The objectives aimed by the RCVAC are of fundamental (axis 1) and applied (axis 2) nature. This way, the activities undertaken by the Chair are spread within one of the two following axis
Axis 1 - Epidemiological Research
In regards to the first axis, the Chair aims to contribute to the development of epidemiological knowledge on the form and types of violence within the various life contexts of children, as well as their impacts on their psychosocial evolution.
These types include the cumulation of parental and domestic violence, violence with siblings and other manifestations experienced by children in the family or community (e.g.: assault, sexual abuse, crimes, intimidation). Specifically, the objectives aim to:
- Document the reach, frequency and evolution of contexts and dynamics of violence experienced by children in the family or the community;
- Identify the risk factors and the impacts of these contexts on the child's psychosocial evolution (e.g.: repeated victimization, depression, aggressiveness, anxiety, academic standing) and on the family's (e.g.: parental capacity, intergenerational cycle, domestic violence);
- Identify the victimization trajectories of children;
- Establish a typology by analyzing groups, interactions and concomitances between the various manifestations of violence in the child's life (private or public).
The research projects integrated into this axis are also included in the programmation of the LaREM funded by the Canadian Fund for Innovation.
Axis 2- Evaluative Research
With this second axis, the Chair aims to assess the establishment and efficiency of psychosocial intervention programs for children and their family.
More specifically, the objectives aim to:
- Measure the efficiency of programs that aimed at improving and supporting collaborations between networks working with children and their family;
- Document the establishment and results of programs and services aimed at families and children living in contexts of psychosocial vulnerability;
- Support the efforts made to improve these programs, services, and interventions.