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People Experiencing Marginalization and the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response on Violence Against Women Services:

The MARCO-VAW Study

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Study Co-Leads

Study Team & Advisory

  • Patricia O’Campo, St Michael's Hospital & University of Toronto

  • Janice Du Mont, Women's College Hospital & University of Toronto

  • Robin Mason, Women's College Hospital & University of Toronto

  • Monique Arcenal, WomanACT

  • Catherine Moses, WomanACT

  • Elizabeth Tremblay, WomanACT

  • Marija Huijbregts, Family Services Toronto

  • Lauren Hough, Ontario Brain Injury Association

  • Amanda Sim, McMaster University

  • Bridget Steele, University of Oxford

Advisory Group: Toronto Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee (VAWCC).​

 

For more information on the overall MARCO Study (Principal Investigators: Ahmed Bayoumi and Michelle Firestone, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions) click here

About this study

In Canada, widespread adaptations were made during the COVID-19 pandemic across violence against women (VAW) sectors, and intersecting health, legal, economic, and social systems, with patchwork emergency funding and unsystematic documentation. The MARCO-VAW study aimed to investigate how the response to VAW evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and to develop actionable recommendations. We conducted a community-based participatory, mixed-methods study, involving surveys, focus groups, and interviews with 130 staff working at 32 VAW organizations and 10 survivors who accessed VAW services during the first 18 months of the pandemic.

Reports and Infographics

Infographic summaries
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