Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la violence familiale et la violence faite aux femmes


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:

  • 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.