Speakers

guest speakers

Rebecca & Russell Dobash, emeritus professors, University of Manchester, UK, have published 11 books and numerous articles on violence, gender and murder. Their first book, ‘Violence Against Wives’ (Free Press, 1979) was groundbreaking and helped establish the field of research about violence against women. ‘Women, Violence and Social Change’, (Routledge, 1992) examined the ‘battered women’s movement’ in the UK & USA. ‘Women Viewing Violence’, with Philip Schlesinger and C. Kay Weaver (British Film Institute, 1992) examined women’s views about violence against women in the media. ‘Changing Violent Men‘ (Sage, 2000) evaluated the nature and effectiveness of abuser programmes for men convicted of violence against a woman partner. ‘When Men Murder Women’ (Oxford University Press, 2015) includes: intimate partner murders, sexual murders, the murders of older women, and the lifecourse of the perpetrators from childhood to adulthood and in prison. ‘Male-Male Murder’ (Routledge, 2020), examines Five Types of male-male murder: (Confrontational/Fighters; Murders for Money; Family Murders; Sexual Murders; Murders of Older Men), and the Lifecourse of the perpetrators (Childhood, Adulthood and In-Prison).

Lori Haskell


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Dyane  Arkoub:  Psychologist and researcher, specializing in the identification, support and care of victims of violence and psychological harassment by an intimate partner. She works as a psychologist within the AJC association for the rights of victims of domestic violence. PhD at the University of Nantes, France – Supervised by Professor Abdel Halim Boudoukha and Madame Emeline Chauchard.

Mary Aspinall is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in human justice and a master’s degree in justice studies from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. Her research interests include domestic violence and therapeutic jurisprudence. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the implementation of domestic violence treatment programs in specialized domestic violence courts across Canada.

Josée Bégin has been a case worker assistant for almost 5 years at the Bouée de Lac-Mégantic (The Lac-Mégantic Buoy), a shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. She has more than 25 years of experience in business, which allows her to understand the key importance of this issue, and giving her the desire to act and raise awareness towards it in the workplace.

Annie Bernier is a PhD candidate in applied human sciences at the University of Montreal. Her thesis focuses on the experience of survivors of trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Quebec, using an intersectional feminist approach. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and a master’s degree in Criminology specializing in forensic and information from the University of Montreal. Her main research interests are human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation, the impact of new technologies on victims of domestic violence and the socio-legal treatment of women who have experienced domestic violence. She is also coordinator of the Women and Justice research axis of Trajetvi.

Dominique Bernier has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 2008 and received her doctorate from the University of Ottawa in 2017 (PhD). Her doctoral studies focused on control practices and the court system’s response to drug and alcohol users. She is currently a professor in the Department of Legal Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research also focuses on the criminal justice process and the effects of the renunciation of rights, self-representation and access to justice, recognition of domestic violence, etc.

With a bachelor’s degree in psychoeducation, Mylène Bigaouette worked for more than seven years in the fight tackling violence against women in West Africa. Involved in the feminist milieu for many years, she has been working for the past 5 years in Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes (Federation of Women’s Shelters) as Liaison and Training Coordinator. She is responsible for cases related to the integration of intersectional feminist responses in shelters and work with children living in contexts of domestic violence.

A communicator by training and a feminist by conviction, Nathalie Bissonnette worked for Mouvement Desjardins before joining the Commission on the Status of Women more than ten years ago. She served as editor of the Gazette des femmes and as acting director of communications before joining her current research team. Nathalie is a doctoral candidate in communication at Laval University. Her research interests touch on issues related to gender equality, particularly in the agricultural sphere and on the mobilization of men to end sexual violence.

Maude Bouchard is a graphic designer, professor at Laval University’s School of Design and co-founder of the DIR workshop (An engaged and responsible design workshop). She holds a PhD in graphic design and social communication (Laval University, Canada – 2013) which focuses on contexts that encourage the involvement of graphic designers in social visual communication projects. She also holds a thesis-based master’s degree in visual arts (Université Laval, Canada – 2007) where she explored the process of graphic authorship through the design of a series of posters.

