Ontario Funding New Research on Sexual Violence and Harassment
In September 2015, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services issued a Call for Applications under the Premier's Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan to obtain research on police responses to sexual violence and harassment.
This research is part of the government's commitment to raise awareness, prevent and better respond to sexual violence and harassment in Ontario.
The themes for the proposed research projects included:
- reporting, responses and support services
- preventative efforts
- investigative practices
- relationship between post-secondary educational institutions and the police
Based on the applications received, the ministry is awarding a total of nearly $375,000 to support the following projects:
|Researcher(s)||Amount||Topic||Partners and participants|
|Dr. Dale Spencer (lead), Carleton University; with Dr. Dale Ballucci, University of Western Ontario and Dr. Rose Ricciardelli, Memorial University of Newfoundland.||$42,000||Policing Sex Crimes in the New Digital World: ||Five municipal police services in cities across Ontario|
|Dr. Dawn Moore (lead), Carleton University; with Doris Buss, Diana Majury and Dr. George Rigakos, Carleton University and Dr. Rashmee Singh, University of Waterloo.||$236,220||Sexual Violence on Ontario University Campuses: ||Carleton University, University of Waterloo, Lakehead University and municipal police services.|
|Dr. Andrea Quinlan (lead), Trent University; with Dr. Curtis Fogel, Lakehead University (Orillia campus) and Sandra Smele, York University||$6,500||Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Responses to Reports of Sexual Assault Involving Victims/Survivors with Developmental Disabilities: ||Ontario Provincial Police|
|Dr. Tyler Frederick (lead), with Nawal Ammar, Dr. Olga Marques, Dr. Chris O'Connor, and Dr. Hannah Scott, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).||$15,048||A Mixed Method Study of the Sexual Victimization and Reporting Experiences of Students, Faculty, and Staff at a Diverse Commuter University in Ontario: |
|Dr. Tyler Frederick (lead), with Nawal Ammar, Dr. Olga Marques, Dr. Chris O'Connor, and Dr. Hannah Scott, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).||$25,116||A Collaboration with the Durham Regional Police Service to Study how Post-Secondary Institutions and Police Services Collaborate on Issues of Sexual Violence across Ontario with the Aim of Identifying Best Practices: ||Durham Regional Police Service|
|Dr. Ginette Lafreniere, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)||$49,850||Silence and Silos Project: Breaking Down Barriers and Enhancing University and Police Collaboration: ||Social Innovation Research Group, the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region, the Diversity and Equity Office at WLU and the Dean of Student's Office at WLU (Brantford).|