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Systemic Issues and Responses

Documents are posted for information purposes. While most of the publications on our list speak to the underlying principles of the Association, posting to this list does not necessarily indicate OAITH support for specific policies, initiatives or analysis/approach to violence against women contained in listed documents, except where OAITH has endorsed or created the publication.

Analysis of Public Policy on Violence against Women

Life Beyond Shelter: Toward Coordinated Public Policies for Women’s Safety and Violence Prevention. October 2009. YWCA Canada.

Shifting Public Policy Direction: Gender-Focused Versus Bi-Directional Intimate Partner Violence. Walter S. DeKeseredy and Molly Dragiewicz. (March 2009)

Shrinking Feminist Space:  Implications of the Shrinking Space for Feminist Anti-violence Advocacy. Mandy Bonisteel and Linda Green. Presented at the 2005 Canadian Social Welfare Policy Conference, Forging Social Futures, Fredericton, New Brunswick. (2005)

Choose to Change This: Women and children more at risk in province. (2004) (OAITH publication)

Doing So Much with So Little...Overview and Profile of French-Language Violence Against Women Services (1994-2004).  Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes. (2004)

Falling Through the Gender Gap: How Ontario government policy continues to fail abused women and their children. (1998) (OAITH publication)

Locked In Left Out: Impacts of the Progressive Conservative budget cuts and policy initiatives on abused women and their children in Ontario. (1996) (OAITH publication)

Violence Against Aboriginal Women

What Their Stories Tell Us: Sisters in Spirit 2010 Research Findings.  Findings from the Sisters in Spirit Research Initiative. Native Women's Association of Canada. 2011

Report Card: Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women 2007-2010. Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, Ontario Native Women's Association, the Independent First Nations, the Métis Nation of Ontario. (2010)

Strengthening the Circle to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women.  Report of Summit III to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women. Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, Ontario Native Women's Association, the Independent First Nations, the Métis Nation of Ontario. (2009)

Contemporary Issues Facing Aboriginal Women in Ontario.  Ontario Native Women's Association. (2009/10)

Culturally Relevant Gender Based Analysis A Policy Paper Prepared for The Second National Aboriginal Women’s Summit II Native Women’s Association of Canada Yellowknife, NT July 29 – 31, 2008.  Native Women's Association of Canada. (2008)

Strategic Framework to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women.   Ontario Native Women’s Association and the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. (2007)

Final Summary Report Of the Summit to End Violence Against Aboriginal Women.  Ontario Native Women's Association in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. (2007)

Report of the Ministerial Representative: Matrimonial Real Property Issues on Reserves.  Wendy Grant-John. Report of consultations and discussions between Department of Indians Affairs of Canada, the Native Women's Association of Canada and the Assembly of First Nations. (2007)

Addressing Funding Policy Issues: INAC-Funded Women’s Shelters. National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence. (2008)

Breaking Free: A Proposal for Change to Aboriginal Family Violence. Ontario Native Women's Association. (1989)

Poverty and Economic Security Issues

Strengthening Families for Ontario's Future: 2013 Report on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario.  Campaign 2000, February 2013.

Meeting the Poverty Reduction Target: Strong Leadership and Good Policy Required.  Fourth Annual Progress Report on Poverty Reduction in Ontario. 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction, December 2012.

The Real Cost of Cuts to the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit: A Health Equity Impact Assessment. Wellesley Institute and the Income Security Advocacy Centre. November 2012.

Ontario Falling Behind: Ontario’s Backslide into Widening Inequality, Growing Poverty and Cuts to Social Programs. Ontario Common Front, August 2012.

Ontario Falling Behind Factsheets. Ontario Common Front, August 2012

Measuring Child Poverty: United Nations Children's Fund. 2012.

OAITH Response to "Approaches to Reform: Discussion Paper 2," Commission on the Review of Social Assistance. March 2012

The Options Paper: What does it say and what does it mean?  Income Security Advocacy Centre. Feburary 2012. This paper summarizes and comments on content of Discussion Paper 2 from the Commission on the Review of Social Assistance in Ontario. The Discussion Paper and related documents are in our Related Government Documents section.

