University of Regina professor receives $1million grant to research violence against women

University of Regina psychology professor Mary Hampton has received a $1-million grant to research violence against women.

Hampton and her research team will receive $200,000 over five years to investigate intimate partner violence in rural and northern communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Hampton hopes the project will help make communities more aware of violence against women.

Saskatchewan has the highest rates of sexual assault and spousal homicide in Canada.

According to 2007 statistics, Saskatchewan’s incidences of sexual assault were 125 per 100,000 people, while the Canadian average was 68 per 100,000 people, according to 2007 statistics.

The grant is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.