The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) was founded in 1992 as a collaborative venture between The University of Western OntarioFanshawe College and the London Coordinating Committee to End Women Abuse (a large organization comprised of violence against women service providers). The Centre was established in response to a federal study on the problem of violence against women, triggered by the 1989 murder of 14 women at École Polytechnique in Montreal. 

CREVAWC joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario in 2001. 

Vision Statement 

The Centre is committed to the development and application of knowledge for the prevention of violence against women and children through promoting innovation, collaboration and equality.

Mission Statement 

We facilitate the collaboration of individuals, groups and institutions representing the diversity of the community to pursue research questions and training opportunities to understand and prevent violence and abuse.  We serve local, national and international communities by producing useful information and tools to assist in the daily work to prevent and stop violence towards women and children and vulnerable adults.

Research Priorities

The Centre initiates and seeks funding for projects relating to the following themes:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Violence and its impact on health and well being
  • Gender inequality and its interactions with:
    • Racism
    • Ableism
    • Homophobia
    • Classism
    • Ageism
    • or other forms of social exclusion

The Centre conducts research and education that is relevant to practice, policy development and legislative reform:

  • Families and intimate relationships
  • Justice systems
  • Educational systems
  • Health and mental health care systems
  • Social service systems
  • Workplaces
  • Communities and community institutions
  • Anti-violence agencies

Activities and Approaches include:


  • Participatory approaches
  • Diverse research methodologies, including qualitative and quantitative designs
  • Program development and evaluation
  • Identification of emerging issues and important debates
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration among community and academic researchers
  • Dissemination of research findings: locally, provincially, nationally, internationally


  • Public awareness
  • Professional development
  • Multidisciplinary curriculum development and implementation for undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs

Community Development:

  • To build capacity for the development and implementation of anti-violence initiatives
  • To support community-based programs
  • To promote promising practices