Safety Planning, Retaliatory Male Partner Violence and Coercive Control: A Empirical Test of a Safety Paradox


What’s this project about?

Shelter staff work with shelter residents in creating safety plans for residents after leaving the shelter when the risk of experiencing male ex-partner is relatively high. The research project was designed to identify safety planning strategies that promoted the safety of ex-shelter residents by reducing the risk of retaliatory violence.

Who can be involved?

A sample of physically abused and coercively controlled female partners who sought safety from imminent harm by residing in a shelter where abusive male partners  could not contact them.

What will we do with our research findings?

Disseminate them to the Department of Justice, Ottawa; Status of Women Council; Women’s Shelters: Shelter Safe; The National Association of Shelters and Transition Houses and to researchers and practitioners (service providers) via Conferences, Journal Articles and the media. My appointment to an Advisory Group by Justice Canada provides an opportunity for including the research report in the Canada wide User Guide for family law practitioners.

What is the next step?

A field experimental research project funded by the Department of Justice to evaluate the contribution made by the User Guide to promoting the safety of physically and psychologically abuse wives/mothers participating in adversarial family court proceedings.

Want to know more about this project?

For more information, please contact Dr. Desmond Ellis: