University of Calgary

Leslie Maureen Tutty

  • Professor Emerita - Social Work
  • Clinical Practice
  • Family Issues & Family Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Sexual Abuse

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Degrees: PhD in Social Work (Wilfred Laurier University), MA, BA (Hons) in Psychology (University of Saskatchewan)

Interests: Family violence, sexual abuse, clinical interventions, mental health.

Dr. Leslie Tutty has taught courses in both clinical social work methods and research at the Faculty of Social Work since 1989.

Over the past 20 years, her research focus has been the prevention, intervention and policy perspectives on family violence, including a number of evaluations of shelter and post-shelter programs for abused women, support groups for abused women, treatment for adult and child victims of sexual abuse and groups for men who abuse their partners.

Tutty’s research on domestic violence spans the perspectives of social services, justice, health and mental health with funding from such organizations as SSHRC’s Community University Research Alliance initiative, Status of Women Canada, National Crime Prevention Centre and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Since 1999, Tutty has served as the Academic Research Coordinator of 

Tutty has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has written or edited textbooks for social workers for both paradigms. Other publications include “Reclaiming Self: Issues and Resources for Abused Women” edited with Carolyn Goard; and the upcoming “What’s Law got To Do With It?: The Law, Specialized Courts and Domestic Violence in Canada,” co-edited with Dr. Jane Ursel and Janice LeMaistre.

Research Projects:

    • Rothery, M. (PI). & Tutty, L. (Co-PI). A Follow-up Study of Male Abusers and their Partners. (University of Calgary Research Grants Committee; 2003-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (Site PI). The Justice System's Response to Family Violence Across Canada: Reflections on Regional Specificity and a National common Ground. (SSHRC Cluster Grant; 2004-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). Review of the Protection Against Family Violence Act. (Ministry of Children and Family Services; ; 2004-2005).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). YWCA Safe Visitation project-Phase II. (Calgary Foundation; 2003-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). PMS and Mothering. (The Institute for Gender Research, The Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse; 2002-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). An Assessment of the Need to Develop Services and/or Better Engage Victims of Domestic Violence in Drumheller and Surrounding Area. (Alberta Government Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying Community Incentive Fund; 2005-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). An Evaluation of the Growth Circle Groups for Abused Women. (United Way of Calgary and Area and FCSS- City of Calgary; 2005-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). Action Group Against Elder Abuse Community Initiative. (National Crime Prevention Centre; 2005-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). Evaluation of the More Than Four Percent Teacher Training on Bullying. (Alberta Government Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying Community Incentive Grants; 2005-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). Resource Manual of School-based Violence Prevention Programs Update. (Trillium Foundation of Ontario; 2005-2005).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). Evaluation of the Calgary HomeFront Specialized DV Trial Court. (HomeFront funding; 2004-2009).
  • Tutty, L. (Co-PI). Ten-Year Review of the Court Preparation Program. (The Nickel Foundation, Alberta Law Foundation; 2002-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (Co-PI). Environmental Scan of Supervised Visitation Centres. (Alberta Ministry of Children's Services; 2005/2006).
  • Tutty, L. (Co- I). The Hidden Hurt: Evaluating Violence Prevention. A National Study of the Red Cross Respected Programs. (The National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention Strategic Fund; - Trust account holder for 2002-2005).
  • Tutty, L. (Co-I, Site Coordinator). Healing Journey: A Longitudinal Study of Women Who Have Been Abused by Intimate Partners. (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - CURA; 2004-2009).
  • Tutty, L. (Co-I). Domestic Violence Protocol Project in Emergency Rooms. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research; 2004-2007).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). Safety Under the Rainbow: Evaluating this Initiative to Address Relationship Violence in the GLBT Communities in Alberta. (Alberta Government Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying Community Incentive Grants; 2005-2006).
  • Tutty, L. (PI). Evaluating the Who Do You Tell Training Initiative. (Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse; 2005-2006).
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