The Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) is conducting a research project to collect information on risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning for four populations identified as experiencing increased vulnerability for domestic homicide:
- Immigrants and refugees,
- Rural, remote, and northern populations,
- Children exposed to domestic violence.
The CDHPIVP conducted an online survey seeking the expertise of those working in the
- advocacy or social services
to individuals dealing with domestic violence as victims, perpetrators or children living with domestic/intimate partner violence to complete a brief, confidential online survey about their work, the groups they serve, and the tools they use. More than 1400 people completed the online survey. The survey was conducted between January 4, 2017 and May 31, 2017.
The second phase of this research project involves in-depth follow-up interviews with volunteers from the survey and other key informants. We will interview community-based service providers, legal professionals, and other key stakeholders who work in the risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning fields to gain understanding of potentially unique risk factors, barriers to effective risk management and safety planning, and strategies currently being used with these vulnerable groups and the communities in which they live. We plan to conduct approximately 200 interviews with equal representation across Canada.