1 The experience and perspective of children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence
This qualitative and participative research aims at documenting the experience and perspective of francophone children and adolescents who have been exposed to domestic violence in Quebec and Ontario.
2017), Difficult but close relationships: Children’s perspectives on the relationships with their mothers in the context of domestic violence, Violence Against Women (
Canada Québec, 2016 Éditeurs: Lapierre, S., G. Lessard & L. Hamelin-Brabant, Placer l’expérience et le point de vue des enfants et des adolescents au centre des recherches sur l’exposition à la violence conjugale, Enfants, adolescents, violence et société, Presses de l’Université du Québec
28, Numéro 1, 250-275 (2016), « La vérité sort de la bouche des enfants » : l’importance de donner la parole aux enfants exposés à la violence conjugale, Nouvelles pratiques sociales, Volume
22, 51-67 (2015), Comprendre le contexte de la violence pour rendre visibles les inégalités de pouvoir entre les femmes et les hommes : le point de vue d’enfants et d’adolescents exposés à la violence conjugale, Enfances, familles, générations, Volume
Simon Lapierre, Isabelle Côté, Dominique Damant, Marie Drolet, Chantal Lavergne and Geneviève Lessard, in partnership with the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2010-2011, 2011-2016
2 Domestic Violence and Parental Alienation (Part I)
The purpose of this research is to assess the extent of the phenomenon by which women who are victims of domestic violence are accused of parental alienation. This qualitative and quantitative study was conducted in several shelters across Quebec.
65, 120-126 (2016), Abused women and the threat of parental alienation: Shelter workers’ perspectives, Children and Youth Services Review, Volume
Simon Lapierre and Isabelle Côté, in partnership with Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale, Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes and Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes
3 Sexual violence on university campuses
The objective of this qualitative research was to document the experience of women survivors of sexual violence on university campuses.
Simon Lapierre, Patrick Ladouceur, Isabelle Côté and Michèle Frenette in partnership with CALACS francophone d’Ottawa
4 Action research aiming at the development, the implementation and the evaluation of an intervention tool facilitating mother-child communication in the context of domestic violence
This action research project aims to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention tool to facilitate mother-child communication in the context of domestic violence. The intervention tool is now implemented in shelters in Canada and the United States.
Simon Lapierre, Chantal Bourassa, Cécile Coderre, Isabelle Côté, Dominique Damant, Marie-Luce Garceau, Louise Hamelin, Chantal Lavergne et Geneviève Lessard, in partnership with Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale and Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2012-2016
5 "Help me to protect them": Sociojudicial interventions in the context of domestic violence and the consequences on mother-child relationship
This projects aimed to highlight the consequences of sociojudicial interventions on the mother-child relationship in context of domestic violence. It denounced the injustices experienced by women when sociojudicial interventions are not adapted to the domestic violence post-separation context, interventions which consequently compromise the security of women and their children. This project included the making of a documentary and pedagogical material.
Simon Lapierre, Charlotte Gagnon and Michèle Frenette, in partnership with La Maison d’Ariane
Agence de santé et de services sociaux des Laurentides, University of Ottawa, 2015-2016
6 Catherine Flynn's Postdoctoral Project
This postdoctoral research was done as a part of the Voices Against Violence project led by Helene Berman from Western University (ON). The project aimed to put young women from the street to action in order to better understand the repercussions of structural violence in their intimate relationships and to experiment with strategies that allowed them to reduce the risks of experiencing violence in those relationships.
A participatory action research project based on arts and media was done with a group of young women from the streeet (16 to 25 years old) from the region of Quebec. This method actively involved the participants at each step of the research project and was done in a process of social change and the reappropriation of the power to act.