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My broad research interests are trends in and characteristics of lethal and non-lethal violence with a particular focus on intimate partner violence as well as social and legal responses to violent victimization.
CSAHS Researcher Profile:
A Canada Research Chair in Public Policy in Criminal Justice, Dawson joined the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Guelph in 2003. Her undergraduate degree is in Sociology and Law & Society from York University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology are from the University of Toronto. Formerly a news reporter, Dawson spent a good portion of her ‘first career’ writing about issues relating to violence, criminal justice and the law – an interest that has carried over into her ‘second career’ in which she conducts research that examines social and legal responses to violence. In 2011, Dawson took up a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, and, in 2012, she was awarded a TC Beirne School of Law Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, University of Queensland, during which she continued to develop her research on intimacy, violence and the law in the international context. Dawson is an Academic Research Associate, Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children, and a co-investigator and member of the executive in the Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence. Funded by the Canadian Foundation of Innovation, she has established the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence at the University of Guelph (go to: www.violenceresearch.ca).
My current research projects include examining:
(1) the geography of social and criminal justice for victims and perpetrators of violence; (2) the growth and impact of domestic violence death review initiatives; and, as part of Statistics Canada's Research Data Initiative, (3) police charging practices in cases of intimate partner violence; and (4) the distribution of homicide by victim-offender relationship over time and geography, focusing on domestic homicide and filicide.
The Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence supports the above projects and numerous other research initiatives in various stages of development (see www.violenceresearch.ca).
Dawson, M. and T. Hotton. 2014. Provincial variations in police response to intimate partner violence in Canada. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency [In press]. Poon, J., M. Dawson, and M. Morton. 2014. Factors increasing the likelihood of dual and sole charging of women for intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women [In press]. Bugeja, L., M. Dawson., S. McIntyre, and C. Walsh. 2014. Domestic/family violence death reviews: An international comparison. Trauma Violence and Abuse [In press]. Tam,D., M. Dawson, M. Jackson, S. Kwok, and W.E. Thurston. 2013. Comparing the criminal justice responses to violence against women in Canada and China. Asia-Pacific Journal of Social Work & Development 23(2): 106-120. Fairbairn, J. and M. Dawson. 2013. Canadian news coverage of intimate partner homicide: Analyzing changes over time. Feminist Criminology 8(3): 147-155. Dawson, M. 2012. Intimacy, homicide and punishment: Examining court outcomes over three decades. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 45(3): 400-422. Kiepal, L., P. Carrington and M. Dawson. 2012. Missing persons and social exclusion. Canadian Journal of Sociology 27(2): 137-168. Johnson, H. and M. Dawson. 2011. Violence Against Women in Canada: Research and Policy Perpsectives. Toronto: Oxford University Press. Dawson, M., V. Pottie Bunge, & T. Balde. 2009. “National trends in intimate partner homicides: Explaining the decline, Canada, 1976-2001.” Violence Against Women 15(3): 276-306. Dawson, M. 2007. Canadian criminal law and physical violence against women: Challenges and Changes. Bangladesh Journal of Law (November): 241-258. Dinovitzer, R. & M. Dawson. 2007. The persistence of family-based justice in the sentencing of domestic violence. The British Journal of Criminology, 47(4): 655-670. Dawson, M. 2006. Intimacy, violence and the law: Exploring stereotypes about victim-defendant relationship and violent crime. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 96(4): 1417-1450. Dawson, M. 2004. “Intimate femicide followed by suicide: Examining the role of premeditation.” Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior 35(1): 76-90. Dawson, M. 2004. Rethinking the boundaries of intimacy at the end of the century: The role of victim-defendant relationship in criminal justice decision-making over time. Law & Society Review 38(1): 105-138. Dawson, M. 2003. The cost of ‘lost’ intimacy: The effect of relationship state on criminal justice decision-making. The British Journal of Criminology 43(4): 689-709.