Dr. Myrna Dawson smiles for a portrait
Dr. Myrna Dawson
Dr. Myrna Dawson, professor in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences and founder of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability (CFOJA), spoke to the Ottawa Sun about femicide. 

The article noted a committee with the Ottawa Police Service is set to finalize and release its definition of “femicide.” 

Dawson said having a police service use the term could help elevate the visibility of the concept and legitimize it as worthy of attention. 

A professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Dawson researches violence and society, violence against women and girls, homicide, violence prevention, public policy and criminal justice. Dawson is the director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence and director of the CFOJA.