Welcome to Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative
Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative
Domestic homicides account for 1 in 5 murders in Canada. Each province and territory is involved in learning from these deaths through domestic violence death review committees, coroners' investigations, inquests, inquiries or research studies.
The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative (CDHPI) is a knowledge hub for this information to help inform promising practices in homicide prevention. In particular, the CDHPI is focused on identifying emerging risk assessment, management, and safety planning strategies. The CDHPI has produced a clickable map to highlight this work in each jurisdiction.
The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) is a five-year SSHRC partnership grant (2015-2020) that explores the unique needs of Indigenous, immigrant and refugee, rural, remote, and northern communities, and children exposed to domestic violence.
In The Spotlight
The Brief highlights risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning for children exposed to domestic violence (DV) and at risk of lethality. The Brief provides a definition of child domestic homicide and identifies specific risk factors for children killed in the context of DV. The unique role of professionals working with children exposed to DV is highlighted. The Brief illustrates four cases of child domestic homicide that occurred across the country to highlight the importance of conducting risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning with children living with DV. Finally, the Brief looks at how child domestic homicides can be prevented through risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning and illustrates the importance of using an intersectional lens when helping children exposed to DV. Future directions in how to narrow the gap between knowledge and practice are discussed.
2. Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Safety Planning Research Study – Key Informant Interviews
We recently conducted an online survey regarding domestic violence risk assessment, risk management and safety planning practices, particularly with the following vulnerable populations:
- immigrants and refugees,
- rural, remote, and northern populations,
- children exposed to domestic violence.
Following up on the survey, we are conducting interviews with people who volunteered to do so through the survey, and through recruitment of other key informants.
We are looking to interview community-based service providers (shelter workers, settlement services, indigenous services, mental health) legal professionals, and other key stakeholders who work in the risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning fields to gain understanding of potentially unique risk factors, barriers to effective risk management and safety planning, and strategies currently being used with these vulnerable groups and the communities in which they live. Learn more (PDF).
If you are interested in learning more about this study, or participating in an interview, please contact Anna-Lee Straatman, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-661-2111 ext 81133.
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