violent communities in rural and northern regions of
Canada?
4. Think about the first IPV event, the last, and the worst IPV event in your community. Can you please describe these events? How did the community respond to these events?

The research team will involve two students currently enrolled at North Slave/Yellowknife Campus (Nursing and Social Work) in data collection. The Northwest Territories Coalition Against Family Violence (representatives from Justice & Health & Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories and Community Non-Government Organizations) are informed of the study and will be regularly updated on the progress and methods as they evolve. The research team has made presentations to the Northwest Territories Shelter directors and will be meeting regularly with them on processes and methods. The Young Women's Christian Association Executive Director, Lyda Fuller, is a collaborative community partner in the study and is fully involved in the research project.

Working with the Aboriginal Committee team members of this project, a dissemination plan will be developed that is inclusive of all of the communities impacted by the study and will occur consistently over the course of the five year project.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2014.