Margaret A. Jackson (Ph.D.) – DirectorMargaret A. Jackson (Ph.D.) – Director

Margaret is a Professor Emerita in the School of Criminology and past Director of the Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy at SFU. She was principal investigator for a Federal Ministry of Justice study on child abuse. Other research areas of interest include criminal justice policy analysis, sociocultural factors impacting marginalized girls, problem-solving courts, and most recently, bullying and cyberbullying. As Director of FREDA, Margaret primarily focuses upon research issues related to domestic violence and its impacts on women and children.



Michelle S. Lawrence (LL.M.) – Associate DirectorMichelle S. Lawrence (Ph.D., LL.M.) – Honorary Associate Director

Michelle is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria. She teaches and researches primarily in the areas of criminal law, sentencing, and the law of evidence. Michelle completed her doctoral work as a Trudeau Scholar, in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. She previously practiced law as a partner in the Litigation Department of McCarthy Tétrault LLP.




Katherine RossiterKatherine R. Rossiter (Ph.D.) – Associate Director

Kate completed her PhD in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Canadian Observatory on the Justice System’s Response to Intimate Partner Violence. She is a researcher and educator on gender-based violence and trauma-informed practice in health. Kate is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at SFU, and a Co-Investigator with the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP). She works as Research & Projects Manager at the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC).




Sarah Yercich (M.S.) – Associate DirectorSarah Yercich (M.Sc.) – Associate Director

Sarah is a doctoral candidate and sessional instructor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and an instructor of Criminology and Sociology at Capilano University. She holds an MSc in Applied Criminology and BSc in Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Her areas of interest include domestic violence, domestic homicide, fathers’ rights activism, and family law, and her Master’s thesis focused on women’s experiences with fear of victimization. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at SFU, Sarah worked as adjunct faculty at NAU and a Senior Information Specialist with the National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative (NDVFRI). Sarah is currently a research assistant with the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP) led by Drs. Peter Jaffe (Western) and Myrna Dawson (Guelph).



MelissaMelissa Gregg – Research Associate

Melissa is currently pursuing a PhD in criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her areas of research interest are international criminal justice, conflict-motivated sexual violence, and the life cycle of international norms. In 2017-18, she interned and worked at the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor in The Hague, Netherlands. She has taught summer courses on international justice and post-conflict transitions in the Netherlands and will teach a course on the same topic at SFU in Fall 2020.



Chelsea Pang photoChelsea Pang – Research Associate

Chelsea is currently a JD candidate at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has been involved in numerous community initiatives, including the UBC AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre and Rise Women’s Legal Centre. As a legal clinician at Rise, she assisted marginalized women with family law issues. Chelsea is the current Student Coordinator for the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. In this role, she conducts research for the the Centre’s Director and assists in organizing lectures, conferences and other events to strengthen ties within the feminist legal research community.



Chris Giles (Ph.D.) – Research Associate



Bruce Kachuk – Associate Member

Bruce Kachuk – Associate Member

Bruce Kachuk has served the FREDA organization well since April 1998. He continues in the capacity of a valued volunteer and, additionally, has become an Associate Member of the Centre. Bruce kept the downtown office in Harbour Centre going while he lived in Vancouver. What is amazing is that he kindly agreed to maintain his helpful presence via computer ether space since moving to Toronto with his partner in 2005. He has done so in his role as webmaster of the FREDA website, which he created in 2001 and nurtured with care since that time. As well, he has monitored the FREDA e-mail system. Both of these tasks allowed FREDA to continue as a viable centre. While here, he also undertook a variety of other tasks as the FREDA staff person and communications director. Those included editing and production of reports; arranging meetings for FREDA purposes; ordering supplies; maintaining a pleasant and helpful presence with other Harbour Centre personnel; fielding queries; and otherwise being the FREDA face at Harbour Centre. We still receive enquiries about how he is doing from those whom he touched while here. We wish him all the best and give him our deep gratitude both for who he is as a person and for all that he has done for us and others. Thank you, Bruce!









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