Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence Final Report

May 17, 2017

Intimate Partner Violence

Intimate partner violence is a serious social problem in the Prairie Provinces and Northwest Territories.These regions report the highest rates of shelter utilization in Canada and the highest rates of sexual assault and intimate partner homicide. Despite sustained research into intimate partner violence, little data is available about rural and northern communities' incidence of intimate partner violence. Numerous gaps have been identified, including the need for research conducted within a Canadian context, the unique experiences of specific populations of women, and the experience of women in rural and northern communities. As a result, resources that respond to this social problem are lacking and knowledge of how to improve community responses to intimate partner violence are poor. This research aims to answer:

  • What are the unique needs of victims of IPV living in rural and northern areas of these regions?
  • What are the gaps that exist in meeting these needs?
  • How do we create non-violent communities in these regions?

The report shares the findings from a study about intimate partner violence in the NWT that was conducted from 2011 to 2017. Findings from the study are integrated into a grounded theory called “Our Hands are Tied” and an action plan for the territory entitled “Moving Forward”. 

The final report, Hearing about the Realities of Intimate Partner Violence in the Northwest Territories from Frontline Service Providers, is available here.

The video below was produced by researchers and students at North Slave/Yellowknife Campus, Aurora College. It is a product of three days of workshops with students from a variety of programs about a recent study entitled “Rural and Northern Community Response to Intimate Partner Violence.” Key messages explicated from the research are highlighted and addressed in the video in a knowledge translation exercise to combat the normalization and desensitization of violence that is occurring in the NWT. Click here to watch the video.

For more information or to make comments, please contact: 

Dr. Pertice Moffitt, NWT Academic Lead, and Co-Investigator: 

Heather Fikowski, Co-Investigator:


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