Coaching Association of Canada

Introduced in 2000, the Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching provides timely, accurate, targeted information to aid in creating a healthier and more positive environment for women coaches – in Canada and around the world.

Recognizing and Responding to Teen-Dating Violence: Implications for Women Coaches

July 2023, Vol. 23, No. 3

By Gretchen Kerr, Aalaya Milne, Anthony Battaglia, Ashley Stirling, Andrea Woodburn and Isabelle Cayer


© 2018 Coaching Association of Canada, ISSN 1496-1539

Once again, Journal authors raise the bar by conducting a lucid and thorough examination of teen-dating violence (TDV), a worrisome and contentious subject that must be addressed by Canada’s sport community if it is to be curbed and athletes of all genders protected. 

Beginning with a thorough analysis of the contemporary situation regarding teen dating relationships, which is exacerbated by the pervasive influence of social media, three forms of TDV - psychological, physical, and sexual – are explained. Also explained are the distressing, even dangerous, effects of TDV, the pervasiveness of which continues to be under-estimated. The article stresses the importance of coaches, especially women coaches, in developing the knowledge and skills to competently handle situations in which an athlete is experiencing TDV and other unhealthy practices. 

Importantly, the authors describe a four-goal project that will “assist coaches in recognizing, preventing, and addressing TDV and promoting healthy relationships in and through sport.” Our thanks to the Public Health Agency of Canada for making this essential project possible through a grant to the Coaching Association of Canada and a research team at the University of Toronto. - Sheila Robertson, Journal Editor.

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Journal Personnel


Coaching Association of Canada

Editorial Board


Dr. Diane Culver, University of Ottawa

Research Members

Andréa J. Woodburn, Laval University
Dr. Gretchen Kerr, University of Toronto
Dr. Cari Din, University of Calgary

Author and Editor

Sheila Robertson

CAC Staff Resource

Selma Baaziz, Manager, Marketing and Communications

Ad Hoc

Dr. Dru Marshall, University of Calgary
Nancy Lee, Broadcast Sports Journalist and Producer
Rose Mercier, Maverick Consulting
Dr. Penny Werthner, University of Calgary

Coaching Representative

Sheilagh Croxon

Member at Large

Claire Carver Dias, Clearday Communications

Call for Abstracts

The Canadian Journal for Women in Coaching welcomes submission of abstracts from both new and previously published authors for Journal publications.

Abstracts that address the topic of women in coaching, as well as other general thematic areas of interest pertaining to female coach development and education will be considered. All applications should include a 100-word description of the article and a CV of the author. 

Submission Guidelines

For more information, please contact Sheila Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

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