Ending Gender-Based Violence, Print Edition
Harnessing Research for Social Change

Catherine Holtmann, Sue O'Donnell, and Linda Neilson    (Ed.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-55322-429-7 (2023)
306 pages, 410 g, 6 X 9, $61.25 (US$49.00)

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a major social and public health issue in Canada and around the globe. The concepts of gender, identity, culture, risk, and consent used in the analysis of GBV cases are socially constructed and constrained by the contextual social understandings of our time. GBV policy and intervention approaches, therefore, must address the complexities and nuance of GBV situations experienced by groups and individuals across ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, and class. This is why collaborative, action-oriented research has been the cornerstone of the Canadian response to gender-based violence.

Ending Gender-Based Violence: Harnessing Research for Social Change presents some of the most recent research findings on gender-based violence in three content areas: (1) foundational issues related to GBV research and methods of inquiry; (2) GBV interventions; and (3) perspectives on how systems and institutional structures influence GBV experiences, responses, and resolutions. Through showing the complexity, diversity, and context in understanding and responding to gender-based violence in Canada, the contributors advocate for the strengthening and coordination of collaborative efforts and the importance of considering and bringing together diverse perspectives.

Written from diverse disciplinary, methodological, and practice perspectives, this collection of multidisciplinary content is an invaluable resource for academic scholars, including students and researchers from various disciplines who are interested in GBV research and policy, decision makers seeking evidence to guide work related to gender-based violence, and professionals who provide services to people impacted by gender-based violence.


  • Analysis of how the social construction of gender roles informs consent to sexual activity or actions to address intimate partner violence
  • Exploration of how research methods can empower but also further harm survivors of GBV
  • The problematization of GBV research and interventions that are not culturally informed or reflective of diversity
  • Analysis of how the child’s best interests are ignored in child protection and family court processes that involve domestic or intimate partner violence

Table of Contents   top

Introduction (Catherine Holtmann and Sue O’Donnell)

I Foundational Issues
Chapter 1 Wanting or Consenting: Gender, Consent, and Sexual Violence (Sylvie Morin, Lise Savoie, Marie-Andrée Pelland, and Lyne Chantal)
Chapter 2 Using Participatory Verbatim Filmmaking with Youth to Address Gender-Based Cyberviolence (Matt Rogers with Lida Milchenko and Ashley Morehouse)
Chapter 3 A Relational Approach to Violence Research: A Feminist Study on Women’s Help-Seeking for Suicidality in the Wake of Intimate Partner Violence (Petrea Taylor)

II GBV Intervention
Chapter 4 Foundational Issues in Intimate Partner Violence Risk Assessment with Indigenous Populations (Olivia Peters)
Chapter 5 Cultural Considerations of Intimate Partner Violence Offender Treatment in Canada: An Exploratory Study (Mary Aspinall)
Chapter 6 Safety and Repair: A Three-Phase Approach for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence (Tod Augusta Scott)

III Systemic and Structural Perspectives
Chapter 7 The Othering of Muslim Minorities and Intimate Partner Violence: Implications for Service Provision (Misha Maitreyi and Catherine Holtmann)
Chapter 8 Parental Alienation Belief Versus Child Best Interests: Family Law in Crisis (Linda C. Neilson)
Chapter 9 Child Protection and Intimate Partner Violence: Is the Family Service Act in New Brunswick Out of Date? (Jenni Cammaert and Marilyn Dupré)
Chapter 10 Sexual Consent and Its Importance in New Brunswick’s School Curriculum (Lyne Chantal Boudreau, Lise Savoie, Marie-Andrée Pelland, and Sylvie Morin)

Concluding Comments (Linda C. Neilson)

Notes on Contributors

Instructor Resources   top

Related Resources   top

The websites of the research centres associated with the Alliance of Canadian Research Centres on Gender-Based Violence (https://alliancevaw.ca/centres/) offer invaluable resources for researchers and practitioners:

  • The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC): https://www.unb.ca/mmfc/
  • The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC): http://learningtoendabuse.ca/
  • The FREDA Centre for Research on Violence against Women and Children: http://fredacentre.com/
  • RESOLVE: Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse - Alberta: https://www.ucalgary.ca/resolve/
  • RESOLVE: Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse - Manitoba: https://www.umanitoba.ca/centres/resolve/index.html
  • RESOLVE: Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse - Saskatchewan: https://research-groups.usask.ca/resolve/
  • RAIV: Recherches Appliquées et Interdisciplinaires sur les Violences intimes, familiales et structurelles: https://www.raiv.ulaval.ca/en

About the Author   top

Catherine Holtmann, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department and Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC) at the University of New Brunswick, has expertise in the areas of religion and gender, immigrants, and family violence. She is the co-editor of Religion, Gender, and Family Violence: When Prayers Are Not Enough (2018) and a co-author of Religion and Intimate Partner Violence: Understanding the Challenges and Proposing Solutions (2018).

Sue O’Donnell, RN, MN, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, at the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Nursing, is broadly interested in violence, gender, and health. She is particularly interested in the intersection between gender and violence among men.

Linda C. Neilson, PhD, Professor Emerita and Research Fellow at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at the University of New Brunswick, is a non-practising lawyer and internationally recognized socio-legal scholar. Her career has been devoted to enhancing the well-being of families and children through judicial education, legal system analysis, and reform. Her fields include domestic and family violence, court systems, family law, conflict resolution, and sociology of law. Her work has influenced legal system policies and practices throughout Canada and beyond. Awards include two national awards in the conflict resolution field, faculty merit awards, University Research Scholar (2011–2013), and a national award for contributions to family violence research. She “retired” in 2016.