About us


The Canada Research Chair in Violence Against Children was financed for 5 years in November 2010 through the Research Chair Program of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The research projects are integrated into the programmation of the Centre de recherche Jeunes en difficulté du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l’Ile-de-Montréal.

The RCVAC aims to better understand the children victimization trajectories and dynamics and their consequences on the child's development. Guided by an holistic approach, the Chair makes it possible to decompartmentalize studies on violence against children in the various aspects of their lives. A global approach such as this is essential in order to better understand their past experiences, their victimization trajectory, and the impact violence has on their development. It also allows the improvement and development of adapted support programs for the children and families in a situation of psychosocial vulnerability.

The chairholder, Dr Marie-Ève Clément, is a professor for the Department of Psychoeducation and Psychology at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and has obtained a doctorate degree in Community Psychology.

Violence made against children has been known for many years as one of the most important public health issues in the world. Whether it is lived in the family, at school or in the community, violence carries serious consequences on the child's development and is often conducted in contexts of vulnerability within the family, where multiple risk factors may be found.