In the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at the École Polytechnique, the
Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada extended an
invitation to all Canadian Universities to submit research proposals in
collaboration with community partners. In Québec, Université de
Montréal, Université Laval and McGill University in partnership with a
province-wide association of community social services along with the
provincial coalition of women’s groups submitted a proposal to
establish a research centre. This proposal was accepted and it is here
in 1992, that CRI-VIFF was created. At the same time four other
research centres opened across the country. The CRI-VIFF is an active
partner in the Alliance of Five Research Centres on Violence.
The CRI-VIFF promotes the realization of research, training and
knowledge transfer activities on family violence and violence against
women issues as well as the social responses that are brought about.
The CRI-VIFF pursues the following goals:
The CRI-VIFF’s founding partners
- Contributing to knowledge advancement on domestic violence and
violence against women issues with a multidimensional and a global
approach which takes into account consider the victims’, the
aggressors’ and the childrens’ realities.
- Providing training to the future researchers on family violence
and violence against women by creating a stimulating environment where
students benefit from diversified and rich expertises.
- Ensuring dissemination and knowledge transfer amoungst the
scientific, social and institutional community on regional, national
and international foregrounds.
The four charter members are: Université de Montréal
; Université Laval
; Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux (AQESSS)