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2011

Helping a Child be a Witness in Court

Helping a Child be a Witness in Court: 101 Things to Know, Say and Do
by Alison Cunningham & Lynda Stevens
Across this large and diverse county, a variety of people support children and teens as they wait for the resolution of a criminal case and perhaps when they are called to testify in court. In most urban areas, court-based victim services assist crime victims to understand and play a role in criminal prosecutions. Where no court-based victim service is available, as in some remote or rural areas, pre-court support can be provided by police officers, school teachers, counsellors, child protection workers, shelter staff, or maybe parents. This guide is a convenient overview of essential information needed to support a testifying child. It could also be a training tool for people entering the victim-support field or for victim-support workers who have historically worked with adults. The Centre is grateful for funding from the Department of Justice to support the development and distribution of this resource across Canada. 2011, 55 p.

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PDF; hard copy; en français (Pour aider un enfant témoin)

2009

The Journey to Justice

The Journey to Justice: A Guide to Thinking, Talking and Working as a Team for Young Victims of Crime in Canada's North
by Alison Cunningham
This 90-page guide is a follow-up to the "Full and Candid Account" series from 2007. It takes the principles of helping children and teenagers testify in court and adapts them for use in Canada's three territories: Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Taking into account contextual features of northern justice -- including circuit-court parties travelling to far-flung and isolated communities -- the material is designed for judges, justices of the peace, prosecutors, police, witness coordinators, victim service workers, shelter staff and educators. Sections also address the needs of witnesses with diagnosed or suspected fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Funding from the Department of Justice in Ottawa is gratefully acknowledged. 2009, 90 p.

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PDF; hard copy; en français (Cheminer vers la justice)

2008

Helping an Abused Woman

Helping an Abused Woman: 101 Things to Know, Say and Do
by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham
This is the first "Helping Hands" Guide on Skill Building and Tools for Helpers and Healers. Of relevance to anyone who works with women any where, the topics addressed give the reader insight into how abuse affects women and gives them concrete ideas to apply in their work including worksheets and other handouts to can photocopy for use in group interventions or one-on-one work with women. You'll find 10 assumptions about abuse of women in intimate relationships, the reasons all helping professionals should understand abuse dynamics, 10 principles informing work with an abused woman, the 5 paradoxes of abuse, 10 features of listening to abuse disclosures, 10 common control tactics used by abusive men, 10 points about rationalizations for abuse and the messages they send, 5 common characteristics of controling men, 10 points about coping with abuse, 10 thoughts and feelings blocking emotional leaving, and 10 promises not to make to women. There are 14 handouts you can photocopy to use with women one-on-one or in a group intervention. 2008, 80 p.

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Helping Abused Women in Shelters

Helping Abused Women in Shelters: 101 Things to Know, Say and Do
by Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker
This is the second "Helping Hands" Guide on Skill Building and Tools for Helpers and Healers. Helping women in a residential program such as a woman's shelter, refuge or transition house is a unique opportunity to provide intensive support at a time of crisis and transition. Building on the material in Helping an Abused Woman: 101 Things to Know, Say and Do, this guide is written specifically for those who work and volunteer in women's shelters, refuges, transition houses, safe houses and second-stage housing, grounded in an understanding of the unique context and the needs expressed by women. You'll find concrete "tool box ideas" for interventions with women, worksheets and handouts, reference to the latest research, ideas for discussing controversial issues as a staff team, and also 13 handouts to supplement your one-on-one or group work with women. 2008, 70 p.

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PDF; Hard copy, sold as 2-volume set with Helping an Abused Woman ($45.00)

2007

Information on Violence Against Women and the law in Ontario

Family Safety, Family Harmony

This is an initiative of the Muslim Family Safety Project and the London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse undertaken with funding from the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat of the Ministry of the Attorney General. This pamphlet is designed for newcomer families of the Muslim faith, highlighting how Canadian and Ontario laws on violence against women and the Islamic teachings are in harmony. A statement by two London Imams describes the Islamic perspective on domestic violence and key aspects of the family and criminal law response to woman abuse are described. They include the mandatory charging policy and the concept of PAR Program. Readers are directed to other pertinent sources of information including resources on woman abuse and immigration implications. The pamphlets are available in seven languages. 2007, 2 p.

