PRESENTED BY: Professor Jane Ursel University of Manitoba, Canada

Professor Jane Ursel’s presentation discusses early findings of a longitudinal study aimed at mapping the trajectories of change, and identifying facilitative and inhibitive factors in women’s pursuit of freedom from intimate partner violence. The data for the study is drawn from interviews with 665 Canadian women, from 40 communities across 3 Provinces, who had experienced intimate partner violence. Seven waves of interviews were conducted over 4.5 years, with each woman being interviewed every six months about their experiences of services, parenting and their health as a result of their abuse history. The early findings include interesting comparisons among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadian women, including their perspectives on the criminal justice system.