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  • The connection between professional sporting events, holidays and domestic violence in Calgary, Alberta 

    Boutilier, Sophia; Jadidzadeh, Ali; Esina, Elena; Wells, Lana; Kneebone, Ron (The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, https://www.policyschool.ca/, Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2017-06)
    There are some days in Calgary, Alberta when domestic violence is more likely to happen than other days. There is a statistically significant connection between higher rates of domestic violence and certain Calgary ...
  • Estimating costs and benefits associated with evidence-based violence prevention: Four case studies based on the Fourth R program 

    Crooks, Claire V.; Zwicker, Jennifer; Wells, Lana; Hughes, Ray; Langlois, Amanda; Emery, J.C. Herb (The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, https://www.policyschool.ca/, Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2017-05)
    Teen violence in dating and peer relationships has huge costs to society in numerous areas including health care, social services, the workforce and the justice system. Physical, psychological, and sexual abuse have ...
  • Developing domestic violence primary prevention capacity through a community of practice project: Learnings from Alberta, Canada 

    Claussen, Caroline; Wells, Lana; Aspenlieder, Laura; Boutilier, Sophia (Cogent Medicine, http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/oamd20/current, Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2017-05-23)
    Domestic violence practitioners and community organizations often lack the capacity to engage in primary prevention activities. In part, this limited capacity exacerbates the gap between evidence-based research and ...
  • Understanding the environment: Domestic violence and prevention in urban Aboriginal communities 

    Goulet, Sharon; Lorenzetti, Liza; Walsh, Christine A; Wells, Lana; Claussen, Caroline (The First Peoples Child & Family Review, http://journals.sfu.ca/fpcfr/index.php/FPCFR/article/view/292, Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2016)
    Aboriginal women in Canada are at significantly higher risk for spousal violence and spousal homicide than non-Aboriginal women. Although the majority of Aboriginal people in Canada live in urban settings, there is a dearth ...
  • A Case and Recommendations for Building Punjabi Community Health Services in Calgary, Alberta 

    Abboud, Rida; Wells, Lana; Esina, Elena (http://preventdomesticviolence.ca, Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2014-06)
    A small steering committee of individuals (see Appendix 1) in Calgary is interested in exploring the feasibility of a community-service organization that would target South Asian communities. Coupled with interest from the ...
  • Research in the Calgary Aboriginal Community 

    Wells, Lana; Goulet, Sharon (Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2011-11)
    In light of the fact that Aboriginal women face a significantly higher risk of spousal violence and homicide than non-Aboriginal women, this study aimed to examine the risk and protective factors, definitions, and best ...
  • State of the Science Brief: Programmatic Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention and Risk Reduction in Post-Secondary Settings 

    Exner-Cortens, Deinera; Wells, Lana (Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2017-04)
    The authors of this paper and Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence believe that sexual assault is NEVER the victim’s fault. Further, we wish to emphasize that research on risk reduction should not be taken to imply ...
  • The role of community-based organizations in school-based violence prevention programming: An action research project 

    Claussen, Caroline; Wells, Lana; Exner-Cortens, Deinera; Abboud, Rida; Turner, Alina (Cogent Social Sciences, Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2016-09-28)
    Research suggests limited attention has been paid to the role played by non-profit community-based organizations in offering violence prevention programming within school settings. This action research project emerged from ...
  • A Context of Domestic Violence: Learnings for Prevention from the Calgary Filipino Community 

    Wells, Lana; Hurlock, Debb; Antonio, Marichu; Lantion, Vic; Abboud, Rida; Claussen, Caroline; Lorenzetti, Liza (International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2013)
    There is a lack of interpretive research in the domestic violence literature and, in particular, within an ethnocultural context. Interviews were held with four Filipina women in Calgary, Alberta who had previously been ...
  • Supporting Young Fathers as a Prevention Strategy for Stopping Intimate Partner Violence in the Next Generation: Research and Recommendations for the Louise Dean 

    Cooper, Merrill; Wells, Lana (Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2014-01)
    This report is situated within a broader research agenda designed to serve as a foundation for a comprehensive strategy to engage men and boys in violence prevention to reduce rates of domestic violence in Alberta. Positive ...

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