The Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intimate Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse (Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les problèmes conjugaux et les agressions sexuelles - CRIPCAS) is a strategic cluster funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Society and Culture (FRQSC) since 2002. It currently gathers 31 permanent researchers, 57 collaborators, about 60 partners in practice settings and more than 250 graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. CRIPCAS connects researchers from a variety of disciplines including psychology, sexology, psychiatry, social work, pediatrics, sociology, nursing, psychoeducation and physical education. Located at the Université de Montréal, it brings together researchers from six other Quebec universities: Université du Québec à Montréal, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
CRIPCAS is unique given its research programming that focusses on sexual abuse and intimate relationship problems, as well as the existing associations between these two issues. Given CRIPCAS’ vocation, many of its researchers also work as clinicians, whose work is therefore rooted in practice. In addition, partnerships and collaborations with many practice settings contribute to the development of knowledge about best practices, but also the development and evaluation of many prevention and intervention models.