Communities Resisting: Working to End Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

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Communities Resisting: Working to End Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

The study investigates the ways that resistance to and support for work against woman abuse have changed over time. I am seeking people who do anti-violence (domestic violence/woman abuse/intimate partner violence) work to interview about: -Your perceptions of resistance to and support for your work against woman abuse -How these have changed over time -Sources of resistance to your work -Sources of support for your work -Tactics that you are seeing used toharass you or undermine your work -The impact that this is having

The possible benefits of this study include empirical documentation of your concerns and issues affecting your work that may be useful for future collaboration between agencies, seeking funding opportunities or advocacy work. This study is important because advocates and service providers have been reporting new and harmful forms of resistance to their work, and it would be helpful to understand what these are and the impact they are having.

I am seeking service providers and advocates to interview because you have firsthand knowledge of the issues that you face in the course of your everyday work against violence.

Participation in this study is voluntary. It would involve an interview of approximately one hour either on the telephone or in person. You may decline to answer any questions you wish, and you may decide to end your participation in this study at any time. I would like to digitally record the interview in order to facilitate transcription. After the interview has been transcribed, I will send you a copy of the transcript in order for you to confirm its accuracy and to allow you to clarify remarks as you see fit. All information you provide will be kept completely confidential. Neither your name nor your organization's name will appear in any publication resulting from the study, however, quotations may be used with a pseudonym. Data collected during this study will be stored in a locked filing cabinet in my office and in my password protected computer. Your identifying information will be stored separately in a different locked filing cabinet and will be coded to protect your confidentiality. Only myself and my research assistant will have access to the interviews. I will delete all recordings following transcription and verification and delete all emails following completion of the study. Since I will protect your confidentiality, no one forwarding you this email or anyone else that you work with will know if you choose to participate in the study or not.

If you would like more information or are interested in participating in the study, please call me at 905 721 3111 x 2957 or email me at

I would like to assure you that this study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Research Ethics Board at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and has been assigned file number 06-055.

I look forward to hearing from you if you would be willing to be interviewed for the study. Thank you very much for your interest and assistance. Best,

Dr. Molly Dragiewicz Assistant Professor Faculty of Criminology, Justice, and Policy Studies University of Ontario Institute of Technology 905 721 3111 x2957