Myrna Dawson

Academia / Research


Dr. Myrna Dawson is a Professor of Sociology, Research Leadership Chair and Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence (CSSLRV), College of Social and Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph. Her research focuses on trends/patterns in and social/legal responses to violence with emphasis on violence against women and femicide.

Dr. Dawson is the Founder and Director of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability, and Co-Director of the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations. She is a member of Canada's first Domestic Violence Death Review Committee implemented by the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario, co-authoring the background paper upon which it was built.


Publications and education

Myrna is the author/co-author/editor of numerous publications and reports including Woman Killing: Intimate Femicide in Ontario, 1991-1994; Violence Against Women in Canada (Oxford University Press, 2011); and Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective (Palgrave Macmillian, 2017).

She has published in various journals; most recently, in Trauma Violence & AbuseChild Abuse & NeglectViolence Against WomenJournal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. She has presented research and delivered keynotes in Australia, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

PhD Sociology, University of Toronto 
MA Sociology, University of Toronto
BA Sociology/Law & Society, York University




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