Poverty Reduction in an Age of Uncertainty: 2011 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Ontario. Campaign 2000 Ontario. Family Service Agency Toronto. Feburary 2012.

Building a Resilient Ontario: From Poverty Reduction to Economic Opportunity.  Report on Year Two of the Ontario Poverty Reduction Strategy.  From the 25 in 5 Network for Poverty Reduction. (November 2010)

Ontario's Growing Gap: The role of race and gender.  Sheila Block.  Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.  (June 2010)

Bearing the Brunt: How the 2008-2009 recession created poverty for Canadian families. (2010)

Women's Poverty and the Recession. Monica Townson. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. (September 2009)

Sick and Tired: The Compromised Health of Social Assistance Recipients and Working Poor in Ontario.  Community Social Planning and Research Council of Toronto, University of Toronto Social Assistance in the New Economy Project and the Wellesley Institute. (2009)

No Cherries Grow on Our Trees: A social policy research paper for the Take Action Project, a public policy initiative to address women's poverty and violence against women. (2008) (OAITH participated in the Take Action group that provided input to this document and has endorsed it.)

The Cost of Poverty: An Analysis of the Economic Cost of Poverty in Ontario.  Ontario Association of Food Banks. (2008)

Budget 2008:  What's in it for Women?  (2008) (OAITH document re: federal election.)

Ontario's Growing Gap: Time for Leadership.  Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. (2007)

The Rich and the Rest of Us: The Changing Face of Canada's Growing Gap. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. (2007)

The Global Gender Gap Report 2008:  World Economic Forum (2008)

Walking on Eggshells: Abused women's experiences of the Ontario welfare system. (April 2005) (OAITH participated on the community partners group for this research.)

Woman Abuse and Ontario Works in a Rural Community:  Rural women speak out about their experiences with Ontario Works. (2005)

Welfare Fraud: The Constitution of Social Assistance as Crime. Janet Mosher, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University and Joe Hermer, Division of Social Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough. (March 2005)

If Low-Income Women of Colour Counted in Toronto: Final report of the Action Research Project "Breaking Isolation, Getting Involved." Punam Khosla. (2003)

Justice and the Poor.  (2000)


I Built My House of Hope: Best Practices to Safely House Abused and Homeless Women. Report Prepared for the Homelessness Knowledge Development Program, Homeless Partnering Secretariat Human Resources and Social Development Canada. (2009)

Women, Rights and Housing in Canada: A Practice Guide. Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation in association with the Women’s Housing Equality Network. (2008)

Where's Home? 2008: Research report on availability and affordability of housing in Ontario prepared for the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association and the Co-operative Housing Federation of Canada, Ontario Region. (2009)

Communities Speak: A summary of the 2009 Provincial Housing Consultations. Housing Network of Ontario. (November 2009)

Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context, Miloon Kothari. Mission to Canada in 2007.  UN Human Rights Council. (2009)

National Housing Report Card 2008: Wellesley Institute (2008)

Right at Home: Report on the Consultation on Human Rights and Rental Housing in Ontario (2008)

Housing Discrimination Against Victims of Domestic Violence: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Research Highlight. (2006)

Survivor Activism

Jared Osidacz murder and inquest: Julie Craven, mother of 8-year-old Jared, murdered by his father, speaks about systemic failures  related to his death. (Video)

Survivor Voices: Welcoming women to make change; calling on services and policymakers to include survivors in their work. (2008) (OAITH publication)

Child Welfare

Children and Women First? Voices from the Front Lines of Domestic Violence on the Impact of Child Welfare Reporting.  (2006)

Should Childhood Exposure to Adult Domestic Violence be Defined as Child Maltreatment Under the Law?  (2004)

In the Best Interests of Children and Mothers: A proposed child welfare response to violence against women. (2003) (OAITH publication)

The Characteristics of Abused Women in the Caseload of a Child Protection Service.  (2003)

Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice.  (1999)  *Reproduced with Permission from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.


