Expert Alert - Breaking the Abuse Cycle - CIHR experts speak out in light of
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25)

OTTAWA, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Did you know that in 2007-08, there were 62,000 Canadian women living in shelters to escape domestic violence and abusive situations, according to Statistics Canada? While violence appears in different forms and locations, the results are always the same: physical and psychological damage to the victims. How can we break the vicious circle of violence and improve the lives and health of our populations?

Experts from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are available to discuss the different types of domestic violence, their long-term impact on health and how they can be eliminated.


The health effects of domestic violence

Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (Vancouver)

What about the children? Kids exposed to intimate partner violence

Dr. Nicole Letourneau, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton)

Women bullied at work...and at home

Dr. Judith Arlene MacIntosh, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton)

The recovery of sexually abused girls and their parents

Dr. Martine Hébert, CIHR-funded researcher from Université du Québec à Montréal (Montreal)

Violence: a trigger for mental illness

Dr. Neil Andersson, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Ottawa

Sexual assaults, drugs and alcohol: sober perspective on prevention

Dr. Janice Du Mont, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Toronto

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: For further information: To schedule an interview, please contact: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Specialist, Office: (613) 941-4563, Cellphone: (613) 808-7526, Fax: (613) 954-6653, E-mail:

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