Dr. Victoria Bungay receives $2.5M SSHRC grant with support from MSFHR match-funding

1 October 2019

Thanks in part to MSFHR match-funding support, two-time MSFHR awardee and UBC associate professor, Dr. Victoria Bungay recently received a $2.5 million partnership grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). This grant will fund a seven-year, multi-site implementation project that brings together a team from across Canada to address gender-based violence research.

MSFHR partners to co-fund research, build capacity in the system and optimize our collective investments in health research. Our match funding supports BC researchers like Dr. Bungay to compete nationally and internationally, and attract research dollars from outside the province.

Dr. Bungay’s research project, “Scaling up Trauma and Violence Informed Outreach with Women Affected by Violence,” addresses the problems involved with connecting women who have experienced sexual and physical violence to programs and services that can support them. This project seeks to use outreach as an effective way to engage with women by understanding their unique needs and improving access to support.

For this research project, Dr. Bungay is organizing a multi-disciplinary team comprised of MSFHR-funded researchers, service providers (not-for-profit and public sector), legal advocates, policy analysts, and network and communication technology experts to ensure a meaningful and collaborative approach that is representative of the women they will engage with.

This innovative outreach project will be implemented across Vancouver and Kelowna to tailor towards the unique needs of women in each location: the Inner City Women’s Initiatives Society (ICWIS); Downtown Women’s Shelter and Elizabeth Fry Society in Kelowna; West Coast Legal Education Advocacy Fund (LEAF) and RISE Legal Network; and GRID Networks in Vancouver.

With the support of MSFHR’s match funding, this project will apply over two decades of research that will examine how this outreach model can offer further knowledge in health concerns among women experiencing violence.

Researchers can apply any time for match funding – learn more here.