Here at The CRIB, we recognize the importance of collaborating with communities and partner with service providers, first responders and community based agencies in our research projects. The CRIB is currently involved in a number of local and international initiatives relevant to violence and victimization;
An Instagram Live series hosted by Dr. Tanya L. Sharpe, that brings the community together to hear from special guests working within the intersections of issues facing vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19 and structural inequities. Seasons 1 & 2 examine structural violence, race-based data collection, gun violence & victimization, the fractured healthcare system, impact of COVID-19 on the incarcerated, the sociocultural division of social distancing, anti-black racism, bridging the digital divide, black youth empowerment, human trafficking, police reconciliation, and the liberation of black trans lives.
The need for valid measures that capture the racial and culturally bound manifestation of homicide related grief for African American survivors of homicide victims led to the development of the Inventory of Coping for African American Survivors of Homicide Victims (ICAASHV). Designed to assess the origins and types of coping strategies used by African American survivors of homicide victims, this project examined the validity of the ICAASHV and assessed potential associations between coping with homicide violence, mental, behavioral health and well-being outcomes for African American adults.
In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, The CRIB developed the Survivors of Homicide Victims and Mental Health Project (SHVMH) to address the needs of Ontarians affected by homicide violence. The project will engage service providers within systems of care to understand gaps in survivor services; identify promising practices; and determine where culturally responsive strategies are needed across the province.
In collaboration with key community based organizations to include the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) of Ontario, Distress Centres of Greater Toronto – Traumatic Loss Survivor Support Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre (WHIWH), The CRIB will engage African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) survivors in digital storytelling to understand the impact of murder on the wellbeing, coping strategies and unmet needs of ACB Canadian survivors of homicide victims in Toronto.
The Supporting Male Survivors of Violence (SMSV) Baltimore project identifies needs and addresses gaps in services to support effective community-based, trauma-focused treatment and support services for young male survivors of color (YMOC) between the ages of 14-24 and their families who live in the Madison/East End neighborhoods of Baltimore, Maryland. The CRIB serves as the lead evaluator for this project.
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