Same-Sex Partner Violence
The July edition of the E-bulletin focuses on violence which occurs in same-sex relationships. The unique circumstances and needs of men and women who experience same-sex partner violence are starting to be examined in the research community and recognized by health and social service providers. This issue highlights some of this important work.
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Spousal Abuse among Same-Sex Partners
According to Statistics Canada:
The Woman to Woman Abuse Initiative
From 2004-2007, Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Program funded the Woman to Woman Abuse Initiative, a project of The Avenue Community Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. This project worked with women affected by woman-to-woman abuse, service providers and organizations to create a better understanding of same-sex partner violence, and to affect positive change in policies, programs and services.
As a result of the Woman to Woman Abuse Initiative:
Resources resulting from this project include:
These resources can be found on the Avenue Community Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity website at http://www.avenuecommunitycentre.ca/prog/abuse.htm.
The Centre is currently pursuing activities that will build on the foundation created by this project. Julie Richards, Director of Community Development, is the coordinator of the Woman to Woman Abuse Initiative and can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-665-1224.
The NCFV offers over 130 publications, including overview papers, reports, discussion papers and handbooks on family violence issues. To preview our most recent publications, please see our What's New page.
The NCFV provides an extensive library reference collection, housed in the Health Canada Departmental Library. The following books may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan through your local public, academic or institutional library.
Resources on Same-Sex Partner Violence:
Dangerous families: queer writing on surviving, by Matt Bernstein Sycamore. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2004, 236 p.
Gay men and childhood sexual trauma, by James Cassese. Published simultaneously as Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, v.12, n.1/2, 2000. New York: Haworth, 2000, 228 p.
The health of sexual minorities: public health perspectives on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations, by Ilan H. Meyer & Mary E. Northridge. New York: Springer, 2007, 732 p.
Intimate betrayal: domestic violence in lesbian relationships, edited by Ellyn Kaschak.
No more secrets: violence in lesbian relationships by Janice L. Ristock. New York: Routledge, 2002, 224 p.
Same sex domestic violence: strategies for change, by Beth Leventhal & Sandra E. Lundy. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1999, 259 p.
Sexual orientation and legal rights, by Mary C. Hurley. Ottawa: Library of Parliament. Parliamentary Information and Research Service, 2005, 40 p.
Sexuality and the politics of violence, by Leslie J. Moran & Beverly Skeggs. New York: Routledge, 2004, 216 p.
Violence against marginalized girls: a review of the current literature, by Yasmin Jiwani. Vancouver: FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, 1999, 17 p. Call no.: ncfv/HV6250.4/.G57/J61/1999
Woman to woman sexual violence: does she call it rape? by Lori B. Girshick. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2002, 201 p.
New to the Library Reference Collection:
Beyond bad girls: gender, violence and hype, by Meda Chesney-Lind & Katherine Irwin. New York: Routledge, 2007, 240 p.
The child in mind: a child protection handbook, by Judy Barker. New York: Routledge, 2007, 108 p.
Elder abuse prevention: emerging trends and promising strategies, by Lisa Nerenberg. New York: Springer, 2007, 320 p.
Encyclopedia of domestic violence, edited by Nicky Ali Jackson. New York: Routledge, 2007, 704 p.
Family violence and police response: learning from research, policy and practice in European countries, edited by Wilma Smeenk & Marijke Malsch.
Judicial decision making in child sexual abuse cases, by Margaret M. Wright. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007, 208 p.
Progress for children: a world fit for children: statistical review number 6, December 2007, by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Strategic Information Unit. New York: UNICEF, 2007, 68 p.
In collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada, the NCFV offers a vast collection of videos that address family violence. Videos may be borrowed through NFB partner public libraries across Canada or through an interlibrary loan through your local public, academic or institutional library. To obtain a complete list of videos, libraries and distributors, please contact us or vist our online video catalogue.
