In Each Others' Hands: Community Allies Preventing Intimate Partner Violence
In each others’ hands, funded through a contribution agreement with the National Crime Prevention Centre – Knowledge Translation Fund, is a community-oriented, action research project designed to address the role community members, including family members, friends, neighbors, health and human service providers or authority figures, play in the prevention of intimate partner violence. The research team is cross gendered and cross-cultural and data was gathered in rural, urban, Northern, central and Southern regions of Saskatchewan. The research team reviewed police files of intimate femicides to determine critical prevention variables. Team members also interviewed women who have experienced intimate partner violence, men who have perpetrated violence against their intimate partners and average citizens, both professionals and laypersons, who have either tried to help someone who was being hurt or talked to someone who was harming their intimate partner. Project results inform community-based prevention initiatives at both the local and national levels. The research process, including challenges and insights, will be discussed along with research findings.
Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence, Intimate Femicide, Community Allies, Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence, Intervention
Deborah Helen Farden, M.Ed.
Registered Psychologist, Alternatives Program
Lisa Jean Broda, M.A.
Lecturer/Researcher, Public Safety, and Policing, Ministry of Corrections