Rural, Remote, & Northern Populations Research Team

The Rural, Remote, & Northern Populations Research Team responsibilities are to conduct research on risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning for those in rural, remote, and northern communities living with domestic violence.

The Rural, Remote, & Northern Populations Research Team is co-led by:

Dr. Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph

Dr. Mary Hampton, University of Regina

Fact Sheets [coming soon]

Links

Community Validation of a Safety Planning Tool for Women Living in Abusive Relationships

This presentation was created by Dr. Deborah Doherty, the Executive Director of Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick.  The presentation outlines the challenges of understanding and responding to domestic homicide risk factors in a rural context and explores the development of a safety plan tool for rural women living in abusive relationships including assessing the validity of the tool, examining key findings, and exploring proposed dissemination strategies.

Domestic Violence and the Experiences of Rural Women in East Central Saskatchewan

This article investigates rural women from Saskatchewan and their experiences with family violence, as well as their need for services and support. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 19 survivors of family violence, as well as 3 focus groups comprised of family violence survivors or service providers. In 90% of the cases intergenerational abuse was present, which was attributed to the lack of counselling and support services available for children in rural Saskatchewan. The researchers found that the services available to rural women are scarce and do not provide enough support to meet all basic needs of those women trying to leave abusive relationships. Overall, the researchers stressed the importance of enhancing the services and violence education available to women and children living in rural areas of Canada.

Domestic Violence in Rural Canada

This article sought to investigate whether or not there has been an increase in rates of domestic violence in rural Canada. Using a national survey the researchers examined the rates of domestic violence per 100 000 in rural and urban Canada between the years of 2006-2008. Overall, the results concluded that the rates of domestic violence were significantly higher in rural areas than urban. The results are further analyzed by both type of crime and type of perpetrator.  

Exploring the Links: Firearms, Family Violence, and Animal Abuse in Rural Communities

The purpose of this study was to examine the use of firearms in the context of domestic violence in rural areas of Canada, specifically the misuse of firearms, their use as instruments of control, as well as to gain an understanding of firearm victimization and service providers’ perceptions of the relationship between firearms and domestic violence. The research was conducted using surveys (391 participants), focus groups (58 participants) and semi-structured interviews (11 abused women). Overall, the results concluded that the normalization of firearms in rural homes has led to a decrease in firearms abuse.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Canadian Territorial North: Perspectives from a literature review and media watch

This report provides a synthesis of Northern Territorial literature on intimate partner violence, as well as a 3-year media watch of Canadian Territories.  The researchers searched for themes amongst the literature and media. The primary themes found included: alcohol and substance abuse, effects of residential schooling, housing inadequacies, gaps in the justice system, murders from IPV, emergency protections orders, and awareness campaigns. The researchers identified an elevated level of IPV in rural Canada, and stressed the importance of eliminating this abuse in order to promote healthy relationships and communities.

Recognizing and Responding to Risk Factors for Domestic Homicide in New Brunswick

This presentation, developed by Dr. Deborah Doherty, provides an overview of the risk factors associated with domestic homicides and homicide-suicides in New Brunswick and reflects on the differences between urban and rural experiences of abuse.  Furthermore, the presentation highlights rural-based solutions to violence against women.

Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence

The Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project entitled Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence aims to enhance the understanding of effective community response to intimate partner violence in rural and northern regions of the Canadian Prairie provinces and the Northwest Territories leading to policy change through actions of the community partners.  Eight university partners and two community sector partners (shelter and victim services providers & justice system) plan to identify the unique needs of victims living in rural and northern areas; identify the gaps that exist in meeting these needs; and determine how to create non-violent communities in these particular regions.