media release

FREDA to release domestic violence report Monday

December 05, 2011


Katherine Rossiter, FREDA Centre, SFU Criminology,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

A report prepared by Katherine Rossiter, associate director of Simon Fraser University’s FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, will be released on Monday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

The report reviews domestic violence prevention and reduction in British Columbia from 2000-2010.

In conjunction with the Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence Office of Applied Research at the JIBC, the report explains how key decisions pertaining to domestic violence legislation, policy, funding and services are closely linked to changes in government, and high-profile cases of domestic violence and domestic homicide - events that serve to open policy windows.

“[British Columbia] has shifted from a focus on women's equality toward the criminal justice response in these instances,” says Rossiter, a doctoral candidate in SFU’s School of Criminology. “The report serves as a foundation for research and a call to action, with a focus on primary prevention."

Domestic violence and homicide rates have remained stable over the past several years in Canada. Yet, the rate of family-related homicides in British Columbia, from 2000-2009, remained slightly above the national average, with women three times more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner.

The presentation of the ‘Rossiter Report’ will include guest speakers Tracy Porteous, the executive director of the Ending Violence Association of BC, as well as Nancy Poole, director, research and knowledge translation, for the BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.


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