Centre for the Prevention & Reduction of Violence

Building on Frontline Experience

The Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence (CPRV) at Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) builds on the experiences of these frontline practitioners – supporting applied research that translates the knowledge gained through and embedded in practice into curriculum, programming, policy, and theory.

CPRV Projects 

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Strategies for working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence

"This is a man's problem": Strategies for working with South Asian male perpetrators of intimate partner violence.  (formerly called A Process of Discovery)  

Researchers:  Gary Thandi, MSW with Bethan Lloyd, PhD

"This is a man's problem" is an exploratory project with frontline practitioners in lower mainland South Asian communities. The research looked at the development of effective prevention and intervention strategies for male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. The first stage of this research involved in-depth qualitative interviews with 15 frontline practitioners in this field.  The second stage of the research involved interviews with Corrections and Probation Officers. 

The research has been disseminated through Community forums and presentations including The South Asian Community Champions Against Domestic Abuse Forum held April 10, 2011 to commemorate The National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (April 10-16, 2011) with funding support from the Department of Justice Canada.

Additional publications from this research includes: Towards Healthier Violence Free South Asian Families

Evaluation of the Code White Program to Reduce Workplace Violence At St. Paul’s Hospital

Code White is a project with Providence Health CareThe Evaluation of the Code White Program to Reduce Workplace Violence At St. Paul’s Hospital project looked at how hospital staff and other healthcare providers learn how to respond effectively to workplace violence, maintaining both public and personal safety.  The project involved a systematic collection of information from those directly involved to determine the correlations among low injury report rates and, for example, skillful de-escalation of aggressive and violent situations; effective training and mentoring opportunities; staff self-selection as well as targeted recruitment of compassionate and responsive employees for this particular site with its particular patient population. 

CPRV supported the services of a Doctoral Graduate Student, Sevinj Askerova, under the direction of Dr. Richard Sullivan, UBC School of Social Work to conduct an analysis of existing quantitative and qualitative data. 

  • Final Report  (All rights reserved. Only individual pdf copies are available for download for personal use)

Domestic Violence Prevention and Reduction in British Columbia (2000-2010)

This report was guided by the CPRV's Violence Reduction Circle where the project explored the prevention and reduction of domestic violence in the province of British Columbia through a review of the literature, projects and initiatives.

Prepared by:  Katherine R. Rossiter, PhD candidate
Prepared for: CPRV, Violence Reduction Circle

The report was an initiative of the CPRVs Violence Reduction Circle, a collaboration of domestic and family violence researchers from the JIBC, University of Victoria, UBC, Simon Fraser University, The BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, NGO’s and hospital clinical settings.  Advocating Violence Prevention through research and strategic investments in families and children, CPRV supports a BC collaboration of researchers from BC universities, hospitals and NGO’s.


Initial funding for the Centre has been provided by the R. Howard Webster Foundation and the B.C. Institute against Family Violence.

R. Howard Webster Foundation

The R. Howard Webster Foundation is a family foundation established in 1967 to offer financial support to Canadian organizations involved with education, research, children, the environment and criminal justice issues. The Foundation has been notable over the years for its strong support for Canadian universities, libraries and hospitals. Its support for Boys and Girls Clubs across the country has helped many young people mature into productive adults.

The Foundation’s Chair, Peter Webster, has demonstrated a long-standing personal commitment to advancing community safety. He is a past member of the Vancouver Police Board and current trustee with the Vancouver Police Foundation. His contribution to the Justice Institute of British Columbia began with his appointment to the JIBC Board of Governors from 1988 to 1994. He then joined the JIBC Foundation Board as founding Chair, assuming that role from the Foundation’s inception in 1994 to 1998. He continues to sit as a Director since that time.

R. Howard Webster Foundation Check presentation

The R. Howard Webster Foundation’s generous commitment towards establishing the JIBC Applied Research Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence will further that commitment to public safety by supporting the JIBC to establish and teach best practices for front-line professionals, for program and policy development and for knowledge translation, exchange and mobilization.

BC Institute Against Family Violence

The BC Institute Against Family Violence (BCIFV) was founded in 1989 as a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and promoting public awareness through education and information dissemination. For almost 20 years, it served individuals, professionals, and organizations in British Columbia, maintaining a public Resource Centre and library and publishing a variety of informational and educational resources. 

The BCIFV joined with the Justice Institute of British Columbia to establish the Centre for the Prevention and Reduction of Violence. BCIFV resources and library have been transferred to CPRV which will continue to advance the BCIFV’s mission of supporting, co-ordinating and initiating research and education programs that promote the elimination of violence in all families. 

Although the BCIFV has ceased operation, through the work of CPRV, researchers and educators will continue to work towards achieving the BCIFV’s vision of a province and a society without family violence where individuals, families and communities are caring, respectful and supportive.

Last updated May 29, 2019