Alexandra Lysova

Associate Professor
School of Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Alexandra Lysova has studied intimate partner violence, including violence against women and children, for over 20 years in Russia and currently in Canada. Recently, she has focused on men's experiences of intimate partner violence, including victimization, help-seeking behavior, and issues involving children. She draws on the results of international focus groups, the Canadian General Social Survey on Victimization, and the Homicide Survey. Lysova has also been serving as a member of the Working Groups for Statistics Canada, focusing on gender-based violence and homicide. Her research has been supported by prestigious foundations, including the Fulbright Foundation (2003-2004), Alexander Humboldt Foundation (2006-2007), Carnegie Foundation (2009), and the Trudeau Foundation (2011-2015), as well as the U.S. Library of Congress (2003) and Max Planck Institute (2013, 2018). Lysova is the author or co-author of over 70 articles, book chapters, and books in Russian and English and has been the principal investigator on several major grants, focusing on partner violence victimization and spousal homicide. She regularly presents at international conferences and is often featured in the media. In 2022, Lysova was awarded the Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy.


Family violence; intimate partner violence; female victims and offenders; male victims of partner violence; spousal homicide; international studies of violence; family violence in Russia.


  • MA, C.Sc., D.Sc. (Russia)
  • PhD (Toronto)


Professor Lysova is accepting new MA and PhD students. Those with the research interests in family/intimate partner violence, women’s and men’s victimization and aggression, family violence in the Indigenous communities, spousal homicide, and domestic violence in Russia and internationally are particularly welcome to apply. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your potential research work, please do not hesitate to contact professor Lysova at


  • Lysova, A., Hanson, K., & Hines, D. A. (2023). “How can I be a victim when I have children?” Abused men’s perceptions of their children’s exposure to domestic violence. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. Online first.
  • Roebuck, B.S.,  McGlinchey, D., Lysova, A., Hastie, K., & Taylor. M. (2023). Similar but different: Intimate partner violence experienced by women and men. Journal of Family Violence. Published online on January 28, 2023, at
  • Lysova, A., Hanson, K., Dixon, L., Douglas, E., Hines, D. & Celi, E. (2022). Internal and external barriers to help seeking: Voices of men who experienced abuse in the intimate relationships. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 66(5), 538-559.
  • Hamel, J., Dutton, D., & Lysova, A. (2022).  Intimate partner homicides and the battered person syndrome. In B. Russell & J. Hamel (Eds.), Gender and domestic violence: Contemporary legal practice and intervention reforms. New York:  Oxford Press. Ch. 6. (pp. 129-164).
  • Lysova, A. & Dim, D. (2022). Severity of victimization and formal help seeking among men who experienced intimate partner violence in their ongoing relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37(3-4), 1404-1429.
  • Lysova, A. & Straus, M.A. (2021). Intimate partner violence: A test of cultural spillover theory. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36 (15-16), NP7942-NP7970.
  • Lysova, A. & Salas, J. (2020). Domestic homicide involving female perpetrators and male victims. In Peter Jaffe, Katreena Scott & Anna-Lee Straatman (Eds.) Preventing Domestic Homicides: Lessons Learned from Tragedies (p. 257-281). Academic Press
  • Lysova, A., Dim, E., & Dutton, D. (2019). Prevalence and consequences of intimate partner violence in Canada as measured by the national victimization survey. Partner Abuse, 10 (2), 199-221. DOI: 10.1891/1946-6560.10.2.199.
  • Lysova, A., & Shchitov, N. (2015). What is Russia’s real homicide rate? Statistical reconstruction and the ‘decivilizing process’. Theoretical Criminology19(2), 257-277.
  • Lysova, A.V. & Pridemore, W. A. (2010). Dramatic problems and weak policy. Trends in alcohol consumption, harms and policy: Russia 1990–2010. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 5(27), 425-447.
  • Lysova, A.V. & Hines, D.A. (2008). Binge drinking and violence against intimate partners in Russia. Aggressive Behaviour, 34, 416-427.
  • Lysova, A.V. & Douglas, E.M. (2008). Intimate partner violence among male and female Russian university students.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23 (11), 1579-1599.

For a complete list of publications, see Google Scholar and Research Gate

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Heterodox Academy Leadership Award - Given to Alexandra Lysova for her persistent efforts of protecting academic freedom at Simon Fraser University and across the academy (2023)
  • The Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy. SFU, Canada (2022)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Insight Development Grants (2022; 2019); SFU-SSHRC grants (2021; 2019; 2016); SSHRC Connection Grants (2022, 2020)
  • Trudeau Doctoral Award and Scholarship, University of Toronto (2011-2015)
  • Richard Ericson Award and Scholarship, University of Toronto (2014)
  • Barbara Frum Memorial Award in Canadian Studies, University of Toronto (2011)
  • Carnegie Research Fellowship Program, University of New Hampshire, USA (2009)
  • German Chancellor Fellowship Program, Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Germany (2006-2007)
  • Excellency in Research Award and Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2006)
  • Fulbright Program, New York University, USA (2003-2004)

Service Work and Professional Affiliations