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Équipe Violence Sexuelle et Santé (ÉVISSA)

logo-evissaCreated in April 2007, the ÉVISSA team is an interdisciplinary group
of researchers with specific and complementary expertise.
They share common goals, such as achieving a comprehensive
understanding of sexual violence, more specifically its consequences
on mental, physical and sexual health, in different life contexts (family, childhood and early adult relationships). The ÉVISSA team is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQ-SC).

The research activities are structured around three axes and objectives:

  • Axis I - Disclosure and diversity of medical, social and legal pathways

    Identify the pathways of children, adolescents and adults victims of violence through the different steps following disclosure (e.g. medical evaluation, police investigation, legal action, seeking help from specialist gencies, support from parents and peers) in order to improve investigative practices, identify barriers to seeking help and support for victims of violence in addition to better define the factors promoting disclosure, especially in young children who are often very vulnerable.
  • Axis II - Analysis of personal, familial and social determinants associated with the consequences of sexual violence and understanding the related processes to resilience and re-victimization pathways.

    Analyze personal, familial and social determinants associated with the consequences of sexual violence, better understand resilience and re-victimization pathways and help develop explanatory models of the impact of sexual violence.
  • Axis III - Evaluation of intervention and prevention practices

    Evaluate intervention and prevention practices of sexual violence while taking into account the specific issues of each clientele (for example, preschool children, adolescents, adult men and women, youth with intellectual disabilities) and document best emerging practices in order to develop programs that meet the needs of children, adolescents and adults.



Regular researchers

Martine Hébert, Ph.D.
Scientific leader
Département de sexologie, UQAM

Karine Baril, Ph.D.
Département de psychoéducation et de psychologie, UQO

Manon Bergeron, Ph.D.
Département de sexologie, UQAM

Sophie Boucher, Ph.D.
Département de sexologie, UQAM

Mireille Cyr, Ph.D.
Département de psychologie, UdeM

Isabelle V. Daignault, Ph.D.
École de criminologie, UdeM

Isabelle Daigneault, Ph.D.
Département de psychologie, UdeM

Jacinthe Dion, Ph.D.
Département des sciences de la santé, UQAC

Mylène Fernet, Ph.D.
Département de sexologie, UQAM

Jean-Yves Frappier, MD, FRCP
Département de pédiatrie, UdeM
Section de médecine de l'adolescence, CHU Sainte-Justine

Natacha Godbout, Ph.D.
Département de sexologie, UQAM

Rachel Langevin, Ph.D.
Department of Educational and counselling psychology, McGill University

Francine Lavoie, Ph.D.
École de psychologie, Université Laval

Alison Paradis, Ph.D.
Département de sexologie, UQAM

Research collaborators

Odin Hjemdal, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

Maria Oliveira Costa, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (Brazil)

Nathalie Parent, Ph.D.
Département Fondements et pratiques en éducation, Université Laval

Monique Tardif, Ph.D.
Département de sexologie, UQAM



Mélanie St-Hilaire, M.A.
ÉVISSA team coordinator
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