VJN and Algonquin College Research Partnership – Phase I (2015)

VJN Research Partnership: Algonquin College

On December 9th, 2015, the Victim Justice Network announced their research partnership with Professor Benjamin Roebuck of the Victimology Department of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. The research project is titled Resilience and Victims of Violence: Understanding Strengths to Enhance Victim Assistance Training.

In the first phase of this research project, Algonquin College led and collaborated with the Victim Justice Network in completing a three-year mixed methods investigation on resilience and violence.

Funded by the College and Community Social Innovation Fund (CCSIF), Algonquin has received both quantitative and qualitative survey responses from survivors of violence across all Canadian provinces and territories. This research has explored how responses to violence may lead to various personal changes including post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth.

These findings will support the development of strength-based training modules for victim service providers and provide resources on resilience for the Victim Justice Network to disseminate through their website.