The CENTRAL Hub Model: Strategies and Innovations Used by Rural Women’s Shelters in Canada to Strengthen Service Delivery and Support Women

Tara Mantler, Kimberley T Jackson, Marilyn Ford-Gilboe


Intimate Partner Violence impacts 25% to 30% of Canadian women. Women’s shelters were created as the dominant solution to violence; however, there are differences in service in urban and rural areas. This study examined strategies and innovations being adopted to strengthen service delivery and support women who have experienced violence. This descriptive participatory research study used a focus group and in-depth interviews with five innovative rural women’s shelters. Using thematic analysis, we found when Community Education, Networking, Technology, Resourceful Able Leaders was enacted using a Hub Model, there was innovation in service delivery overcoming challenges.

Keywords: Intimate Partner Violence; women; service delivery; rural; shelter

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The Journal of Rural and Community Development is supported by SSHRC.