In Each Others' Hands: Community Allies Preventing Intimate Partner Violence

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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
Stream: Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Deborah Helen Farden, M.Ed.

Registered Psychologist, Alternatives Program
Mental Health & Addiction Services
Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists

Saskatoon, Sk, Canada

I have worked in the field of intimate partner violence for the past 25 years -first in an abused women's shelter, then in programs for women who had been abused, and finally, in men's programs since 2003. I have worked with men, women, and children who have been involved in intimate partner violence both individually and in groups. This work has informed both theory and practice as I completed a thesis on battered women and traumatic bonding at the Bachelor's level and a study on intimate femicide at the Masters' level.

Lisa Jean Broda, M.A.

Lecturer/Researcher, Public Safety, and Policing, Ministry of Corrections
Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Currently, I work with the Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing and lecture at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Sociology. I have been working in the area of intimate partner violence in various capacities for approximately 12 years within government and community. My research interests have been focused on risk prediction and prevention/intervention strategies. I hold a Social and Criminal Justice degree from Montana State University, and Sociology and Master's of Sociology degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and will be starting the doctoral program in the fall of 2008.

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