Caught in the Middle

Childrens rainbootsResearch Participants Needed for Caught in the Middle Project

Researchers at RESOLVE, University of Manitoba are conducting a study to examine how family and criminal courts intersect in cases involving domestic violence. For this study, researchers are interested in interviewing two specific groups of individuals, parents over the age of 18 and young adults between 18-24 years of age.

Research Participants - Parents

Researchers are interested in talking to parents who have been involved in both criminal and family court in cases involving domestic violence. Researchers want to learn about how their children were involved in decision making regarding custody and visitation, how their interests and well-being were taken into consideration, and how they were impacted by decisions that were made by the courts.
 


To be eligible to participate:
    •    Individuals must currently be parents
    •    Must be 18 years of age or older
    •    Must have been involved with both criminal and family court in cases involving domestic violence.

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Research Participants - Young Adults

Researchers are interested in talking to young adults whose parents were involved in both criminal and family court in cases involving domestic violence when these young adults were children. Researchers want to learn about how these young adults were involved in decision making regarding their custody and visitation with parents, how their interests and well-being were taken into consideration, and how they were impacted by decisions that were made by the courts.
 
To be eligible to participate:
    •    Individuals must be 18 to 24 years of age
    •    During their childhood their parents must have been involved with criminal and family court in cases involving domestic violence.

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More Information About the Project


All interviews will take place over the phone. 
 
Participation in an interview and any information that could identify an individual personally will be kept confidential and an honorarium will be provided to all participants.

For more information or to participate email renee.hoffart@umanitoba.ca or text 204-510-3291.

"This research project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Manitoba REB# 2019,055"
 

Caught in the Middle: Children’s Involvement in the Court Process as it Relates to Intimate Partner Violence Environmental Scan

About the Environmental Scan

Caught in the Middle: Children’s Involvement in the Court Process as it Relates to Intimate Partner Violence is a new Manitoba-wide environmental scan that consists of agencies and programs available to children and families involved in criminal and family court proceedings in cases of intimate partner violence (IPV). The agencies and programs included in the environmental scan offer community-based supports, assistance with the criminal justice system, and legal services. Rural and urban areas of Manitoba are highlighted in the scan and any relevant programs offered in both regions are included. In addition, policy and legislation related information useful to families experiencing IPV are also listed.
 
The agencies and programs included in the environmental scan offer a variety of services that are intended to be inclusive to all families, regardless of background or situation. Many of the programs are available free of charge or at a very low cost, making them as accessible as possible

The research team consisted of Marla Somersall, Winnipeg Children’s Access Agency (community partner); Dr. Kendra Nixon, RESOLVE and Faculty of Social Work; Dr. Lorna Turnbull, Faculty of Law; Dr. Cheryl Fraehlich, RESOLVE Research Associate; and Renée Hoffart, RESOLVE Project Coordinator.  The research for the Caught in the Middle Manitoba-wide environmental scan was funded by the Prairieaction Foundation and supported through in-kind contributions from the University of Manitoba.

Caught in the Middle: Children’s Involvement in the Court Process as it Relates to Intimate Partner Violence PDF

Other Information

Principle Investigator:

Dr. Kendra Nixon
Research Assistant: Renée Hoffart
Community Partners Winnipeg Children's Access Agency
Funders: Prairieaction Foundation
Length of Project: 2019-2020
Funds for RESOLVE: $75,000