Applications Open for Paid Research Coordinator at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families
Project Title: Studying Male Homelessness as a Consequence of Domestic Violence
About the Organization
The Canadian Association for Equality is a registered educational charity that undertakes efforts to achieve gender equality. Our focus is on the status, health and well-being of boys, men and fathers, where attention, investment and support for educational and social programs are significantly underdeveloped. The charity also runs the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, open and inclusive hubs offering a wide variety of men’s health and social services.
Application Due: Immediate
Term: Start immediately, term is 18 weeks, 37.5 hours/week
Location: Canadian Centre for Men and Families, 152 Carlton St. Unit 201, Toronto, ON, M4Y 2J9
How to Apply: Email a cover letter and resume as a text, word or PDF attachment, to Executive Director Justin Trottier at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may follow up with a phone call to 647-479-9611.
The Research Coordinator will lead the research project Studying Male Homelessness as a Consequence of Domestic Violence, with responsibility for building partnerships with collaborating agencies, organizing and overseeing the distribution and administration of questionnaires to staff and clients, tabulating and analyzing the results, and preparing a final report.
The ideal candidate will have a Masters degree or higher in any social science or (provided there is also research experience) in one of the following areas or a related program: social services, social work, psychotherapy, public administration, public policy.
Social science research experience
Knowledge and experience working with boys, men and/or fathers
Knowledge and experience working with the homeless population, and/or experience working in shelters or other social service agencies, is an asset but not a requirement
Excellent written, verbal and analytical skills
Research Project Description
Studying Male Homelessness as a Consequence of Domestic Violence
A recent Health Canada report, Public Health in Canada 2016: A Focus on Family Violence in Canada, has highlighted the serious health effects of family violence and documents how all Canadians are under-serviced in this area. Domestic violence is related to a variety of indicators of poor health, including homelessness.
Meanwhile, Toronto has been identified as one of 10 communities in Canada having the most significant problems with homelessness. According to a survey conducted in April 2013, the number of homeless people sleeping outdoors and in emergency shelters has been estimated at 5253, and of these 85% were men.
Men with families who are experiencing domestic violence are particularly disadvantaged by a lack of support and resources. The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is a community-based men’s health and social service agency working with men in distress. The Centre is regularly contacted by men who have become homeless as a result of experiencing domestic abuse or violence, including a significant number of fathers with dependent children. These men find few if any opportunities for emergency or short-term shelters suitable to their situation as victims of domestic abuse, and practically no spaces available to them if they are fathers seeking help for both them and their children.
The mandate of this research project is to study the experiences of single men as well as fathers with children who are facing homelessness as a result of domestic abuse or violence. In cooperation with our community partners within the shelter system and victim support network, this project will collect data through direct questionnaires of homeless men and front-line staff at agencies that support the homeless population.
The goal of this project is to identify interventions aimed at empowering men to seek out long-term solutions for balancing their housing, childcare and professional needs, with a priority on providing a safe and healthy environment for them and their children. This project may also support the establishment of first of their kind domestic abuse shelters for single men and fathers with children. The ultimate aim of this research is to reduce the number of men and children exposed to domestic violence. In support of the Housing First model, we anticipate that this work will lead to improved understanding of homelessness and assist in developing strategies to reduce chronic or recurrent homelessness in our communities. We anticipate that the experience from this pilot project will inform similar initiatives in other cities across Canada.