Recognizing Critical Expertise in Gender-Based Violence Work

This project focuses on intimate partner violence (IPV), a major dimension of gender-based violence (GBV). The overarching goal is to highlight the expertise of the Canadian GBV specialist sector. GBV specialists will form three Expert Working Groups that include those who work with women survivors, those who support children exposed to IPV, and the facilitators of IPV groups for men that harm their partners and children.   

Working with the GBV Expert Working Groups, we will identify a national set of core capacities that will be helpful to GBV organizations as they continue to design and implement sustainable and relevant training to strengthen collaborative community responses.  

The Expert Working Groups will review and synthesize knowledge on key GBV capacities from a range of sources that will reinforce and build on the foundational work done by community-based organizations in different regions of Canada. A consensus building process will be used to reduce the number of identified capacities to a core set of GBV skills and knowledge. Consideration will be given to how these capacities are demonstrated in practice. GBV specialist groups will work both independently and together and will be engaged in the creation and distribution of knowledge from the outset of the project through to completion. 

GBV Expert Working Groups

Expert Working Groups   

This project is guided by three expert working groups comprised of:

  • specialists who work with women survivors of intimate partner violence View Group
  • specialists who work with men who harm their partners and children View Group
  • specialists who work with children exposed to intimate partner violence View Group


Each working group is comprised of representatives from all regions of Canada. 

Research Team

Principal Investigators:

Angelique Jenney, MSW, PhD, RSW 

angelique jenney photo Dr. Angelique Jenney, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, and the Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health at the University of Calgary. Wood’s Homes is a multi- service, non-profit children’s mental health centre based in Calgary. The Wood’s Homes Research Chair was established in order to build a knowledge base that will improve mental health in children and youth and to bridge community-based practice with academia. Dr. Jenney has over 25 years of experience in intervention and prevention services within the children’s mental health, child protection and violence against women sectors. Dr. Jenney’s research and program development has been devoted to understanding and responding to the impact of exposure to violence/trauma on children; including family-based interventions for childhood trauma; child protection responses to intimate partner violence cases; the experience of mothering in the context of violence/trauma; the role of childhood exposure to violence on children in out of home care environments and reflective approaches to teaching and training social work students. She regularly promotes knowledge translation and exchange through relevant publications, speaking engagements, community-based workshops, and conference presentations.  

Katreena Scott 

katreena scott photo Katreena Scott is a Psychologist, Professor and incoming Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Western University. She held the  Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention  between 2008 and 2018. Dr. Scott leads an applied research program aimed at ending violence in family relationships, with specific expertise on addressing violence perpetration in men. The  Caring Dads program that she developed is offered in in many sites across North American and Europe. She is a contributor to international networks including the DV@Work Network and the Safer Families Centre of Excellence. 

Linda Baker

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Dr. Linda Baker is a Psychologist, Adjunct Professor, and the Learning Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children in the Faculty of Education at Western University.  She is proud to lead the Learning Network and the Knowledge Hub. The Learning Network translates knowledge on the continuum of gender-based violence and the Knowledge Hub facilitates a trauma- and violence-informed community of practice with Canadian researchers and practitioners conducting innovative intervention research. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health and justice system, working with and learning from children, youth, and families dealing with experiences of violence and trauma. Her direct service experience inspires and informs her research and commitment to knowledge translation through resource development and publications, knowledge exchange activities, and workshop presentations.    

Peter Jaffe

peter jaffe photo Dr. Peter Jaffe is a psychologist, Professor, and the Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children in the Faculty of Education at Western University.  He has co-authored eleven books, 40 chapters and over 80 articles related to domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on children, homicide prevention and the role of the criminal and family justice systems. For the past 30 years, he has presented workshops across the United States and Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica and Europe to various groups including judges, lawyers, health, mental health professionals and educators. Since 1999, he has been on faculty for the National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges in the US for judicial education programs entitled “Enhancing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases”. He was a founding member of Ontario's Chief Coroner’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. He has also been instrumental in developing violence prevention programs for schools. Together with David Wolfe, Claire Crooks and Ray Hughes, he helped in the development of “The Fourth R: Skills for Youth Relationships”, a school-based curriculum targeting multiple forms of violence, including bullying, dating violence and peer violence. The curriculum is being used in over 5,000 schools in Canada and the US. 

