A Fresh Breath

A Fresh Breath is a participatory action research project to explore the physical and emotional impacts of non-fatal strangulation on women survivors who had experienced strangulation within the context of an intimate partner relationship. The goal was to provide direction on how to improve the health and safety outcomes for women and develop strategies that inform first responders who often are in contact with women survivors in situations of crisis.

Portfolio

Research & Education

Funder

Women's College Hospital, Women's XChange $15k Challenge

Partners

Nneka MacGregor, Vivien Green, Shirley Broekstra, Nicole Classen, Janice Du Mont, Tope Adefarakan, Christine McCaw, Somayya Moollabhai

A Fresh Breath

A Fresh Breath is a participatory action research project to explore the physical and emotional impacts of non-fatal strangulation on women survivors who had experienced strangulation within the context of an intimate partner relationship. The goal was to provide direction on how to improve the health and safety outcomes for women and develop strategies that inform first responders who often are in contact with women survivors in situations of crisis.

Portfolio

Research & Education

Funder

Women's College Hospital, Women's XChange $15k Challenge

Partners

Nneka MacGregor, Vivien Green, Shirley Broekstra, Nicole Classen, Janice Du Mont, Tope Adefarakan, Christine McCaw, Somayya Moollabhai

The project culminated in an executive summary highlighting our findings. The total number of women interviewed for this study was 15. All the women were provided with information on counselling services available in their area if they required this during or following the interview. 

We developed a framework to evaluate the data which we called the ‘4 Cs of Strangulation’: Context, Consequences, Communication, and Care.


What's Next?

We’re working on expanding our research by focusing on the prevalence of non-fatal strangulation in IPV survivors, within the Canadian context. We have also begun delivering training to VAW frontline workers and healthcare providers.

We’re committed to sharing our findings with survivors because we believe that knowledge is power.

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