Major new research program and network on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces

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The impact of intimate partner violence on workers and workplaces

Nadine Wathen, with Barb MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) at Western University, and Jennifer MacGregor (former PreVAiL post-doctoral fellow) lead a study examining the scope and impact of IPV in the workplace. Partnered with the Canadian Labour Congress, a national survey was completed in 2014 and was the first of its kind in Canada. The survey report and related material (French and English) is available on the CLC website:, or at

This work also led to a successfully funded Partnership Development Grant ($198,646; 2014-16) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which expanded the partnership  – now called DV@WorkNet – internationally, including researchers and advocates at the University of Toronto, Cornell University and the University of New South Wales, the US advocacy group Futures Without Violence, and international labour and violence groups, as well as corporate partners in Canada committed to addressing the impacts of IPV in the workplace.  Two international meetings have been held, four peer-reviewed journal articles published (see Appendix 1 of 2016 Progress Report) and a number of academic and policy presentations given, including to government and labour groups. The letter of intent for a SSHRC Partnership Grant (PI, Wathen) was approved and funded ($20,000) in early 2016; the full proposal will be submitted in Fall 2016.

Author: Blue, Becky

Staff, 2011 Winter