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Violence Against Women in Canada

Research and Policy Perspectives

Holly Johnson and Myrna Dawson

Series: Themes in Canadian Sociology

Examining a wide range of theoretical perspectives, empirical research, and policy responses, Violence Against Women in Canada emphasizes connections among different forms of violence - connections that have too often been ignored or downplayed. Taking a gendered sociological approach, the text reveals how violence against women stems from unequal access to power and resources. While gender is the central focus, the authors also show how intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality serve to deepen inequalities for particular groups. Comprehensive and concise, this new text explores the evolution of methods to measure violence, the impact of these methods on the social framing of violence issues, the impact on victims, and current policy responses and their effectiveness.

Readership : Courses in sociology, women's studies, and criminology are targeted. Apart from upper-level courses in all three disciplines - said courses being identified as 'Women and Violence', 'Violence Against Women', and 'Violence and Society' - the book may also hold appeal as a supplementary text in broader (and larger enrolment) deviance courses where violence against women receives special attention.


  • "The first comprehensive review of research on violence against women to have been produced in Canada. It will be of interest to both researchers and students for its depth, scope, and readability."

    --Diane Crocker, Saint Mary's University

  • "The strength of the [book] lies in its overview of research from such varied directions. Its organization of that research into areas of concern and the complete review of both domestic violence and sexual assault is critical in this climate where sexual assault is rarely given air time."

    --Helen Eaton-Ramirez, Wilfrid Laurier University

1. Introduction
2. Theoretical Debates
3. Methods of Measuring Violence Against Women
4. Intimate Partner Violence
5. Sexual Assault
6. Femicide
7. Policy Outcomes and Impacts

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Professor Holly Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Her primary research interests include sexual violence and intimate partner violence. Holly was principal investigator of Statistics Canada's first national survey on violence against women and is currently a coordinator of the International Violence Against Women Survey. Holly continues to be involved in many national and international networks aimed at preventing violence against women and improving criminal justice and societal responses to these crimes.

Professor Myrna Dawson joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph in 2003. Widely published, her broad research interests include trends in and characteristics of lethal and non-lethal violence, with a particular focus on intimate partner violence as well as social and legal responses to violent victimization in Canadian society. Most recently she has established the Social and Legal Responses to Violence in Canada Research Unit at the University of Guelph.

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Special Features

  • Canadian. Drawing mainly on Canadian research and written by two well-known and -respected Canadian experts, this comprehensive text offers students an overview of violence against women in a Canadian context.
  • Wide-ranging issues. Provides extensive coverage, including sometimes overlooked issues relating to sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and femicide.
  • Multiple perspectives. Issues are analyzed from multiple perspectives and levels, including individual, psychological, and social factors to give students a broad understanding of various situations relating to the topic.
  • Concise. Offers in-depth yet succinct, focused coverage.
  • Detailed analysis. Theoretical explanations, empirical research, and an examination of legal and social policy responses offer students a comprehensive look at the issues pertaining to gender and violence in Canada.
  • 'Hearing the Voices of Women' boxes. First-person accounts of violence help students understand the material through real people and events.
  • Accessible. Writing style is clear and engaging even when presenting complex methodological details.
  • Theory and methods. Standalone chapters - 'Theoretical Debates' (Ch 2) and 'Methods of Measuring Violence Against Women' (Ch 3)-offer extensive treatment of both theoretical and practical concerns.
  • Historical introduction. A detailed discussion of the history of law reform initiatives and the evolution of gender neutral terminology (Ch 1) provides students with a solid foundation on the many issues surrounding women and violence.
  • Coverage of Aboriginal women's experience. Integrates analysis of the ongoing impact of colonization, exposing students to this important issue.
  • Outstanding pedagogy. Learning objectives, key terms bolded at first use, boxed features, chapter summaries, questions for critical thinking, suggestions for further reading, web links, and a glossary help students understand important concepts.