Carole Boulebsol holds a master’s degree in sociology (UPMF), a Diploma of Higher Specialized Studies in mental health (Téluq) and a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in Feminist Studies (UQAM-IREF). She is currently a doctoral student in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Montreal and a member of the Conseil scientifique du Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF – Scientific Council of the Quebec Network for Feminist Studies). In her work, she is interested in violence against women, migratory journeys, intervention and mental health. She worked as a research assistant for one of the projects led by Isabelle Marchand and Christine Corbeil on intersectional feminist intervention (in progress). She is the recipient of the prestigious 2020 doctoral scholarship from the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

Ksenia Burobina is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Montreal. Her thesis project focuses on the network trajectories of mothers who experience post-separation domestic violence in contexts of custody litigation in family courts in Quebec. Her research interests include violence against women and its tackling by various sectors of society, as well as public policy. She is a research assistant and student member at Trajetvi. She is also affiliated to the ARIMA Research Partnership.

Sastal Castro Zavala holds a PhD in social work from Laval University. She is a case worker at the Immigrant Women’s Shelter (MFI), an instructor at the Regroupement of shelters for women victims of domestic violence (The Housing Network for Women who have Experienced Domestic Violence), and a visiting professor at the PhD program in clinical psychology at the Autonomous University of Yucatan (Mexico). She is interested in intersectional and intercultural feminist social intervention with immigrant women.

Antonietta Corongiu : director of the Collective Against Domestic Violence and Exclusion

Josiane Coruzzi: Lawyer and director of the feminist non-profit Solidarité femmes which has supported and housed women and children, who have experienced domestic violence, for the last 40 years. Since 2007, she has been an instructor at the domestic and family violence resource centers which provide training for the French-speaking territory of Belgium at the request of public authorities.

Isabelle Côté, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Montreal. She is a professor of social work at Laurentian University in Sudbury where she teaches the theoretical foundations of the practice of social work. Her research draws upon a critical and feminist perspective and focuses on violence against women and children as well as social work practices.  She is one of the founding members of the FemAnVi Research Collective, as well as the author of the books Les pratiques en maison d’hébergement pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale : 40 ans d’histoire (Practices in Domestic Violence  Shelters for Women: 40 years of History) (PUQ, 2018) and Il se prenait pour le roi de la maison! Des enfants parlent de la violence conjugale (He thought he was the king of the house!: Children talk about domestic violence) (Remue-Ménage, 2018).

A sociologist by training, Christine Corbeil was a professor at the School of Social Work at the Université du Québec à Montréal from 1978 to 2008. Active member of the Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF-UQAM Institute for Research and Feminist Studies) since its creation in 1990, she was its director from 2001 to 2006. Her research interests have focused mainly on feminist discourse and maternity, family-work relationship, feminist intervention and more recently on intersectionality. In 1983, she jointly published with Carole Lazure, Gisèle Legault and Ann Pâquet-Deehy: L’intervention féministe : l’alternative des femmes au sexisme en thérapie (Feminist Intervention: Women’s Alternative to Sexism in Therapy). In 2002, she co-edited with Francine Descarries a collective work on motherhood, Espaces et temps de la maternité (Time and Space of motherhood). In 2010, she published with Isabelle Marchand, L’intervention féministe d’hier à aujourd’hui. Portrait d’une pratique sociale diversifiée (Feminist intervention from yesterday to today. A portrait of a diversified social practice). More recently, she has focused on the intersectional feminist approach, its challenges and issues for the women’s movement.

Dr. Sandi Curtis, MT-BC, MTA, is Professor Emeritus in the Music Therapy Program at Concordia University’s Creative Arts Therapies Department. She is an internationally-trained music therapist with more than 30 years’ experience in clinical practice, education, and research. Dr. Curtis specializes in work with survivors of violence, with current research interests in Feminist Music Therapy and Community Music Therapy. She is recipient of a Windsor Social Justice Person Award. Dr. Curtis has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and scholarly textbooks, with her most recent being “Music for Women (Survivors of Violence” (2019, Barcelona Publishers). She is a Research Member of the Arts in Health Research Collective, a Fellow in the Simone de Beauvoir institute, and a Research Member of PERFORM. She is co-investigator in a $2.5 million Social Sciences and Humanities (SSHRC) Partnership research grant exploring “Rape Culture on Campus & the Role & Influence of Arts & Pop Culture”.

Charlotte Dahin is a doctoral candidate in feminist and gender studies at the University of Ottawa. Previously, she obtained a master’s degree in law (UCLouvain) and an LL.M in international law (UoAberdeen). Her research interests relate to gender and forced migration, refugee rights and gender-based violence. Her thesis project focuses on the experiences of women during the refugee determination process and their relationships with immigration lawyers.

Laurence Desjardins is a sexologist and coordinator of violence-related programs at Interligne.

