Centre for the Prevention & Reduction of Violence

The Centre builds on the experiences of frontline practitioners supporting applied research that translates the knowledge gained through and embedded in practice into curriculum, programming, policy, and theory.


"This is a man’s problem": strategies for working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence
An examination of front-line practitioners’ experiences of working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. It provides information that front-line workers require to deliver effective, culturally appropriate services to Punjabi Sikh and other South Asian men are first generation Canadian immigrants and help break the cycle of intimate partner violence.
A tale of two clients: criminal justice system failings in addressing the needs of South Asian communities of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
South Asians are the largest immigrant group in Canada, yet criminal justice system interventions have failed to adequately address the needs of this population. The experiences of South Asian families in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, who become involved with the criminal justice system as a result of an incident of intimate partner violence, are described by front-line practitioners who deal with them in the days, weeks and months following the incident. These front-line workers argued that long court waits and long waits for counselling, coupled with South Asian cultural values around marriage and the tendency to reconcile after criminal justice system involvement, are creating additional stressors upon the victim. They envision changes that would make criminal justice system interventions more responsive to the needs of South Asian families.
Domestic violence prevention and reduction in British Columbia (2000-2010)
Reviews domestic violence prevention and reduction initiatives in British Columbia (BC), from 2000-2010, and more recently. The review was undertaken to support the work of the Violence Reduction Circle, a collaborative group of researchers, policy makers, clinicians, and service providers, hosted by the Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence at the Justice Institute of BC.
Jarnail and Pritam
This is the story of Jarnail and Pritam (fictionalized characters) who make new roles for themselves without turning to substances to cope. It is, however, still a story that is familiar to anyone who works with immigrant seniors. There is an increased awareness in BC of the needs of an aging population, and more specifically, the unique needs of senior ethnocultural populations. Awareness is a good start, but more attention and resources are needed to help immigrant seniors, so their stories will turn out as well as Jarnail and Pritam’s.
Working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence in British Columbia, Canada
This article outlines effective intervention strategies for probation officers working with South Asian men in British Columbia, Canada, who have assaulted their partners. It is part of a larger qualitative research study aimed at determining effective intervention strategies for frontline personnel that work with South Asian men, as well as deter- mining effective prevention strategies aimed at policy makers and members of South Asian communities. Seventeen in-depth interviews were conducted with South Asian frontline workers that included police officers, probation officers, counsellors, child protection workers and victim service workers. The audio-taped data was transcribed and analysed by identification of themes and subthemes. Probation officers need to respect their clients’ cultural values while still holding these men accountable for their behaviour. Interventions that address patriarchal attitudes, the stressors arising out of immigration/acculturation, influence of extended family, and substance abuse were identified as being key factors in changing behaviour.