2SLGBTQ

The purpose of this research is to examine the nature and context of intimate partner violence (IPV) within the 2SLGBTQ community across the prairie provinces. In doing so, this research aims to garner a comprehensive understanding of the service responses toward the issue and the possible barriers that might exist in relation to accessing these services. IPV refers to any form of physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, and/or spiritual abuse perpetrated by one partner over the other in an effort to exert power and control (World Health Organization, 2012). In 2017, there were approximately 96,000 police-reported incidents of IPV in Canada, accounting for nearly one-third of all incidents reported to police during that year (Burczycka, Conroy, & Savage, 2018). Within the 2SLGBTQ community, there were 22,323 incidents of police-reported same-sex IPV in Canada between 2009 and 2017 (Ibrahim, 2019). This issue has particular significance within the prairie provinces where rates of IPV are amongst the highest in the country (Burczycka & Conroy, 2018).
To date, most IPV research has focused on the experiences of women in heterosexual relationships. Consequently, there exists a dearth of research examining experiences of IPV within the 2SLGBTQ community (Donovan & Hester, 2014), particularly within rural, remote, and northern locations. Existing research does not provide a clear picture of the context, severity, and consequences of IPV against 2SLGBTQ persons making it difficult to develop appropriate services to meet the needs of this population. The proposed study will address this gap through a mixed method (qualitative and quantitative) examination of 2SLGBTQ experiences, including the nature, severity, context, and consequences of IPV incidents, their experiences of help- seeking, and gaps and barriers experienced by 2SLGBTQ persons who do seek help. The findings will be used to develop recommendations to improve services for 2SLGBTQ victims/survivors of IPV as well as strategies for intervention and prevention. This two-year project will be taking place between the spring of 2020 and 2022.

Principle Investigator:

Dr. Kendra Nixon

Academic Partners:

Dr. Nicole Letourneau (University of Calgary);
Dr. Karen Wood (University of Saskatchewan);

Dr. Janice Ristock and Dr. Tracey Peter (University of Manitoba)

Research Assistant:

Renée Hoffart

Community Partners:

Rainbow Resource Centre, OUTSaskatoon, Sagesse

Funders:

PrairieAction Foundation | Community Action, Research & Education (CARE) Grant Program

Length of Project:

2 years

Rural

The purpose of this study is to explore rural women's experience of intimate partner violence (IPV) and help-seeking across the Prairie Provinces. IPV is behaviour that causes harm to partners in an intimate relationship and includes physical and sexual violence, emotional (psychological) abuse, and controlling behaviours (World Health Organization, 2013). IPV is recognized as a serious social and public health issue with devastating consequences for individuals and families (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2016). Although there is a growing body of research on female survivors of IPV, there is a paucity of research on the experiences of rural women. Existing studies do not provide a clear picture of the unique circumstances of rural women who experience IPV or of the obstacles they face when seeking safety for themselves and their children. The proposed study will address this knowledge gap through a qualitative examination of rural women that will document the ways in which rural culture and context impacts their experience of IPV, how these experiences interact with co-occurring challenges experienced by women, and the barriers and challenges that occur within this context as women seek help. The findings of this research will be used to develop recommendations to improve services for rural women as well as strategies for intervention and prevention and to develop recommendations for future research in this area. This two-year project will be taking place between the spring of 2020 and 2022.

Principle Investigator:

Dr. Kendra Nixon

Academic Partners:

Dr. Cheryl Fraehlich (University of Manitoba);
Dr. Karen Wood and Dr. Carolyn Brooks (University of Saskatchewan);
Dr. Nicole Letourneau (University of Calgary);
Dr. Dawn McBride (University of Lethbridge)

Research Assistant:

 

Community Partners:

Women’s Resource Centre in Brandon
Ending Violence Across Manitoba (EVA MB)

Provincial Association of Transition Houses & Services of Saskatchewan (PATH)

Odyssey House Women’s Shelter

Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre

Safe Heaven Women’s Shelter Society

Family and Community Support Services and Sagesse

Funders:

PrairieAction Foundation | Community Action, Research & Education (CARE) Grant Program

Length of Project:

2 years