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PDF (English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Somali, Bosnian and Urdu)

"A Full and Candid Account": Using Special Accommodations and Testimonial Aids to Faciliate the Testimony of Children

by Alison Cunningham & Pamela Hurley

These seven concise handbooks help prosecutors, victim-support workers, judges and others understand and meet the needs of children who testify in court. The goal of these efforts is to help the witness provide complete and accurate evidence. Topics covered are: overview of issues related to child testimony, testifying outside the courtroom (e.g., via CCTV), witness screens, video-recorded evidence, designated support person, hearsay evidence and children, and children and teenagers who testify in domestic violence cases. This is an initiative of the Child Witness Project undertaken with funding from the Department of Justice Canada. 2007, set of seven.

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PDF; hard copy ($20.00 for the set of seven); en français ( Un récit complet et franc )

How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow

Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow
by Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker
A resource developed with funding from the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence in Ottawa, a division of the Public Health Agency of Canada. It is an update and expansion of our popular Learning to Listen, Learning to Help: Understanding Woman Abuse and its Effects on Children from 2005. We combined the most popular information from our most popular resources, included some new material, and added reference to the newest sources of information and updated statistics. 2007, 42 p.

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PDF; Hard copy ($30.00); 2005en français (« Petits yeux, petites oreilles »).

Woman Abuse Affects our Children: An Educator's Guide

Woman Abuse Affects our Children: An Educator's Guide

by Linda Baker & Peter Jaffe

This Educator's Guide and its companion Facilitator's Manual were developed by an Expert Panel formed as part of the Ontario government's Domestic Violence Action Plan. The English-language Expert Panel developed these training materials to better support women and their children, and reduce abuse. The Panel included representatives from provincial elementary teacher organizations, principal councils, school and Native guidance associations, Ontario faculties of education, community groups supporting immigrant and refugee women, and organizations from the violence prevention field. 2007, 52 p.

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PDF only. Hard copies may be ordered through the Government of Ontario.

2006

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Fact sheet

When Teens Hurt Teens: Helping the Victims of Youth-on-Youth Criminal Violence

The Teens Hurting Teens Study is a collaborative effort of the London Police Service and the Centre. The focus is on violent crime committed by youth against other youth. Data sources included 247 police reports from a three-year period before and after the proclamation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), all police occurrences for 2004, 105 case files from the Child Witness Project, and 17 young people (and their parents) who experienced or witnessed peer violence. An overview report describes key findings, from the decision by a young victim to report the crime through to sentencing in court. 2006, 30 p.


Four fact sheets outline observations and recommendations:

Implications for Police. 2006, 2 p.

Implications for Prosecutors. 2006, 2 p.

Implications for Child Witness Support Programs. 2006, 2 p.

Implications for Schools. 2006, 2 p.

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2005

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Discussion Guide for Communities Implementing Child Protection Mediation: The Community Checklist from the London Child Protection Mediation Project

by Alison Cunningham & Judy van Leeuwen

The London Child Protection Mediation Project was a collaborative initiative of the Centre and the Children's Aid Society of London & Middlesex, funded by Legal Aid Ontario, Department of Justice Canada, and Ontario's Ministry of Children & Youth Services. Our experience over three years is chronicled in a 210-page research report called Finding a Third Option. This Discussion Guide integrates those findings into a convenient checklist of key decisions, to aid communities as they plan the development of a child protection mediation service. 2005, 20 p.

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Finding a Third Option: The Experience of the London Child Protection Mediation Project

by Alison Cunningham & Judy vanLeeuwen

This report presents the results of a pilot project testing the feasibility of child protection mediation in London, Ontario, Canada. The promises and cautions of child protection mediation are outlined and 17 recommendations offered for implementation. Included is a feedback survey suitable for use with mediation participants. Be sure to check out the corollary Discussion Guide which integrates findings into a convenient checklist of key decisions, to aid communities as they plan the development of a child protection mediation service. 2005, 210 p.