State of Immigrant and Refugee Women's Status in Canada 2012: A Joint Report.  Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), Ontario Council of Agencies Service Immigrants (OCASI), Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic (MTCSALC) and Colour of Poverty Campaign (COPC). March 2012.

Neighbours Friends and Families Disability Strategy: Voices of Women with Disabilities.  October, 2011.  Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, London Ontario.

Equality Rights

Regress Trumps Progress: Canadian women, feminism and the Harper government.  Sylvia Bashevkin in Perspective, July 2012.

No Action: No Progress. Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action Report on Canada's Progress in Implementing Priority Recommendations made by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2008. Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action. (2010)

Who Answers to Women? Gender and Accountability. Progress of the World's Women 2008/2009. UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women. (2009)

Equality Rights and the Charter:  Reconceptualizing State Accountability for Ending Domestic Violence.  (2006)

Canada's Commitment to Equality:  A Gender Analysis of the Last Ten Federal Budgets (1995-2004).  (2005)

Brief to the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel.  (1999)

Family Law

It Shouldn't Be This Hard: A gender-based analysis of family law, family court and violence against women. Luke's Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children. September, 2012.

OAITH Response to Law Commission of Ontario Interim Report on the reform of family law in Ontario. Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH), June 2012

Towards a More Efficient and Responsive Family Law System. Law Commission of Ontario. Interim Report on the reform of family law in Ontario. February 2012.

The Impacts of Recent Law Reforms on Abused Women Involved in the Family Court Process in Ontario: An Environmental Scan of Violence Against Women Service Providers. Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children in collaboration with Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. (November 2011)

Justice Done: Crafting Opportunity from Adversity. Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic Forum Final Report.  Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic. (October 2011)

Voices from a Broken Family Justice System: Sharing Consultations Results. Law Commission of Ontario. (September 2010)

Through the Looking Glass: the experiences of unrepresented abused women in family court. Pamela Cross.  Luke's Place. (March 2008)

Study on the Experiences of Abused Women in the Family Courts in Eight Regions in Ontario. Research Report Molly Dragiewicz and Wlater DeKerseredy.  Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children. (2008)

Family Action Court Team (F.A.C.T.) Court Watch Project 2008: Background Paper. Woman Abuse Council of Toronto. (2008)

Getting a Foot in the Door:  Women, Civil Legal Aid and Access to Justice.  (2003)

Family Mediation in Canada:  Implications for Women’s Equality.  (1998)

Criminal Law

Specialized Domestic Violence Courts: Do They Make Women Safer? Community Report Phase 1. Holly Johnson and Jennifer Fraser, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa. October 2011

Women Charged with Domestic Violence in Toronto: The Unintended Consequences of Mandatory Charge Policies. The Woman Abuse Council of Toronto. (2005)

Making Social Change: Reflections on Individual and Institutional Advocacy with Women Arrested for Domestic Violence. By Martha McMahon and Ellen Pence. Violence Against Women, Vol 9, No. 1. (January 2003)

The Cost of 'Lost' Intimacy:  The Effect of Relationship State on Criminal Justice Decision Making.  (2003)

Stop Excusing Violence Against Women: position paper on the defence of provocation. National Association of Women and the Law. (April 2000)

Pay Equity

A Framework for Action on Pay Equity in Ontario. Equal Pay Coalition. (November 2008)

Putting fairness back into women’s pay: The case for pay equity in Ontario. Mary Cornish.  Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. (March 2008)

Global Action on Violence Against Women

I Had to Run Away: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls for "Moral Crimes" in Afghanistan. Human Rights Watch Report. March 2012.

Global Data Count 2011: Global Network of Women's Shelters. Produced by the Alberta Council of Shelters. March 2012.

15 years of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences.   UN Special Rapporteur on VAW, its Causes and Consequences. (2010)

In-depth study on all forms of violence against women: Report of the United Nations Secretary-General.  (July 2006)

UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women. (February 1994)

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