Jacinthe Dion, Ph. D., psychologist, is a professor in the department of health sciences at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. She is co-chair of the VISAJ Research Chair on the living conditions and health of youth. She is a member of the Trajetvi partnership for research and action (SSHC), of ÉVISSA, in addition to being a regular researcher at CRIPCAS. Her expertise focus on the adjustment and psychological and sexual well-being of teens and young adults who have experienced various adverse life events, such as violence in intimate relationships and sexual assault.

Annie Dumont worked with children exposed to domestic violence, prior to returning to graduate school. Her doctoral thesis in social work, carried out at Laval University, focused on the meaning given to domestic violence by young adults who were exposed to it in their childhood. She is also a post-doctoral fellow in psycho education at the University of Sherbrooke.

Amandine Dziewa, Master’s in Clinical Psychology (University of Liège) and Master’sin Criminology (University of Liège), doctoral candidate at the University of Liège since 2017 in Clinical Psychology of Delinquency and Addiction with  Professor Fabienne Glowacz and is a member of the research  team ARCh – adaptation, resilience and change. Research areas: intimate partner violence; sexual violence; the process of exiting violence; desistance process « 

Gaelle Fedida, PhD in Law, worked with Doctors without Borders for 18 years  before starting her work on social issues and advocacy for the rights of seniors and women  who have experienced domestic violence, and for access to medication. For the past 5 years, she has been the political advocacy coordinator of l’Alliance des maisons de 2e étape pour femmes et enfants victimes de violence conjugale au Québec (the Alliance of 2nd Stage Housing for Women and Children Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence), and currently  co-chairs Women’s Shelters Canada.

Professor in the Department of Sexology at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Mylène Fernet has a PhD in Public Health. Her research focuses on women’s sexuality from a prevention and health promotion perspective, violence in romantic relationships, risk of HIV / AIDS among vulnerable women and women of various ethnocultural backgrounds

Marie-Catherine Gagnon is a master’s candidate in public health and will begin a doctorate in global health at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal in September 2020. A feminist passionate about social justice and theempowerment of marginalized populations, Marie-Catherine has been working in collaboration with several indigenous communities in urban and remote areas in Quebec since 2016. For the past year and a half, she has been co-coordinating the Aboriginal component of the Trajectories team, led by Trajetvi. As a young researcher, Marie-Catherine is interested in empowerment and community mobilization as levers for intervention and research in global health, particularly in the field of violence against women. Inscribed in a feminist perspective, her partnership and participatory research practices are part of a research process pursuing decolonization, through results that meet the needs of the target populations while also being useful to them.

Marie-Andrée Gauthier did her university studies in social communication at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. For the past four years, she has coordinated the Réseau des tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec (Network of Regional Tables of Quebec Women’s Groups), a provincial forum for facilitating feminist analysis in each region of Quebec. She has had many years of activism experience within the feminist milieu, in particular in the prevention of sexual assaults and in the collective defense of women’s rights. She believes that it is through the collectivization of issues, solidarity and popular education that we will be able to fight injustices.

A professional musician, Sylvie Genest has received three awards from the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. She holds a teaching diploma from Quebec’s Department of Education, and a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Ottawa; she is currently pursuing doctoral studies in cultural anthropology at the University of Montreal. Her feminist approach is guided by constructivist precepts, the ingenium of systemic thinking and by research into disciplinary decompartmentalization. She is interested in how paradoxical multimodal communication is exercised in popular culture, more specifically in music and love songs.

Lise Gervais is general coordinator for liaison and development at Relais-Femmes, a liaison and knowledge transfer organization. A social worker by training, she has worked as a case worker, instructor, evaluator, coach, facilitator and coordinator for organizations. For more than twenty-five years, she has been associated with diverse research. She sits on the Community Services Committee of UQAM, on the Conseil de l’Institut de recherches en études féministes (IREF Council for the Institute for Research in Feminist Studies) at UQAM and assumes the community leadership of the SSHRC-TRAJETVI research partnership.

Sophie Gilbert, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the psychology department of Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research interests are linked to populations in precarious situations, mainly women, young adults, and parents. She specializes in qualitative research, most often conducted in collaboration with community-based organizations. Thus, the issues she is interested in are approached from a « sociopsychic » angle, in conjunction with issues related to social intervention. Sophie Gilbert is also editor-in-chief of the journal Filigrane (psychoanalytic clinic).

Florence Godmaire-Duhaime, t.s., doctoral candidate in social work, University of Montreal. My research interests focus on violence against women, precarious migratory situations and human rights-based social intervention.