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Learning to Listen, Learning to Help: Understanding Woman Abuse and its Effects on Children

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

A concise introduction to this important topic. Find information on the dynamics of woman abuse, the concept of power and control, facts and figures, how to support women and help them find appropriate resources, how children are affected by violence at home, how children cope, how to respond to child disclosure, standards of professional conduct, taking stock of your own attitudes, and suggestions for how you can make a difference to end violence. In one place, find relevant and up-to-date information with directions to easily accessible resources for further study. 2005, 34 p.

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PDF; Hard copy ($20.00); en français (Apprendre à écouter)

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Maltreatment and the Developing Brain: How Early Childhood Experience Shapes Child and Culture

by Bruce Perry, M.D.

An illustrated summary of the inaugural lecture in the Margaret Norrie McCain Lecture Series. Dr. Perry describes how traumatic features of a violent world -- noise, chaos, fear, isolation, deprivation, neglect – could alter the developing brain of fetuses, babies, and toddlers. Their brains adapt appropriately to toxic environments, but these adaptations are at odds with requirements for school and healthy social relationships. Children would be primed to survive their worlds, leaving them ill-prepared to achieve their full potentials in our world. 2005, 6 p.

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Professor's Resource Guide to Teaching About Woman Abuse and its Effects on Children

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

A teaching aid for the post-secondary educator planning a lecture or workshop on how woman abuse affects infants, children or teenagers. Background resource material covers important points to emphasize; teaching tips; preparation for questions you may hear from students; suggestions for further reading and topics of discussion; and suggestions for student handouts. Also covered are sources of official statistics, a quick overview of research, and a summary of how a child may think and feel about violence in his or her home. 2005. 34 p.

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PDF; Hard copy ($20.00); en français (Guide de ressources du professeur)

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Through a New Lens: Seeing Woman Abuse in the Life of a Young Child -- A Learning Module for Early Childhood Education Programs

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

The ECE professor gets all the material needed to plan a two-hour lecture -- or a full-day workshop. We outline learning objectives, recommended learning resources (all available on-line), suggested videos/DVDs, supplementary learning activities for students, case studies for discussion, a list of optional class handouts, some background statistics and research. Professors can explain why students need to learn about woman abuse, how children might be affected, and what signs of distress might be seen in the child care setting. They will be able to suggest strategies for the child care setting to support child adjustment and to respond to challenging behaviours. Special contingencies when families are in shelters are addressed. This document is available on our web site or on the New Lens CD. In the CD version, a test bank of multiple choice and short answer questions is included. 2005, 21 p.

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Through a New Lens / Seeing Woman Abuse in the Life of a Young Child: A Resource Package for Teachers of Early Childhood Education

by Linda Baker and Alison Cunningham

A bilingual CD with everything you need, as a professor of early childhood education, to prepare and deliver a lecture or lectures about woman abuse and its effects on infants and children, including PowerPoint slides and a test bank of multiple choice and short-answer questions. Also included on the CD are a learning module, a resource document with background material, and our Learning to Listen resource for students. 2005.

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Bilingual CD ($15.00); en français ( Nouvelle Perspective)

2004

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Conferencing for Youth: Increasing Understanding to Enhance Intervention

by Robert Owens, Alice Lewis, Linda Baker & Cindy Male

This booklet is part of the SIGMA series of applied essentials for the helping professions from the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System. You'll find everything you need to convene and facilitate a case conference or a restorative justice conference including knowing when to use which method, who is invited, steps for preparation and follow-up, and tips for facilitation. 2004, 17 p.

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A Handbook for Police Responding to Domestic Violence: Promoting Safer Communities by Integrating Research & Practice

This is a Canadian revision of our popular trainer’s manual for the U.S. Issues discussed from the police perspective include features of domestic violence crimes, understanding the impact on children and adolescents, promising practices, distinguishing features of domestic violence crimes, recognizing the presence of children at the scene, and issues related to dual arrest. 2004, 32 p.

