FREDA Centre

The FREDA (Feminist, Research, Education, Development and Action) Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children is one of five violence research centres (AFRCV) that were established in 1992 across Canada through a five year grant from Health Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Currently supported by Simon Fraser University (SFU), FREDA's mandate is to facilitate and conduct research on violence against women and children, in order to raise awareness and effect policy.

The Centre conducts qualitative collaborative research using a participatory action based approach. It works with community groups, frontline service providers, and policy-makers to produce research that is relevant and usable. Current research projects examine the issue of violence from a systemic (i.e. societal) and interpersonal perspective.

Research reports produced by FREDA include an analysis of the sexual exploitation and trafficking of young women; violence against marginalized girls; a parenting guide for single mothers of children who have witnessed violence; the links between violence and eating disorders; trends concerning violence against women; an analysis of the Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) Policy; and the implications of records disclosure legislation.

FREDA recently co-hosted a workshop with Battered Women's Support Services (BWSS) focusing on the barriers faced by immigrant women in accessing the Canadian legal system. Discussions are currently underway for a project examining the links between family law and criminal law in the area of domestic violence in collaboration with the other Alliance Centres.

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FREDA Centre
515 W. Hastings St. (SFU)
Vancouver B.C., V6B 5K3
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