Projet en vedette: Genre, Sexualité et (In)justice / Featured Project: Gender, Sexuality and (In)justice

Les dates limites pour postuler aux programmes de doctorat (10 janvier) et de maîtrise (15 janvier) offerts par le département de criminologie à l'Université d'Ottawa approchent rapidement. Dans le mois suivant, vous trouverez quelques-uns des nombreux exemples de projet de recherche conduits par les professeurs dans chacun de nos dix champs de recherche. L'édition d'aujourd'hui expose le projet de  Holly Johnson dans le champ de recherche «Genre, Sexualité et (in)justice».

The application deadlines for the doctoral (January 10) and master’s programs (January 15) offered by the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa are rapidly approaching.  Over the next month you will find a few of the many examples of research projects being led by professors in each of our ten research fields. Today’s edition showcases a project by Holly Johnson within the research field of “Gender, Sexuality and (in)justice”. 


Gender, Sexuality and (In)justice / Genre, sexualité et (in)justice

  • Victim's Perspectives of Criminal Justice Responses in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence (Holly Johnson)

In recent years, the Canadian criminal justice system has adopted one of the most aggressive interventionist responses to intimate partner violence. Pro-charging and pro-prosecution policies are widespread and many provinces and territories in Canada have implemented specialized domestic violence courts to respond to these cases. While some studies have examined the functioning of these courts, little is known about the effectiveness of the criminal justice response from the victim's perspective. The important question is: Does this aggressive response improve the safety of women and their children, and what are the effective elements? To answer that question, as a member of the advisory committee to the Chief of Ottawa Police to improve the police response to crimes of violence against women, Holly Johnson conducted a study that asked women who reported a crime of violence to the Ottawa police to describe their experiences with first responding officers and sexual assault investigators. She is also critically assessing pro-charging policies from the perspective of victims of partner violence, service providers and police.

Professor Holly Johnson is also involved in other research projects:

  • Pathways to and Prevention of Intimate Femicide.