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Helping Children Thrive: information for mothers who have left abusive relationships

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

Ten tips for parenting children exposed to domestic violence are presented along with a list of ways an abusive man can affect a woman as a mother. 2004. 2 p. [pamphlet]

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PDF; Hard copy ($1.00); en français (Pour aider les enfants)

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Helping Children Thrive / Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers: A Resource to Support Parenting

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

This resource is written for service providers assisting women who have survived woman abuse. Material addresses the needs of abused women as mothers, how abusive men parent, how abusive men affect family dynamics, effects of power and control tactics on mothers, the potential impact of woman abuse on children of different ages, and strategies used by young people to cope with violence in their homes. Guidance on parenting children who have lived with violence is also offered. Any of the 27 handouts can be distributed as an adjunct to individual or group interventions on woman abuse or on parenting. 2004, 76 p.

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PDF; Hard copy ($30.00); en français (Pour aider les enfants à mieux réussir)

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Protecting Children from Domestic Violence: Strategies for Community Intervention

edited by Peter Jaffe, Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham The 14 chapters in this book introduce the problem and address individual and group-level responses as well as system-level responses. Published by Guilford Press of New York City. 2004, 238 p.

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Book ($65.00)

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What About ME! Seeking to Understand the Child's View of Violence in the Family

by Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker

This study involved an exhaustive review of the literature on child exposure to domestic violence (almost 400 sources) integrated with extensive clinical experience to create a revolutionary new framework for understanding, studying and intervening with children who have lived with woman abuse. Case studies illustrate key points and child drawings bring to life the experience of violence through young eyes. 2004, 138 p.

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2003

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Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability

by Peter Jaffe, Nancy Lemon & Samantha Poisson

This book from Sage Publications brings together clinical and legal issues in the field to consider the prevalence of divorce and domestic violence as well as the relevance of domestic violence in custody disputes. Topics addressed include why domestic violence is relevant in child custody disputes, assessing safety and responsibility, changing legislation and legal practice, responses of the court system, and a framework for action by courts and communities. 2003, 194 p.

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Ethical Practice: Principles and Guidelines for Research with Vulnerable Individuals and Families

by Alison Cunningham

Most of our empirical research at the Centre is conducted with the co-operation of children or families who are vulnerable because of age, trauma history, emotional fragility, institutional status, or involvement with the legal system. For these reasons, the standard principles of ethical research practice must be augmented in our work. This document describes the ethical protocol applied here, including ethical study design, definition of a pool of potential subjects, contacting subjects, seeking their participation, safe handling of information collected, and dissemination of results. Also listed are the ten principles guiding research at the Centre. 2003, 8 p.

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Waiting for Mommy: Giving a Voice to the Hidden Victims of Imprisonment

by Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker

There may be no more vulnerable group of youngsters in our communities than children separated from a mother by prison bars. This exploratory study was undertaken with member agencies of the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario. We spoke with children, surveyed mothers during and after provincial prison stays, and reviewed the literature. Results are presented in a developmental framework that explains the differential impact of maternal incarceration from infancy to adolescence. Recommendations focus on creating viable alternatives to imprisonment, assisting women, and supporting children. 2003, 72 p.

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Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Handbook for the Juvenile Justice System to Enhance Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Youth from Violent Homes

by Linda Baker & Peter Jaffe

The fourth in a series of handbooks designed with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Youth in the juvenile justice system may be victims of violence, witnesses to violence, perpetrators of violence in the home, or involved in abusive relationships. A youth can be all four. Topics include signs a youth is having difficulty, responding to disclosures, abuse perpetrated by adolescents, guidelines for assessing risk and safety planning, promising practices, and a model group intervention. Developed in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Topics include signs a youth is having difficulty, responding to disclosures, abuse perpetrated by adolescents, guidelines for assessing risk and safety planning, promising practices, and a model group intervention. 2003, 30 p.

