"Highlighting our histories of resistance to violence connects us to movements towards dignity and justice across time."

Dr. Catherine Richardson is assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria.  She teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Indigenous Specializations Department, as well as the general program.   She is a family therapist and specializes in practice and research involving recovery from violence.  Cathy is currently involved in advancing response-based practice and does violence prevention work in a number of settings — with Indigenous communities, with women who have been assaulted, and in child protection settings.  She is a co-founder of the Centre for Response-Based Practice and the creator of the Islands of Safety model for violence prevention and safety planning in child welfare settings.

Cathy is interested in the intersections of social justice, resistance knowledges, culture and spirituality.  She is interested in working at the micro-level to influence macro-level policy changes involving peace and resistance to violence.  She is currently involved in a number of research projects, several with her colleague Dr. Allan Wade. 

Cathy is currently involved in a number of research projects including a Canadian Institute for Health Research grant on the topic of Systemic Violence against Youth in Canada.  She is conducting a number of studies related to best practice in cases of violence in child protection settings.  She is doing a discourse analysis of response-based counselling conversations to assess what has been most helpful in assisting client recovery from violence.

Cathy has presented her work at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, as well as various national and international conferences, and has been published in various scholarly journals.  She lives in Cowichan Bay with her three children.

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