Research and Development

Peel Institute on Violence Prevention

The Peel Institute on Violence Prevention is an interdisciplinary and intersectorial collaborative initiative among agencies in the Region of Peel. In 2013, the Institute was secured a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which is administrated by Family Services of Peel.

The Institute was established to be a central, region-wide initiative focusing on the prevention of all forms of violence in Peel. Operating under an anti-oppression, anti-racism framework, the Institute is a central point for data-driven, evidence-informed practice, which will improve the organization of community services, combining the perspectives of the diverse population served, academia, and community service providers.

The research and violence prevention work of the Institute focuses on survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, youth violence, and human trafficking for the following at risk groups: youth, seniors, women, aboriginal population, people with disabilities, and male victims of sexual assault/abuse. The data collected by the Institute will enable the reorganization of services and programs to be more focused on survivors’ needs.

Our main objectives:

  • Engage in policy analysis on current responses to violence and conduct academic and participatory action research on best-practices for the treatment and prevention of violence.
  • Enhance the capacities of community-based agencies by developing program evaluation tools to ensure that survivors of violence have access to seamless, interdisciplinary services and support.

We will achieve this by:

  • Mobilizing regional resources and sectors with expertise in the areas of policy making, program and services, development and implementation, community advocacy, and development and evaluation.
  • Utilizing human resources development, innovative programs and services, participatory community development, policy analysis, and evaluation methodologies, with the objectives of minimizing the disparity across population sub-groups, ensuring fairness and accessibility to services and programs, and reducing violence.
  • Close collaboration between service providers and individuals with the lived experience of violence.
  • Establishing leadership focused on violence prevention. 


Following is detailed documentation regarding Peel Institute on Violence Prevention’s ongoing work/research.


  1. Human Trafficking Bibliography (May 2017)
  2. GAP Report Executive Summary (April 2017)
  3. GAP Study Final Report (April 2017)
  4. Global Symposium on Violence Prevention Final Report (June 2016)
  5. Community Leadership: Building Human, Social and Community Capacity (March 2016)
  6. Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Literature Review (March 2015)
  7. Persisting Inequities at the Intersection of Multiple Identities of Victims of Violence Due to Inequities in Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being (2015)
  8. Identifying Gaps in Data Collection Practices of Peel Agencies that Serve Survivors of Interpersonal Violence (2015)
  9. Health Consequences of Interpersonal Violence and Organization of Primary Health Care Services for Survivors in the Region of Peel (2014)
  10. Male Survivors – The Fathering Equation – Exploring Fatherhood in the Context of Male Sexual Assault and the Male Identity (2014)
  11. Institute Report (June 2014)
  12. Strengthening Violence Prevention – Preliminary Literature Review (May 2014)
  13. Violence Services Annual Census Report (May 2014 Symposium)



  1. Volume 2, Issue 2 (June 2017)
  2. Volume 2, Issue 1 (March 2017)
  3. Volume 1, Issue 2 (November 2016)
  4. Volume 1, Issue 1 (June 2016)


Press Releases

  1. GAP Report (April 2017)
  2. Ontario Trillium Foundation Announcement (April 2017)

PowerPoint Presentations

  1. Academic – Community Collaborations:  Opportunities & Challenges (By keynote speaker Dr. Harvey Skinner, Founding Dean, Faculty of Health, York University) (May 2015)
  2. Institute on Violence Prevention (May 2015)
  3. Addressing Social Determinants of Health & Well-being: Equitable Services for Racialized Communities of Peel (May 2015)
  4. Identifying Gaps in Data Collection Practices of Health, Justice and Social Service Agencies Serving Survivors of Interpersonal Violence in Peel (May 2015)
  5. Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (May 2015)
  6. Identifying Gaps in Data Collection Practices of Social Services Agencies that Serve Survivors of Violence in Peel: A Pilot Study (May 2015)