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2002

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Access Denied: The Barriers of Violence and Poverty for Abused Women and Their Children After Separation (Summary)

by Peter Jaffe, Michelle Zerwer & Samantha Poisson

A summary of the full study report. To provide a broader context, study findings and recommendations are juxtaposed with myths and facts. 2002, 16 p.

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Access Denied: The Barriers of Violence and Poverty for Abused Women and Their Children After Separation (Full Report)

by Peter Jaffe, Michelle Zerwer & Samantha Poisson

In this two-year study, 62 women related their experiences in the legal system and their efforts to find legal services and counselling after separation from an abusive partner. Ninety-five children were interviewed as well. Focus groups with women revealed that some found assistance, while others described a sense of re-victmization by legal, social service and mental health professionals who lacked an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. 2002, 59 p.

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Adolescent Depression & Suicide: Increasing Understanding to Enhance Intervention (SIGMA)

by Linda Baker, Lynda Ashbourne and Cindy Male

This booklet presents the indicators of depression, factors to consider when evaluating risk for suicide, approaches for supporting depressed adolescents, intervention strategies, and factors to consider when evaluating risk for suicide (e.g., intent, plan, method, behaviour, substance use, history, and trigger events). Included are testimonials from a 14-year old boy and the mother of an adolescent girl who experienced depression and suicidal ideation. 2002, 21 p.

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Adolescent Relationship Violence: Increasing Understanding to Enhance Intervention (SIGMA)

by Linda Baker, Anna-Lee Straatman & Cindy Male

Many teenage students report violence in their dating relationships, either as a victim or a perpetrator. Yet, the existence and impact of teen dating violence is often under-recognized and minimized both by young people and the adults who could offer support. This SIGMA booklet includes information on healthy and unhealthy adolescent relationships, the warning signs of teen dating violence, why it is difficult to leave an abusive relationship, and intervention strategies. 2002, 17 p.

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Ambiguous Loss in Adolescents: Increasing Understanding to Enhance Intervention (SIGMA)

by Lynda Ashbourne, Linda Baker & Cindy Male

Loss that is unresolved or occurs in confusing situations can create uncertainty for young people, compromising their abilities to work through and cope with those losses. The challenges and negative impacts of ambiguous loss can be intensified when losses accumulate, such as parental divorce, emigration/immigration, adoption, parental mental illness, pre-occupied parents, witnessing family violence, family illness, incest, or placement outside the family as in foster care or residential treatment facilities. This concise booklet includes information on the impacts of ambiguous loss, approaches for supporting young people, and intervention strategies. 2002, 16 p.

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Child Witnesses in Canada: Where We've Been, Where We're Going

by the Child Witness Project

A review of the legal reforms of the 1980s that opened the courtrooms of Canada to hearing the evidence of children. Topics covered include best practice approaches, a research agenda for child witnesses, a "bill of rights" for children who have to testify, and the results of a follow-up with former clients 12 years after they were referred. 2002, 23 p.

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: An Early Childhood Educator's Handbook to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe, Lynda Ashbourne & Janet Carter

This resource helps early childhood educators learn about the impact of domestic violence on young children, recognize signs of difficulty in children, and learn ways to offer support and information to parents. This resource was funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and developed in collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention Fund. 2002, 31 p.

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Children Exposed to Violence: A Handbook for Police Trainers to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe, Steven Berkowitz & Miriam Berkman

A training manual to assist police officers in the U.S. to understand and effectively respond to children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence at home. Frontline professionals aided the development of this resource which provides useful information on domestic violence, its impact on children at different developmental stages, and guidelines to assist police officers in responding to children where domestic violence is suspected or known. Features include case examples, "at-a-glance" information, community resources, answers to frequently asked questions and references. This resource was funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and developed in collaboration with the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at Yale University School of Medicine. 2002, 95 p.

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Teacher's Handbook to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe, Lynda Ashbourne & Janet Carter

Helps educators understand what might be seen in the classroom, teaching strategies, handling parent-attended events, and supporting students who disclose. An interactive CD-ROM is available for individual study, classroom use, or training workshops. A partnership with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Education Association, funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. 2002, 27 p.

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Cognitive Behavioural Approaches to Treating Children and Adolescents with Conduct Disorder

by Linda Baker & Karen Scarth

This book enables practitioners from a variety of disciplines and settings (i.e., residential, school, community-based treatment programs) to learn about cognitive behaviourism and its use in the treatment of conduct disorder with clients at different developmental stages. Specific intervention strategies are described and application steps are illustrated with actual case examples drawn from clinical experience. Challenges, frequently asked questions and barriers are addressed. Paper and pencil tools are included to facilitate the application of cognitive behavioural strategies with clients and their families. This resource was prepared for Children's Mental Health Ontario as part of their Evidence-based Practices Project. 2002, 140 p.

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One Step Forward: Lessons Learned from a Randomized Study of Multisystemic Therapy in Canada

by Alison Cunningham

A concise description of the methodology used in our multi-site evaluation of Multisystemic Therapy in Ontario. It describes 10 ways the wrong conclusions could have been made about MST with a less rigorous design. These points are illustrated using the follow-up data available in January, 2002. This document will be helpful for researchers conducting randomized field studies. Policy makers will benefit from understanding how research can be used to improve programming. 2002, 32 p.

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Peer-to-Peer Aggression in Residential Settings: Increasing Understanding to Enhance Intervention

by Linda Baker, Alison Cunningham & Cindy Male

Bullying in residential settings is serious and requires informed, pro-active intervention. Like the others in our popular SIGMA series, this booklet is a concise summary of the best research and lessons learned from practice. The target audience is front-line workers in residential settings for youth. Topics include impacts on victims, impact on perpetrators, and potential warning signs such as acting out to get relocated away from the aggressor. This is what you need to know to know to recognize and respond to bullying and aggression among youth, in group homes, mental health facilities, therapeutic care facilities, and custody or detention settings. 2002, 17 p.

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Seeking Effective Interventions for Serious Young Offenders: Interim Results of a Four-Year Randomized Study of Multisystemic Therapy in Ontario, Canada

by Alan Leschied & Alison Cunningham

A complete description of the MST project and all analyses on follow-up data available at September, 2001. Results are presented in the context of the ecology of implementation. Readers reviewing MST for potential adoption in their jurisdictions will find this report helpful in understanding the contingencies that arise when implementing this expensive and challenging intervention. Details of the methodology are also described. 2002, 184 p.

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Treating Child & Adolescent Depression: A Handbook for Children's Mental Health Practitioners

by Linda Baker & Lynda Ashbourne with Margaret Steele (consulting psychiatrist)

A manual prepared for Children's Mental Health Ontario as part of their Evidence-based Practices Project to promote the recognition and effective treatment of depression in children and adolescents. This user-friendly resource will enhance knowledge about depression and the promising intervention strategies now used to treat it. Child and youth counsellors and other professionals can use the strategies in residential and community-based settings. A helpful tool kit gives you checklists, treatment objectives, and worksheets to facilitate risk assessment for suicide, safety planning, and interventions to manage and reduce depression. 2002, 150 p.

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2001

 

Child Abuse in Community Institutions and Organizations Improving Public and Professional Understanding

by David Wolfe, Peter Jaffe, Jennifer Jetté & Samantha Poisson

Prepared for the Law Commission of Canada, this paper reviews the literature about child abuse in institutions such as residential schools, but also in organizations and social institutions that are not necessarily residential in nature. 2001, 27 p.

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Eyes Wide Open: Seeing How Violence Affects Us All. A Manual for Group Work with Teens

by Linda Baker, Cleopatra Camara, Irene Fairles, Pam Hurley, Melikie Joseph, Sue Malla & Robert Owens

Twelve "user-friendly" modules for group work with adolescents in the area of violence prevention. This manual is a valuable resource for teachers, child and youth counsellors and social service professionals working with adolescents in schools, community-based intervention programs, residential treatment settings and in custody facilities. The activities are interesting, informative and will increase awareness about: different forms and levels of violence in society, how violence affects us all, and our capacity to influence the settings in which we live, learn, work and play. 2001, 201 p.

