The Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence was established in 2005 through funding awarded to Dr. Myrna Dawson from the Canadian Foundation of Innovation. The award was to support the stablishment of a research unit at the University of Guelph that would focus its research activities on understanding the impacts of social and legal responses to violence. In 2008, as part of being awarded a Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice ( ), Dr. Dawson received additional funding from the Canadian Foundation of Innovation to expand her Research Centre. The overarching objectives of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence are to create and mobilize knowledge about effective social and legal responses to violence through systematic and rigorous research, to transfer and exchange knowledge that can inform public policy which seeks to reduce and prevent violence, and to train future researchers who can further sustain violence prevention research. Along with many University of Guelph colleagues whose research focuses on various topics related to violence, Dr. Dawson, together with her Centre’s Research Associates and graduate and undergraduate students, has been actively working toward this goal, focusing in particular on violence against women in its many forms.


New chapter features work on intimacy, justice and geography

Published in partnership with the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), the book offers students a wide-ranging and accessible overview of current

Findings from two CSSLRV research projects featured at Stockholm Criminology Symposium

CSSLRV Director Myrna Dawson presented two studies at the Stockholm Criminology Sympoisum today. With Danielle Tyson and Susa Zielin, Australian researchers

Research on gender-based indicators for femicide presented in Stockholm

CSSLRV Director Myrna Dawson presented research conducted with Michelle Carrigan titled, “Gender-based indicators for femicide: Understanding their utility in

Dawson examines impact of gender in courts at 3rd Addressing Filicide conference in Italy

Centre Director Myrna Dawson presented preliminary findings today in Italy from research she conducted with Danielle Tyson, Susan Zielin, and Anna Johnson

Dawson and Jaffe keynote speakers at Italy conference on filicide

CSSLRV Director Myrna Dawson delivered a keynote today with collaborator, Dr. Peter Jaffe, Western University, entitled, “Paternal Filicide & Domestic

Dawson serves as external examiner for Sweden PhD defence

Centre Director, Dr. Myrna Dawson, was in Stockholm, Sweden today to serve as an opponent or external examiner for the defence of Shilan Caman’s doctoral

Statistics Canada released a chapter of the Women in Canada publication entitled “Women and the Criminal Justice System”

Today, Statistics Canada released a chapter of the Women in Canada publication entitled “Women and the Criminal Justice System”. Co-authored by CSSLRV Research

Sutton compares femicide of older, younger women at Congress 2017

Danielle Sutton presented research this morning, co-authored with Myrna Dawson, on the femicide of older women in Ontario from 1974 to 2012 at the Annual