PRISM - Probing Rural Issues - Selecting Methods to Address Abuse of Women and Girls

In 2000, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (FVRC), through funding from Status of Women Canada, brought together fifty front line interveners, doctors, police, university and community researchers, ministers, social workers, and representatives of non-government organizations from across Atlantic Canada. The goals of this meeting were to talk about abuse of girls and women in rural areas and lay the foundation for future partnerships, clarify the needs of women and girls in rural, remote, and socially-isolated communities in the Atlantic region, and develop resources to address the multi-faceted experiences of violence.

In 2002, the FVRC received funding from Status of Women Canada to conduct Phase II of this initiative, called “PRISM - Probing Rural Issues - Selecting Methods to Address Abuse of Women and Girls”. The goal of this phase was to conduct research on rural girls' and women's experiences of violence and report on better practices and reflexive approaches. From the research, PRISM developed resources and materials targetting family violence and violence prevention policy makers, program/service designers and service deliverers who are working to improve rural responses to women and girls experiences.  Reports from two of these pilot sites can be viewed at:

With funding from Status of Women Canada, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation, and the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, in Phase III we disseminated, in multiple formats, the knowledge we gained, specifically, the reflexive resource, entitled Building Reflexive Processes into Programs and Policy Development and Evaluation: Responding To Violence Against Girls and Women in Rural Communities.

To view or download the resource: