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The founding members of CRIPCAS began working together in 1992, through a research partnership called PRIMASE. The PRIMASE team studied the sexual abuse of children. The research axes were focused on: 1) incidence and prevalence; 2) risk factors and prevention; 3) decision-making; 4) the multidimensional profile of the different actors; and 5) evaluative research.

The research projects and scientific activities of PRIMASE, as well as those of two other teams funded by the FCAR - working on marital and interpersonal relations - were gradually integrated into a broader research structure. This new structure formed the basis of what was to become a strategic network. Set up in 2002, CRIPCAS now focuses on sexual abuse (children, teenagers, women and men) as well as intimate relationship problems and the links between these two issues. At the present time, CRIPCAS members are involved in over 50 research projects having to do with one or more of the research axes.

Mission and Goals

CRIPCAS aims to deepen the body of knowledge around sexual abuse and intimate relationship problems, while taking into account the interaction and intersectoriality of these two themes.

The Centre promotes the carrying out of research, training and knowledge transfer activities around intimate relationship problems and sexual abuse, as well as the overlap between the two themes.

CRIPCAS is concerned with advancing research in these two fields and making accessible results and outcomes of scientific activity. To this end, the Centre carries out its activities in collaboration with a variety of partners from the academic, institutional and community sectors. Specifically, CRIPCAS pursues the following goals:

  • Contribute to knowledge development in the fields of intimate relationship problems and sexual abuse through a variety of multidimensional approaches to these themes, taking into account the family, and especially, victims, aggressors and children.
  • Train the next generation, by providing a dynamic training environment, in which the student community has access to varied expertise.
  • Provide a space for members to exchange on similar themes, in order to promote interdisciplinarity, innovation and the sharing of expertise.
  • Ensure dissemination, transfer and application of knowledge in the academic community as well as in the various practice communities of members and partners, at both the international and provincial levels.