Supporting Rural Women

In leaving Violent Intimate Relationships across the Life Course

In January 2010, this research team received $20,000 from the CIHR Rural Center Pilot Project Funding Grant at Dalhousie University. By the end of August 2010, they had completed an environmental scan of programs and policies for rural abused women in the Maritime Provinces. 

In the spring and summer of 2010, they applied for and received approval from a total of 5 research ethics boards.   These are: UPEI Research Ethics Board, PEI Research Ethics Board, Research Ethics Board, UNB Fredericton, Cumberland Health Board, NS, and New Brunswick Department of Public Safety

They then began the participant recruitment process. By the end of 2010, the research assistants, Lorraine Begley and Kristal LeBlanc, completed a total of 20 interviews. Interviewed were fourteen (14) women in two age groups (18-30 and 50+) who left abusive intimate relationships and six (6) key informant interviews with people who represented government and non-profit organizations. By the end of 2010, the remaining financial resources were utilized to begin transcribing the interviews. Kristina Toma and Lacey Ford, two honours students in Psychology supervised by Colleen MacQuarrie, joined the research team. They have almost completed transcribing all of the remaining transcripts, and they will use the data collected through this project for their honours theses.

Project Members

  • Lori Weeks, Associate Professor, UPEI (Principal Investigator)
  • Colleen MacQuarrie, Associate Professor, UPEI (Co-investigator)
  • Carmen Gill, Director, MMFC (Co-investigator)
  • Lorraine Begley, Research Coordinator
  • Kristal LeBlanc, Graduate Student Assistant
  • Kristina Toma, UPEI
  • Lacey Ford, UPEI