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Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Trainer's Manual for Early Childhood Educators

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe & Kathy Moore

A comprehensive train-the-trainer package, including background explanatory material, warm-up exercises, overhead masters, suggested activities, answers to FAQs, and case studies for discussion. A companion handbook of 18 pages is also available for distribution to training participants. 2001, 110 p.

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PDF; Hard copy ($25.00); en français (Comprendre les effets)

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Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Early Childhood Educators

by Linda Baker, P.G. Jaffe & Kathy Moore

An short handbook for Early Childhood Education students. In one user-friendly source, ECE students learn the relevant information required to identify and assist children who have been exposed to adult domestic violence. Topics addressed include implications for the childcare setting, safety planning, reporting to the Children's Aid Society, and accessing community support. 2001, 18 p.

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2000

 

Adolescent Female Aggression: Proposal for a Research Agenda

by Alison Cunningham

A brief literature review followed by ten proposals for research projects to advance our understanding of the violent behaviour of girls. 2000, 17 p.

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Current Issues in Research, Intervention, Prevention, and Policy Development

edited by Robert Geffner, Peter Jaffe & Marlies Sudermann

This book with 20 chapters is a compilation of proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Children Exposed to Family Violence held in 1997. It is published by the Haworth Press and also appeared as vol. 3, no. 1 of the Journal of Aggression, & Trauma. 2000, 373 p.

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Creating a Legacy of Hope: Proceedings of the International Conference on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, October 1999

edited by Peter Jaffe, Mary Russell & Greta Smith

Produced by the B.C./Yukon Society of Transition Houses, the 23 chapters in this book cover a variety of topics presented at this Vancouver conference. 2000, 135 p.

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1999

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I'm Doing my Job in Court, Are You? Questions for the Criminal Justice System

by the Child Witness Network of Ontario

This study of 913 criminal cases from across Ontario was conducted by a consortium of agencies helping children and youth who testify in court. It provides a comprehensive insight into the experiences of children who testified in abuse cases. The impetus for the research was a shared concern that child victims continue to be re-traumatized in the criminal justice system. 1999, 103 p.

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1998

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Anger Awareness and Interpersonal Problem Solving: Group Modules & Video

by Linda Baker

Twelve ready-to-use and stand-alone modules for group interventions with adolescents. The emphasis is on attitudinal change and skill acquisition through fun, activity-based exercises that include: role playing, games and exercises based on scenarios from The Party video. This resource is ideal for prevention and rehabilitation programs for female and male youths, as well as parent education groups. 1998.

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Theory-derived Explanations for Male Violence Against Female Partners: Literature Review and Related Implications for Treatment and Evaluation

A literature review on male battering with special emphasis on studies released since 1994. Five types of theories are reviewed: biological/organic, psychopathology, family systems, social learning, and feminist. For each, the empirical support, limitations and implications for treatment are highlighted. Some evaluation strategies are discussed. An eight-page executive summary is included. 1998, 81 p.

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1997

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Effecting Change: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Working with Youths in Custody

by Linda Baker & Alan Leschied

An overview of the principles of cognitive-behavioral theory and its application, for staff working with youths whose anti-social behavior has brought them into custody facilities. This training manual and companion video is ideal for either individual study or group sessions. The authors highlight the intuitive and common-sense nature of the conceptual framework to overcome the barriers that can prevent an understanding of this approach. Emphasis is on how workers can incorporate tools into their existing skill bag, or how they can modify existing skills, for use in their day-to-day interactions with residents. 1997.

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1996

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After the Verdict: Information for Young Victims of Crime and their Families

by Alison Cunningham

From the point-of-view of the victim, this concise booklet explains in a user-friendly Q&A format all aspects of the legal system coming into play after a verdict in a Canadian criminal case, including appeals, child protection matters, custody and access of children, contact with the offender while in prison, release of the offender from prison, criminal injury compensation, civil suits and complaint mechanisms for each component of the system. 1996, 78 p.