Research Assistants:

Jenna Lopez

jenna lopez photo Jenna Lopez is a Research Assistant at CREVAWC whose work on this project has focused on the provision of services to men who harm their intimate partners and children. Jenna has a BA in Psychology, an MA in Applied Social Psychology, and is currently a student in the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor and Advocate (AWCCA) program at George Brown College. Previously, Jenna conducted and published qualitative research within the Education Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Jenna’s current research interests include applying an intersectional feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive analysis to issues related to gender-based violence.

Karia Jones

karia jones photo Karia Jones (she, her) is a Register Social Worker currently doing transformative work as a project coordinator at WomenatthecentrE. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Ryerson University, where her research focused on ‘the impacts of violence and trauma on the mental health of Black Canadians’. She works with women, men, children, youth, those experiencing homelessness, and various marginalized populations. Her work includes community development, counselling, policy analysis, and advocacy work in the areas of gender-based violence, education, mental health and addictions, and homelessness. She enjoys spending time with her bundle of joy, mr. bubbie, and watching endless tv shows.

Nicole Pietsch

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Nicole Pietsch has worked with immigrant and refugee women experiencing domestic violence, marginalized populations of youth, and adult and youth survivors of sexual assault since 1998. She was the coordinator of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) for over ten years, and is currently OCRCC’s Writer & Advocate. Prior to this, Nicole worked as a counsellor and crisis line worker at the Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton (SAVIS), providing group, individual and crisis sessions to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Nicole evaluated Working Together for A Stronger Sexual Violence Response and A Stronger Renfrew County project (a project of the Women and Gender Equality’s “Preventing or responding to sexual violence against women and girls through access to community services” priority). Her successful work in this area supported WSAC Renfrew County in achieving subsequent funding for continued anti-violence work in a rural community. Nicole was the Gender Specialist in the Preventing and Reducing the Trafficking of Women and Girls through Community Planning in York Region Project, and is Evaluator of later project work on human trafficking in York region. In 2014, Nicole led a local needs assessment/consultation with youth as Researcher /Coordinator in the Online and Okay Project: Identifying Solutions for Addressing the Problem of Digital Sexual Violence Project, funded by Women’s College Institute’s Women’s Xchange; and co-led community consultations with diverse and LGBTQ youth in collaboration with Planned Parenthood Toronto’s strategic planning process.

Nicole’s interests include sexual violence, gender-based and anti-racist analysis; and intersectional analyses of motherhood, adoption and birthmothers. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, University of Toronto’s Women’s Health and Urban Life, Canadian Woman Studies, Reena Virk (by Canadian Scholars Press) and This is What A Feminist Slut Looks Like (Demeter Press).


Nina Frampton

nina frampton photo Nina Frampton holds bachelor’s degrees in both Engineering and Psychology (Hons) and currently works as a Research Coordinator in children's mental health and domestic violence research at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. Nina has previously conducted and published research on adverse childhood experiences and depression and was awarded two NSERC USRA grants for research on language development in children.


Olivia Cullen

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Olivia is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and is a recipient of the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship. Her research is focused on using collaborative and participatory methods to explore how youth understand risk and safety in online relationships. Other research focuses include participatory research to explore Indigenous youths’ sexual health and wellbeing needs to support programming in this area, and service providers knowledge and capacity to work in the area of child sexual abuse imagery and exploitation online. Olivia has worked primarily with children and youth in frontline and clinical positions in mental health and social services and completed her MSW at the University of Calgary.

Project Coordinator:

Anna-Lee Straatman

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Anna-Lee is a Project Coordinator at CREVAWC. She coordinates the activities of this project as well as those of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations and the Knowledge Hub. She has conducted interviews with hundreds of survivors of intimate partner violence and abuse experienced in residential schools by teachers, and clergy. She holds a Masters degree in Library and Information Science.  She has developed and conducted training for Victim Service agencies in southwestern Ontario.  She is co-editor of a book with Katreena Scott and Peter Jaffe – Preventing domestic homicides: Lessons learned from tragedies.  In her spare time, she enjoys working on the farm and doting on her grandchildren.

Project Resources

Core Compentencies Resources