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. 

National and Provincial Intiatives Map

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

Report cover page - click for full report1.  One is too many: Trends and Patterns in Domestic Homicides in Canada 2010-2015

This report documents the number of domestic homicides in Canada between 2010 and 2015 based on court and media reports and focuses on four vulnerable populations (Indigenous; rural, remote and northern; immigrant and refugee; children killed in the context of domestic violence) that appear to be at greater risk  of domestic homicide due to historical oppression and/or lack of resources because of isolation through factors such as geography, language, culture, age and poverty.
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graphic from report - click to view full size version and text in report2.  Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) Literature Review on Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Safety Planning

This literature review has identified vulnerabilities for domestic homicide within four specific populations: Indigenous peoples; immigrants and refugees; rural, remote, and northern communities; and children exposed to domestic violence. Although each population can have distinct vulnerabilities for domestic homicide, these populations also share common risk factors for experiencing domestic violence and homicide. To address these vulnerabilities and risks, the literature recommends that risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning be culturally or context appropriate; consider the sociocultural and historical aspects of risk; and involve service/sector coordination and collaboration. Overall, the literature identified a need for differentiated, social, and intersectional approaches to domestic violence and homicide research and practice.
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Image of Page 1 of Brief 5.  Click for full PDF version.3.  Brief 5: Domestic Violence Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Safety Planning with Indigenous Populations

Domestic Violence Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Safety Planning with Indigenous Populations (fifth in a series developed by the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations) discusses the historical injustices of Indigenous peoples such as colonization, residential schools, and the ‘sixties scoop’ as well as the ongoing injustices and discrimination that Indigenous peoples currently face that put Indigenous women at greater risk of experiencing domestic violence or homicide. Current research and promising practices are highlighted for domestic violence risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning with Indigenous families.
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En français : Violence familiale : Évaluation de risque, gestion de risque et planification de la sécurité au sein des populations autochtones (Traduction: Agnès Revenu)
 

Image of Report cover page. Click for full PDF version. 4.  Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference 2017 Report

This report highlights presentations and activities from a national conference on domestic homicide prevention which took place October 18-19, 2017 in London, ON.
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Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 1 - Summer 2018 cover page image5.  Newsletter: Volume 3, Issue 1 - Summer 2018 (PDF)

The September 2018 edition of the CDHPIVP newsletter is now available and offers updates on project research, knowledge mobilization, and member updates.

 

 


 

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