WCH CONNECTNovember 11, 2019

WCRI’s Janice Du Mont recognized as leader in gender-based violence

  • November 11, 2019
  • BY Sarah Warr

Congratulations to Janice Du Mont, EdD, senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI), who was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Fellow Award by the International Association of Forensic Nurses – a network of over 5,000 members who practice and support forensic nursing in 26 countries. The award recognizes the impact of the significant contributions and accomplishments that an individual has achieved through their work to advance the profession of forensic nursing.  

“I nominated Dr. Janice Du Mont for the 2019 International Association of Forensic Nurses’ Distinguished Fellow Award because her research contributions to the field of sexual assault and violence against women are immense and vitally impact the care that forensic nurses around the world provide to patients they work with,” says Linda Reimer, Registered Nurse at Mackenzie Health. “Dr. Du Mont has been deeply involved in research and curriculum development that not only benefits the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres and the clients seen at these centres, but forensic nurses globally.”

Since the late 1990s, Du Mont has been advising internationally, nationally and provincially on responding to the problem of gender-based violence. Her work has had a direct impact on clinical care and has led to more educational resources for emergency department healthcare providers who are often a victim’s first point of contact. She has also worked closely with other organizations, including the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres and Rainbow Health Ontario, to enhance training and healthcare service delivery for sexual assault victims from marginalized populations.

Du Mont was also recently invited to the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Reception on Women’s Health and Health Research in Canada: The Case for a Sex and Gender-Based Analysis on May 15, 2019. She was one of various experts from around the country asked to participate in a discussion on why an understanding of sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) is crucial for effective health research, policy and practice, as well as analyzing how both sex and gender affect our health. Du Mont represented the “Theme 2: Gender and Violence,” which focused on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and violence against older women, particularly in Trans communities, refugee and immigrant populations, and Indigenous populations.

Janice Du Mont at the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus


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