Violence and Interpersonal Aggression Special Interest Group

VIA aims to draw together academics, practitioners and policy makers who have an interest in all forms of violence in order to share and inform best practice and research. We currently have more than 20 members and I am hopeful that this membership will grow over the next few months. It is my hope that through active collaboration we can work together to reduce the impact and incidence of violence, and improve the lives of both direct and indirect victims of violence. Although based in the UK, many members of VIA have collaborations with international organisations and individuals and we view such relationships as vital to the future of the group.

Current research projects include (amongst others):

  • Strengths-based interventions for domestic violence perpetrators
  • Maternal alienation
  • Violence in same-sex relationships
  • Changing Attitudes towards dating Violence in Adolescents (CAVA)
  • Desistance from intimate partner violence
  • Adolescents’ understanding of bullying
  • Communication media-based relationship violence in adolescence
  • Life histories of domestic violence survivors
  • Development of a new measure of empathy
  • Parole board decision making

Website: www.coventry.ac.uk/via
Twitter: @VIA_Coventry
Contact: E.Bowen@coventry.ac.uk

Kuwait Center for Autism

Kuwait Center for Autism was established in 1994 by Dr. Samira Al-Saad, a mother of a girl with autism. The main mission of the center is to spread autism awareness and ensure an ccurate 'Educational Program' to children with autism (a lifelong disability) for improving their educational, societal and conceptional abilities taking into consideration the individual differences and in the meantime supporting their vocational talents and the possibilities of integration with society.

Contact: Dr. Samira Al-Saad

International Network on Youth Integration (INYI)

The INYI is an international network for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Activities of the Network includes: 1. An exchange of information about members’ and other’s publications; 2. Organization of Visiting Scholar/Post-doctoral exchanges between members’ institutions; 3. Collaboration on new proposals (with different members of the INYI taking the lead, depending upon source of funding and research focus); and 4. Collaboration on workshops and presentations at international conferences.

Contact: Nazilla Khanlou

Ben Gurion University, Israel
Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources Center (RADAR)
Spitzer Department of Social Work 

The Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources (RADAR) Center, Spitzer Department of Social Work, Ben Gurion University promotes education, training and research contributing to informed policy and prevention/treatment program decision-making.  The Center targets the needs of youth, young adults, women, immigrants, the elderly and others throughout the region including people in rural and remote areas. READ MORE...

Contact: Richard Isralowitz, Ph.D.
Email: Richard@bgu.ac.il

Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network

The Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) Network is a knowledge mobilization initiative that is funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada. The CYCC Network was created to identify and promote the use of existing research and best and promising practices among its Network Partners. The Network shares knowledge among a diverse community of Network Partners who work with children and youth in challenging contexts and mobilizes this knowledge through innovative events and activities. These include: the CYCC xChange webinars, a knowledge mobilization simulation in March 2013, knowledge mobilization grant competitions, and an international best practices video competition.

For a diagram of the Network’s knowledge mobilization model, see the website.

Contact: Lisa Lachance, Executive Director
Email: lisa.lachance@dal.ca

Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (CWRP)

The Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (CWRP) provides access to up-to-date research on Canadian child welfare programs and policies. The Portal is a partnership supported by the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF), the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at University of Toronto and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research.

Originally developed through the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare (CECW), the Portal continues to maintain links with the Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC), the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, the Groupe de recherche et d'action sur la victimisation des enfants (GRAVE-ARDEC), and other groups and organizations that collaborated with the CECW.

The Portal is designed to provide child welfare professionals, researchers, and the general public with a single point of access to Canadian child welfare research, i.e. research on abused and neglected children and on the programs and policies developed to support and protect these children and to support their families. The Portal includes a searchable data base of Canadian research publications, a data base of Canadian researchers, and information and statistics about provincial, territorial, aboriginal and national child welfare policies, legislation and programs.

Website: www.cwrp.ca

CIHR | Institute of Gender & Health

#CIHRTeamSV: Boys' and Men's Health

Our CIHR Team group has been looking to fill in the gaps in literature on youth health, looking into collegiate health and resilience, sexual minority youth, high school youth, child welfare-involved youth, street-involved youth with projects developing with youth who contact national helplines and youth who receive services in child and youth advocacy centres. We are focusing on intervention innovations in targeting adolescent dating violence, trauma symptomatology, and relationship/interpersonal resilience.

For Grant information, see: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/49638.html#a8
For Project information, see: https://www.researchgate.net/project/Understanding...
For Presentations, see: https://www.slideshare.net/search/slideshow...

Contact: Christine Wekerle, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, McMaster University
Email: chris.wekerle@gmail.com