The Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence created Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence. Shift's goal is to significantly reduce and prevent domestic violence in Alberta. The name Shift represents the spirit of this innovative project designed to create transformational change using a primary prevention approach to stop first-time victimization and perpetration of domestic violence. In short, primary prevention means taking action to build resilience and prevent problems before they occur.

The purpose of Shift’s research is: to contribute to building a primary prevention framework in Alberta; and to enhance the capacity of policy makers, systems leaders, clinicians, service providers and the community at large, to significantly reduce the rates of domestic violence in Alberta. We are committed to making our research accessible and working collaboratively with a diverse range of stakeholders, to inform and influence current and future domestic violence prevention efforts, through the perspective of primary prevention.

Recent Submissions

  • The Case for Reparative and Transformative Justice Approaches to Sexual Violence in Canada: A Proposal to Pilot and Test New Approaches. 

    Boutilier, Sophia; Wells, Lana (Social Work, University of Calgary, 2018-12)
    The intention of writing this case and proposal is in response to the highly-visible #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that have provided an opportunity to think about processes for healing from sexual violence and social ...
  • Serving Calgary Men across the Prevention Continuum: Interview Results 

    Hansen, Brian; Wells, Lana (Social Work, Other, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, 2018-10)
    With the highly-visible movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp there has been increased attention on the role men can play in violence prevention. Locally, we heard from various leaders throughout the violence prevention ...
  • Perceptions of Gender Norms amongst Men and Boys 

    Esina, Elena; Wells, Lana; Caroline, Claussen; Nicole, Mallay (Social Work, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, University of Calgary, 2018-08-31)
    Research on gender norms has been at the forefront of efforts to achieve gender equity and equality. Increasing evidence suggests that inequitable gender norms negatively impact many men’s behaviours, their health and ...
  • Canadian Scan on Domestic Violence Prevention Policies at the Municipal Level 

    Wells, Lana; Esina, Elena (Social Work, Other, University of Calgary, 2018-10-09)
    The purpose of this project is to conduct a preliminary national scan of municipal websites to identify council adopted policies, plans, frameworks, strategies or initiatives that focus on preventing domestic violence ...
  • 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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 (, 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 ...

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