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A.S.A.P.: A School-based Anti-Violence Prevention Program

A complete resource package to get you and your school system started on violence prevention, and to support system-wide implementation. A special focus is on violence in relationships. A.S.A.P. will help you: mobilize support from teachers, students, parents, trustees and administration for violence prevention initiatives; get started with small steps, such as awareness session for students and teachers; deal with disclosures; and develop a comprehensive plan, including policies and curriculum integration. Access video, theatre, and curriculum resources by grade level using an extensive list of resources. Includes 65 Friendly Lessons on Violence Prevention, a resource you can order separately. 1996.

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Hard copy only ($150.00)

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Working Together to End Domestic Violence

by Peter Jaffe, Nancy Lemon, Jack Sandler & David Wolfe

A book for those who work in the areas of domestic violence, child abuse or elder abuse. Topics covered include current facts and controversies, the causes of domestic violence, legal responses to domestic violence, delivering services to those affected, and coordination of an integrated community response. Resources available in both the United States and Canada are detailed in appendices. Also available from Mancorp Publishing Inc. of Tampa. 1996, 243 p.

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Book ($50.00)

1995

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Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women

edited by Einat Peled, Peter Jaffe, and Jeffrey Edleson

In this book from Sage Publications, the focus is on community responses to children who have been exposed to wife assault in their homes, including assessment and treatment, criminal justice interventions, the role of child protection agencies, and school programs. 1995, 306 p.

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Book ($50.00)

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Tipping the Balance to Tell the Secret: The Public Discovery of Child Sexual Abuse

by the Child Witness Project

A study of the cases of more than 500 child victims of sexual assaults and how their abuse came to light. A sub-sample of the children were interviewed about their disclosures. A scale is used as a metaphor to describe the decision-making processes children go through in deciding to “tell.” 1995, 201 p.

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PDF; Hard copy ($30.00)

1994

 

Victims of Crime and the Justice System in Ontario: An Issues Paper

by Alison Cunningham

This paper identifies pertinent victim-centred issues with respect to victims of crime in Ontario, with specific reference to the federal correctional and paroling agencies. The goal was to describe the broad concerns of crime victims, and those who work with crime victims, and translate those general concerns into specific recommendations viable for use in Ontario. 1994, 118 p.

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1993

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Changing the Landscape: Ending Violence ~ Achieving Equality

by the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women

The final report of a panel that travelled across Canada to hear the stories of women. Violence is defined using a feminist lens and the report includes a review of the prevalence of violence against women in Canada; the human, social and financial costs of violence against women; and the link between patriarchy and violence. Includes a National Action Plan. 1993, 426 p.

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Hard copy only ($32.00)

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Sixty-five Friendly Lessons on Violence Prevention: A Curricular Resource

by the Board of Education for the City of London

This curricular resource document for violence prevention was developed with practical, cross-curricular ideas for all teachers to use within the transition years (grades 7-9/10). Many of these ideas can also be altered and adapted for the formative or specialization years also. This document is only a starting point. Teachers are invited to personalize and incorporate these ideas into their existing programs or documents. 1993.

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Hard copy only ($10.00)

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Three Years After the Verdict

by the Child Witness Project

A follow-up study of 126 child victims of sexual assault about three years after they testified in court or saw their cases end with a guilty plea. 1993, 235 p.

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PDF only

1991

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Wife Assault as a Crime: The Perspectives of Victims and Police Officers on a Charging Policy in London, Ontario, from 1980-1990

by Peter Jaffe, Deborah Reitzel, Elaine Hastings & Gary Austin

The final results of a research project examining the impact of a mandatory charging policy in London, Ontario. 1991, 109 p.

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Hard copy only ($18.00)

1990

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Children of Battered Women

by Peter Jaffe, David Wolfe & Susan Wilson

This book from Sage Publications reviews the literature on the definition and scope of the problem, family violence and children’s development, understanding the impact of traumatic events in the lives of children, issues in assessment and intervention, and implications for related children’s services. 1990, 132 p.

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Book ($35.00)

 

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