Effects of Personal, Social, and Economic Resources

On Physical and Mental Health of Women in the Early Years after Leaving an Abusive Partner

This is a Longitudinal Study (2003-2005) in New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Ontario.  They have received $360,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Gender and Health. This research project has also received $900,000 from a CIHR Operating Grant for the years 2007-2011.

Judy Wuest and Marilyn Merritt-Gray from the faculty of Nursing at UNB are part of research projects that are affiliated with the MMFC.  The goals for the researchers are to investigate the most urgent practice questions of lay and professional family violence helpers who work within rural and geographically-isolated communities, and to develop more effective prevention and intervention strategies. More recently the focus of the research has shifted to the health consequences of abuse for women and their children, and how social, education, justice and health policies and services make a difference.


  • Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Nursing UWO
  • Colleen Varcoe, Nursing UBC
  • Judith Wuest, Nursing UNB
  • Marilyn Merritt-Gray, Nursing UNB
  • Lorraine Davies, Sociology, UWO
  • Olena Hankvisky, Political Science, Simon Fraser
  • Assistance from Joanne Galajda, Jeannie Malcolm, Jean Doucet, and Elaine Kenyon