Colleen Varcoe PhD, RN


School of Nursing

Faculty of Applied Science

University of British Columbia

My research focuses on violence and inequity. I study the health effects of gender-based violence, with an emphasis on violence against Indigenous women. I am currently focused on studying interventions a) for women who have experienced intersecting forms of violence (e.g. intimate partner violence, and structural forms of violence, such as poverty and racism), and b) for organizations to support more equity oriented care (EOC). Our research team conceptualizes EOC as culturally safe, trauma- and violence-informed and taking a harm reduction approach. I have studied the relationship between interpersonal violence and chronic pain, and focus on the intersections among chronic pain, trauma and substance use.

Research Keywords: violence, inequity, discrimination, Indigenous

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