Intersectional Feminist Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (IFJROC) brings together researchers, academics, data and policy analysts, students, and community organizers to provide critical research, data, policy and strategic support for ending violence, gender equity, and social justice movements.
IFJROC builds on the long tradition of movement-driven, community-derived research and uses an explicit decolonial, anti-oppression, and racial justice lens.
The intersectional Feminist Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative is working on the following research projects:
Assessing the impacts of the Jordan decision on gender-based violence cases
R v Jordan is a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada that changed the framework previously used to determine whether an accused was tried within a reasonable time under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, sending a strong message condemning the complacency around lengthy pretrial delays.
This project is assessing how the Jordan decision has influenced the choices made by police and the Crown with respect to carrying out investigations and pressing charges, and how this has impacted victims of gender-based violence offences.
National Action Plan to end gender-based violence
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a violation of human rights, a criminal justice issue, and a significant public health concern. In Canada, 50% of all women and girls as young as 16 years of age reported having experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Although activists have long advocated for the federal government to initiate an intersectional, inclusive, and coordinated effort to form a national plan to end gender-based violence, Canada has yet to create one.
In partnership with Women and Gender Equality Canada and YWCA Canada, Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) and the Intersectional Feminist Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative (IFJROC) is conducting community engagement sessions with multiple stakeholders to gather community priorities, recommendations, activities, and feedback to inform Canada’s National Action Plan to end gender-based violence.
Assessing the intersections of race and gender in police response to Black, Indigenous, and women of colour experiencing gender-based violence in BC
Although the police and legal systems are mandated to support GBV victims, there is evidence that battered Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWOC) receive harmful responses from the police.
This research enables action through a reflective cycle, where community members and services collect and analyze data together to assess police response to BIWOC victims of GBV. The aim is to increase communication between victims, community organizations, and the criminal justice system to create opportunities for BIWOC to shape policies that will protect them and their communities.
Evaluating the efficacy of an intersectional 24/7 crisis line intervention with texting capacities to support women experiencing violence during COVID-19
BWSS addresses family violence by utilizing feminist, anti-oppressive, and intersectional frameworks in their programming to support women who are victims and survivors of GBV. When victims are forced to stay home or in close proximity to their abusive partner more frequently, abusers can use any tool to exert control, including health concerns such as COVID-19.
This project aims to examine BWSS’ innovative interventions developed in response to COVID-19: the expansion of BWSS’ crisis line in a 24/7 capacity with text- and email-based services.
Research and Policy Analyst
Melody Yin Yun Wise
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Melody is a Research and Policy Analyst for BWSS, bringing a strong interest in progressive social policy and an educational background in decolonial methodologies, and community-based participatory research.
Bringing multiple years of experience working as a Research Assistant on the Indigenous Women in Renewable Energy Project, Melody is knowledgeable in conducting and analyzing community-based research from a critical, decolonial, feminist perspective, including methods for collecting and analyzing research material, qualitative interviewing, and analysis and research ethics.
Driven by a community-led approach to research, programming, and outreach, Melody aims to build trust, conversation, and action that supports the development of self-determining, sustainable communities. She is experienced in relationship-building, program coordination, and writing through anti-oppressive, anti-racist, trauma-informed lenses.
Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for 世代同行會 Yarrow Intergenerational Society for Justice in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and she is a member of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre’s fundraising committee.