Fabienne Glowacz, Doctor of Psychology, is a professor at the Faculties of Psychology and Law at the University of Liège (Belgium) where she teaches undergraduate and master’s levels courses in criminal psychology, sexual delinquency, delinquent personality as well as courses in clinical intervention methods. The topic of domestic violence is an integral part of her teaching. For more than 15 years, she has conducted and directed research on sexual violence and violence between intimate partners, in adolescents and adults. Fabienne Glowacz currently co-directs national research on the trajectories of engagement and exit of perpetrators and victims of violence between partners within the framework of the BELSPO project « Violence between partners: impact, process, evolution and public policies in Belgium ». Fabienne Glowacz is a clinical psychologist and a tribunal expert, she has acquired numerous psycho-judicial expertise and has carried out psychological follow-ups with perpetrators and victims of domestic violence.

Dr. Angela Hovey is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Lakehead University, Orillia Campus. She came to academia after many years of clinical social work practice with violence, trauma, and substance abuse issues in federal and provincial prisons, community agencies, and private practice settings. Her current areas of research focus on domestic violence and policing practices, use of harm reduction approaches in domestic violence shelters, restorative justice, male survivor treatment evaluation, and student mental health accommodations. These research areas connect her with several community and government organizations, as well as interdisciplinary research teams

Anne Jacob: General director of the not-for-profit association Praxis, a service for perpetrators of domestic violence. A psychologist working with perpetrators of domestic violence.

Estibaliz Jimenez, Ph.D. in Criminology. Professor in the Department of Psychoeducation, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Her research focuses on immigration, interculturality, women, rights, trafficking of women and honour killings.

Slim Kallel, PhD in Social Psychology from the Aix-Marseille University I. Assistant professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, University of Tunis and former director of the department of psychology (2014-2017). I work on the themes of gender-based violence, single mothers and, more recently, the fight against violent extremism by integrating the gender approach as a analytical lever. My main theoretical framework revolves around the gender approach, social representations and engaged theory.

Nathalie Lacroix, case worker for the last 5 years at La Bouée de Lac-Mégantic (The Lac-Mégantic Buoy), a shelter for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. She has 30 years of experience in the business world. She has seen colleagues grappling with the issue of domestic violence and lose their jobs. One of her greatest desires is to educate as many actors as possible in the workplace to recognize, shed light on and react quickly to domestic violence.

Julie Laforest: Scientific advisor, team leader: Safety, Violence and Trauma prevention. National Institute of Public Health of Quebec Julie Laforest has a master’s degree in social and cultural anthropology from Laval University. She has almost 15 years of experience in public health and since 2009, she has served as scientific advisor and has been responsible for violence prevention questions at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec. In the last few years, her main scientific activities have been in the field of domestic violence, the media coverage of domestic violence, family homicides, sexual assaults, and more generally, the promotion of a public health approach in violence prevention. In 2018, she co-edited the collective work « Rapport québécois sur la violence et la santé » (Quebec’s report on violence and health).

Louise Lafortune has been coordinator of social issues and intervention » at the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale (The Housing Network for Women who have Experienced Domestic Violence) since November 2014. She has worked for over thirty years in the nonprofit sector, in the areas of collective advocacy, community-based action and feminist action. She has a degree in business administration and has held management, coordinator and instructor positions and has extensive experience in adult education, especially in autonomous popular education. A committed activist, she has been involved in collaborative and educational projects and in many social struggles.

Madeline Lamboley is a professor of criminology in the department of sociology and criminology at the Université de Moncton in New Brunswick and a committed intersectional feminist. She holds a doctorate in criminology from the University of Montreal. Her doctoral thesis focused on forced marriage of immigrant women in Quebec. She is involved in several working committees dealing with this issue, and more generally on honour-based violence, and offers training to raise awareness among social actors in the field. Women in vulnerable situations, in particular immigrant women and women whose realities are underpinned by multiple problematics (sex work, mental health problems and alcohol use disorders) and their intervention needs, are at the heart of her teaching and of her research.

Marie-Eve Lamoureux is director of the Youth Criminal Justice Services and Mediation Services for the Équijustice Network, formerly the ROJAQ. She is responsible for developing and delivering mediation training in Quebec, France and Belgium, in addition to supervising the practice of supervising mediators. Marie-Eve has also assumed the role of mediator at Équijustice with minor offenders, adults and victims for nearly 20 years. She also serves as a mediator in serious crimes for Correctional Service Canada and is a member of the Quebec Order of Criminologists.

