Wendy Aujla (Alberta)

Wendy AujlaWendy Aujla is a Doctoral Candidate in Criminology, Social Structure, and Policy, in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Alberta. In her doctoral research she focuses on an understudied area: “The Perspectives of Alberta Law Enforcement on ‘Honour’ Crimes within the Context of Domestic Violence.” This research explores the perceptions of ‘honour’ crimes from police officers and civilians working in Alberta policing agencies. She has been Principle investigator on major projects with an emphasis on challenges in reporting and accessing family violence services, violence against immigrant women, and the South Asian diaspora in Canada. As an applied sociologist and criminologist, she uses her research to inform government, academia, the Canadian criminal justice system, and the general public on responses to violence against women. She has also been involved in other academic research and consults on community-based projects related to family violence prevention, strengthening relationships with new immigrant families, and mothering in the context of family violence. In Alberta, she was involved with a collaborative initiative in the South Asian community known as PARIVAAR (Peaceful Alliance Rejecting Injustice and Violence and Advocating Respect) and served on the annual Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference as a co-chair and planning committee member. She continues to serve on the Ethno-Cultural Family Violence (EFVC) Committee and supports WIN House an organization that provides shelter services for women and children fleeing family violence. Wendy is actively engaged in family violence research and is passionate about building safer communities free from violence.