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.


August 28, 2020

Dawson & Carrigan identify femicide locally and globally

CSSLRV researchers Myrna Dawson and Michelle Carrigan released research this month in Current Sociology that explores the utility of numerous sex/gender-related motives and indicators (SGRMIs) for distinguishing femicide from other homicides. This

August 26, 2020

SSHRC funding awarded to examine representations of femicide in Canadian media  

A research project being led by CSSLRV Research Associate, Dr. Jordan Fairbairn, has received $191,096 from the SSHRC Insight program to examine media coverage of intimate femicide in Canada. Fairbairn, who is also an Assistant Professor of

July 13, 2020

Research examines police perspectives on challenges of keeping families safe from domestic violence

Research this month was published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, analyzing police perspectives toward their own response to intimate partner violence (IPV). Qualitative analyses showed many challenges police officers face in responding to

May 25, 2020

Carrigan & Dawson examine representations of femicide legislation in Latin America

Femicide, or feminicide as more commonly referred to in some world regions, has become a growing social concern for local, international organizations, and national governments leading to changes in legal and social response. This month, Carrigan

May 20, 2020

UNB-led research team will help develop police expertise in responding to intimate partner violence 

New research funding has been awarded by SSHRC to a team of researchers who will examine coercive control, risk assessment and intimate partner violence. Dr. Carmen Gill, a professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, and

January 03, 2020

Researchers examine prevalence, characteristics of same-sex IPV in Canada in largest peer review study of its kind

CSSLRV researchers Jessica Whitehead, Myrna Dawson and Tina Hotton released findings this month in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, examining the prevalence and characteristics of same-sex intimate partner violence in Canada. Their study