Safe Doors, Safe Homes for IPV Survivors

Title of Project: Safe Doors, Safe Homes: A Feasibility Study

My Role: Principal Investigator

Funding Source: Women’s Xchange 15K Challenge

Our team will complete the first ever, acceptability and feasibility study of the Safe Doors, Safe Homes intervention in Canada. This intervention was initially developed in the United Kingdom (UK) to support female survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) to remain in their home with structural safety measures to reduce the recurrence of IPV victimization. Following the principles of exploratory case study methodology, we will evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the Safe Doors, Safe Homes intervention from the perspective of female* survivors of IPV, health and social service providers delivering IPV services, and police officers specializing in IPV response. Given that important differences exist between the UK and Canada in relation to social, legal, and public health responses to IPV, results from this study will provide the prerequisite information about the potential barriers and facilitators of implementing the Safe Doors, Safe Homes intervention in the Canadian context, to inform future research regarding adaptations for successful and safe intervention delivery. This study has completed recruitment and data collection. Our team wishes to thank all of the survivors and providers who have shared their experiences and perspectives with us. We are now analyzing the data and will post an update again soon.

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* We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.