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An Ontario Women's Health Council Career Award allowed University of Windsor Psychology Professor, Dr. Charlene Y. Senn, to establish a Health Research Centre for the Study of Violence Against Women. This Centre acts as an intellectual home for many researchers and trainees with interests that include the causes of violence against women, its prevention and the rehabilitation of its effects.
Specifically, the Centre provides

  • communication of research ideas and results,
  • an extended mentorship program, and
  • a source for research funding to help our junior researchers establish their own independent research studies related to women's health and violence against women.

The Centre uses the following broad definition of violence against women and children:

United Nations (23 February 1994)
“any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.” Included (but not limited to) is “physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry related violence, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation; physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring within the general community, including rape, sexual abuse, sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere; trafficking in women and forced prostitution; and physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the state, wherever it occurs.” (Resolution No. A/RES/48/104)

The Centre was begun in April 2005 and is still in its infancy. Please watch these pages for developments over the next three years.

Researchers affiliated with the Centre include professors and students in: