Self care – Beyond the hashtag

During the pandemic, the term ‘self care’ has been widely used on social media, with related hashtags and images in the millions. While the term has received increased attention in recent years, the concept of care of the self is not new and may date as far back as classical Greece, to Socratic thought. Self … Continue reading Self care – Beyond the hashtag

Purple

I met a friend onlineand she was done up all in purplefrom bespoke blouse to lipstick Why the palette girl November is family violence prevention month don't you know And what's the purple mean I guess something to do with bruises  But if there is no bruise? What's your point? What if you see nothing? … Continue reading Purple

How healthcare providers can support women coping with violence

This article looks at the role of healthcare providers in the provision of culturally safe, sensitive and compassionate support to patients who are living with family violence (FV) and/or intimate partner violence (IPV). This area is of interest and priority because physicians’ offices are key but underutilized loci for the potential screening and detection of … Continue reading How healthcare providers can support women coping with violence

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Canada (with some notes on Alberta)

The emerging evidence is that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender based violence (GBV; including family violence FV, which is intrinsically gendered) and adversely impacted anti-violence efforts worldwide (ACWS (Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters), 2020; Hankivsky & Kapilashrami, 2020; Peterman et al., 2020; UN Women, 2020; World Health Organization, 2020). The pandemic has disrupted funding … Continue reading The COVID-19 Pandemic and Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Canada (with some notes on Alberta)

Engaging boys and men in anti-violence efforts

There is a recognized need to mobilize boys and men as allies against gender violence (which presents in diverse forms, in family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault in and outside the family, homophobic and transphobic violence, and diverse forms of gender discrimination through the lifespan) (Barker et al and WHO; 2007).  In the time … Continue reading Engaging boys and men in anti-violence efforts

Access to childcare and its relationship with prevention of violence against women

Introduction: Availability vs accessibility of childcare The provision of childcare is inseparable from the achievement of gender equity, as well as the issue of improved systemic capacity to foster women’s ability to rebuild their lives after the experience of violence.  Over the last decades, the need and demand for child care have grown steadily. Access … Continue reading Access to childcare and its relationship with prevention of violence against women