Breaking the uncomfortable silence

The Research

Research Initiatives

Western’s interdisciplinary team of researchers are leading and supporting some of Canada’s most important research initiatives aimed at: preventing domestic homicide; educating employers on violence in the workplace; promoting healthy relationships in children and youth and preventing violence across the entire lifespan.

Learn more by exploring these important websites:

Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women & Children
The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children is committed to the development and application of knowledge for the prevention of violence against women and children through promoting innovation, collaboration and equality.

Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative
The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative (CDHPI) is a knowledge hub for this information to help inform promising practices in homicide prevention.

Make It Our Business
Make It Our Business provides information and education to help employers and other workplace stakeholders to meet their obligations under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.

VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance and Action) Project
With experts from the Preventing Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Research Network, and guided by a National Guidance and Implementation Committee of stakeholders from key Canadian organizations, the VEGA Project will develop pan-Canadian public health guidance, protocols, curricula and tools for health and social service providers.

Centre for School Mental Health
The Centre for School Mental Health addresses the need for improved school-based promotion, prevention and intervention services for children who may be at risk for, or who present with, mental health challenges. Our team of researchers, educators, students and administrators is focused on the mental health, well-being and relationship development of children from Kindergarten to grade 12.

Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion
The Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) is an interdisciplinary, collaborative initiative led jointly by the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University and the London InterCommunity Health Centre.

PreVAiL Research Network
Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan, is an international research collaboration of over 60 researchers and partners. PreVAiL’s goal is to bring together researchers and decision-maker partners to produce and share knowledge that will help children, women and men exposed to child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV).

Domestic Violence at Work
The primary goal of the Domestic Violence at Work Network is to accelerate the development of the emerging knowledge base on this issue. 

Voices Against Violence
Voices against Violence is a youth-centered participatory action research (YPAR) project using the arts to address structural violence in the lives of youth in Canada.



Meet the team

Helene Berman, Ph.d.

Distinguished University Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University
Academic Director, Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion

Helene Berman has conducted several national studies examining how girls and young women are socialized to expect violence, its effects on their health, and implications for policy makers and programmers. Her current research, using arts-based participatory approaches, extends that work to include boys and young men, and is based on the assumption that young people need to have a strong voice in solutions that affect them.



Claire Crooks, Ph.D.

Director, Centre for School Mental Health, Western University
Associate Professor
, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC), Western University.

Claire Crooks’ research involves the development and evaluation of the Fourth R, a relationship-based curriculum aimed at preventing violence and related risk behaviours in adolescents.



Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Ph.D.

Professor and Women's Health Research Chair in Rural Health, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University.

In her research, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe is developing and testing new ways of helping women experiencing partner violence to improve their safety, health and the quality of their lives. These include both online and in-person interventions are “personalized” to fit with women’s situations and what is most important to them.



Peter Jaffe, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC);
Professor, Faculty of Education.

Peter Jaffe is a respected expert in the field of domestic violence. He has co-authored 10 books, 29 chapters and over 80 articles relating to children, families and the justice system. He has been called as an expert witness in inquests into domestic violence and is a founding member of Canada's first Domestic Violence Death Review Committee.



Barb MacQuarrie

Community Director, Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC);
Adjunct Appointments
, Faculty of Education, Western University.

Barb MacQuarrie coordinated the first Canadian study on the impacts of domestic violence on the workplace. She is a recipient of the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour, recognizing individual excellence.



Nadine Wathen, ph.D.

Nadine Wathen is a family violence researcher. Motivated by principles of social justice, she works to find better ways to support women and children exposed to violence and to address the systemic and social structures that perpetuate violence.