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Book: Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation

Chapter: Chapter 12: Women Seeking Safety: Nonviolent Responses to Intimate Partner Violence

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.30206


This chapter explores elements of nonviolent, feminist and religious responses to intimate partner violence. It begins with a definition of intimate partner violence and some statistics outlining its prevalence globally and in Canada. The chapter continues with an overview of the Canadian feminist movement’s work on the problem of intimate partner violence as well as some of the responses developed in the subfield of religion and domestic violence. The latter half of the chapter introduces the results from the author’s own research program, which can further assist religious groups and women’s shelter workers help women of faith in seeking safety as they join in the collaborative work of nonviolent resistance to intimate partner violence.

Chapter Contributors

  • Catherine Holtmann ( - holtmann) 'University of New Brunswick'