Recent additions to the Video Collection:
Prisoners of Violence - Same-sex Partner Abuse
Pointing it Out is about safety for people who have communication disabilities and who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC includes talking letter, word or picture boards and devices. Eight people who use AAC discuss their safety in the following seven contexts: human rights, relationships, attendant services, self-esteem and confidence, communication, access to community services, safety tools and strategies. The DVD and booklet are intended to stimulate discussion and provide resources and direction on pertinent aspects of abuse prevention for people who use AAC. (2007)
July 3 to 9, 2008 – 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women: New Frontiers: Dares and Advancements, Madrid, Spain
July 7 to 9, 2008 – 8th International Looking After Children Conference: Transforming Lives - Improving Outcomes, Oxford, England
July 18 to 23, 2008 – 13th National Conference on Domestic Violence and 30th Anniversary Celebration: Building Grassroots Leadership for Social Justice, Washington, DC, USA
July 27 to 29, 2008 – International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH, USA
August 27 to 30, 2008 – 10th International Conference of the International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders - Preventing Sexual Violence through Offender Treatment and Public Policy, Cape Town, South Africa
September 7 to 10, 2008 – XVIIth ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, Towards a Caring and Non-Violent Community: A Child’s Perspective, Hong Kong, China
September 8 to 9, 2008 – The Third International Asian Health and Wellbeing Conference 2008, Building Healthy Communities: North and South, Auckland, New Zealand
September 8 to 11, 2008 – 1st World Conference for Women’s Shelters, Discovering the Common Core: Practical Frameworks for Change, Edmonton, AB
September 14 to 17, 2008 – 4th International Conference on Special Needs Offenders, Niagara Falls, ON
September 19 to 22, 2008 – Perspectives on Social Capital and Social Inclusion, Buggiba, Malta
September 29 to October 1, 2008 – The 8th World Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference, Calgary, AB
September 29 to October 1, 2008 – World Forum 2008 Early Intervention and Prevention, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
October 5 to 8, 2008 – Seventh North American Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Vancouver, BC
October 11 to 13, 2008 – Waves of Resistance: Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering!, Montreal, QC
October 16 to 18, 2008 – Ophea’s Kids’ Health Conference—Building Active Healthy School Communities, Alliston, ON
October 20 to 23, 2008 – 17th International Safe Communities Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand
October 26 to 29, 2008 – 15th Canadian Conference on International Health, Ottawa, ON
November 19 to 21, 2008 – 2008 BC Injury Prevention Conference: Partnering with the Public for Injury Prevention, Vancouver, BC
November 20 to 21, 2008 – Reaching Out to Vulnerable Families: Achieving Better Outcomes for Children, Melbourne, Australia
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – Shelter Enhancement Program
The Shelter Enhancement Program (SEP) assists in repairing, rehabilitating and improving existing shelters for women and their children, youth and men who are victims of family violence, and in acquiring or building new shelters and second-stage housing where needed.
Eligible clients are non-profit corporations, and charities that, as a principal objective, house women and children, youth or men who are victims of family violence.
As funding is limited to capital assistance, sponsor groups must obtain the assurance of operating assistance for emergency shelters. For second stage housing, occupants are expected to make modest contributions to offset the project's operating costs.
Eligible repairs/work are those required to:
For more information visit: www.cmhc.ca/en/co/prfinas/prfinas_011.cfm
Introducing Janice Ristock
Janice Ristock, Ph.D., is Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Women’s Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba. She is one of the first researchers to extensively interview lesbians who have experienced abuse, as well as feminist service providers (such as shelter workers, therapists, social workers), about same-sex partner violence. This work resulted in the publication of her book No More Secrets: Violence in Lesbian Relationships in 2002 by Routledge. The book won an award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 for making a distinguished contribution to the study of gay and lesbian issues. Dr. Ristock also co-authored the publication Abuse in Lesbian Relationship: Information and Resources distributed by the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence.
Dr. Ristock’s current research includes a project with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network on two-spirited women’s experiences of homophobia in the context of receiving HIV/AIDS’ services (funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research). She is also conducting research on intimate partner violence among women with disabilities, separated women and lesbian women in Canada (funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada). Lastly, she is working on an edited collection addressing violence in the lives of LGTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Queer) people which will include information on research and practice issues as well as perspectives from the US, Canada, Australia and the UK (this work will also be published by Routledge).
David Kelley Services (DKS)
David Kelley Services (DKS) provides professional, individual, couple and family counselling to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, those who are trans or queer and to those with HIV/AIDS. The Program was founded in 1996, following a merger with the Family Service Association of Toronto and the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (TCCLG). Named after David Kelley, a founder of TCCLG, services are provided to clients from various communities throughout Toronto and assist individuals with coming out, sexuality and identity, HIV/AIDS, parenting, discrimination, relationship issues, isolation, depression, abuse and violence. DKS also advocates against oppression and aims to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer individuals and those with HIV/AIDS to fully participate in their communities and in the broader society. Additionally, in conjunction with DKS, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT) Parenting Network provides resources, information and support to LGBT parents and their families.
Other on-going DKS activities include research with the police services – the first of its kind – and with the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services, which were conducted under the auspices of the Same Sex Partner Abuse Project (see below). A training manual is under development and will be available via the DKS website for agencies to undertake their own training with staff and service providers.
For more information visit: www.fsatoronto.com/programs/davidkelley.html
The Same-Sex Partner Abuse Project
A recent project led by DKS is the Same-Sex Partner Abuse Project for Toronto’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer) community. The purpose of the project was to serve residents in the area, educate service providers and researchers, and identify occurrence rates and service gaps. A significant portion of these activities involved collaborating with other dedicated services in the region to enhance the work that these agencies do. The Project also advocated for both additional funding and appropriate supports, as there is a lack of counsellors dedicated exclusively to serving the LGBTQ population. Moreover, according to the project leaders, culturally-appropriate services are minimal and there are even fewer in Canada’s smaller cities and rural areas. Although the funded project is now completed, Partner Abuse Response (PAR) services, which are uniquely dedicated to LGBTQ populations, continue at DKS. As well, there has been and will continue to be publications resulting from this project. A series of pamphlets has been produced on abuse in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships. There were also several articles and resource lists produced. These resources, including the PDF versions of the pamphlets, are available at: David Kelley Services (DKS)
In The Next Edition: The NCFV’s September E-bulletin will focus on Innovative Approaches to Addressing Family Violence.
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