This report provides an overview of domestic violence within gender and sexually diverse communities, with a focus on Alberta and Canada. Included are specific risk factors for gender and sexually diverse communities, as well as information about barriers to accessing safe and appropriate services. The report highlights areas for prevention, including promising practices aimed at decreasing rates of violence, promoting attitudinal and norms change, and providing safe, welcoming and appropriate domestic violence services. The findings from this report are currently being shared across Alberta with the objective of catalyzing a much-needed discussion about how discrimination, stigma and systemic barriers negatively impact the lives of gender and sexually diverse communities. Pam Krause, President and CEO of the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and Brian Hansen, Shift Research Associate have been leading a series of consultations across Alberta, sharing the research findings and trying to identify solutions at the local and policy levels. If you would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence gratefully acknowledges the Government of Alberta for contributing to the funding of this important research project. We would also like to thank two critical contributors that enhanced the research. Dr. Janice Ristock from the University of Manitoba who provided her expertise to ensure the research was comprehensive and Pam Krause, Executive Director of the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and a tireless advocate. Both of
their time and expertise is deeply appreciated. Shift would also like to acknowledge a group of people who helped in the research, including: Elena Esina, Dr. Jessica Ayala, Sue Jose, Beck Hood, Brian Hansen and Lindsay Ruddick. Elizabeth Dozois helped with the development of the descriptive model.