Resistance: untold story of domestic violence
Student Tanya Shewfelt’s thesis for her Master of Arts in Professional Communication program is an ethnographic study that provides an insider's look at being a victim of domestic violence, social issues such as victim blaming, and the theory of resistance: that victims employ strategies of resistance rather than passively responding to violence. Shewfelt observed a transformation in her participant, Monique, when Monique began to speak in the setting of her workplace, as program director of a women's shelter, about her experience with an abusive partner.
Shewfelt’s research is generating attention from the Alberta government and public sector agencies. She is using her data to create a public awareness campaign that will be released this November as part of Alberta's Family Violence Awareness Month. Her research also drew the attention of Darrel Janz, a prominent CTV Calgary journalist, who featured Shewfelt and Monique on his weekly “Inspired Albertan” segment, one of Calgary’s most-watched news shows, to debunk stereotypes and show that domestic violence victims come from all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.