Simon Lapierre, PhD, is a professor at the University of Ottawa School of Social Work and one of the founding members of the Feminist Anti-Violence Research Collective (FemAnVi). His work has focused on violence against women and children, as well as policies and practices in shelters, in youth protection and in the justice system. He is currently leading a research project on domestic violence and parental alienation, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is the author of numerous publications, including Failure-to-Protect: Moving beyond Gendered Responses (Fernwood, 2013), Violences dans la vie des enfants et des adolescents(Violence in the lives of children and adolescents) (PUQ, 2016), and Il se prenait pour le roi de la maison: des enfants parlent de la violence conjugale (He thought he was the king of the house!: Children talk about domestic violence) (Remue-ménage, 2018).

Viktoria Lavriniuk is a Ph D student in feminist and gender studies at the University of Ottawa. She holds a master degree in economics and management from the Belarusian State Economics University. Viktoria was a part of the taskforce on drafting comprehensive law on preventing domestic violence in the Republic of Belarus and a head of the national hotline for domestic violence survivors in Belarus. Her research interest lies in the field of domestic violence and precisely how religion (Orthodox Christianity) and women’s religiosity frame their experience of DV and its aftermath.  

For 35 years, Évelyne Leblanc has worked at Équijustice Trois-Rivières, first as a case worker and, more recently, as the organization’s general manager. She is also a mediator and mediation trainer for the Équijustice network, where she supervises mediators in their accreditation process. In addition to these functions, Ms. Leblanc serves as a mediator for Correctional Service Canada’s Restorative Opportunities Program. For almost 15 years, she has been helping victims and perpetrators of serious crimes in their dialogue process.

Being passionate about human rights, Mélanie Lemay, an art therapist by training, cofounded with two of her friends, Ariane Litalien & Kimberley Marin, Quebec’s movement against sexual violence. Within less than a year, they accomplished the impossible by popularizing the term « rape culture » in Quebec, in addition to convincing the Government of Quebec to consider introducing a regulatory framework in post-secondary institutions. Their work has also led the Quebec government to invest $ 44 million to fight against sexual violence in October 2016 and $ 23 million to fight against sexual violence at universities in August 2017. Furthermore, thanks to the media and public attention they managed to attract and maintain, they succeeded in making sexual violence a priority transpartisan issue on the public and political scene. Recently Ms. Lemay joined the Juripop team as a development and community relations officer for a pilot project aimed at offering free legal advice and support services for victims of sexual violence across the province of Quebec.

Michaël Lessard is a lawyer and Doctor of Juridical Science candidate at the University of Toronto. His work focuses mainly on law of persons, bioethics, sexual violence and linguistic sexism.

Sylvie Lévesque is a sexologist and holds a PhD in public health (health promotion). She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sexology at UQAM, where she conducts research on violence and sexual and reproductive health. She is currently leading collaborative research projects on reproductive coercion (SSHRC, Secretariat for the Status of Women) and domestic violence in the perinatal period (FRQSC-MSSS). She is also interested in issues related to reproductive rights and gynecological and obstetric violence. She is a member of the Quebec Feminist Studies Network and the Domestic Violence team.

Josiane Maheu holds a master’s degree in human geography from the University of Montreal. She was a gender equality advisor with the organization SUCO on an agroecology project in Nicaragua. She then became a regional development advisor at the Lanaudière Regional Conference of Elected Officers. Now, for the last 5 years, project coordinator for the feminist organization Relais-femmes, she provides training in gender-based and intersectional analysis (ADS+), support, research, consultation and liaison at Trajetvi. She contributes to the transformation of social gender relations and other forms of discrimination with a perspective for practice renewal within organizations. She is also a member of the Conseil des Montréalaises (Council of Montrealers).

Exposure to domestic violence: prevention challenges and innovative approaches for creating new awareness-raising tools. Kathy Mathieu has worked for over 20 years with women and children who have experienced domestic or family violence. She has been a coordinator of the Table Carrefour violence conjugale Québec-métro for almost 10 years, where she is actively involved in various projects including those aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence affecting children.

Isabelle Marchand is a professor of social work at the Université du Québec en Outaouais at the Saint-Jérôme campus. She teaches in the field of collective intervention and community development. From an interdisciplinary perspective, her areas of interest are grouped under three axes: 1) feminist, intersectional intervention and community organization approaches; 2) social problems undertaken from a gender perspective; and 3) aging policies, citizenship and social participation of the elderly. She is a member of the Réseau québécois en études feministes (RéQEF – Quebec Network for Feminist Studies), the Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités et les discriminations (CREMIS – Montreal Research Centre on Inequalities and Discrimination as well as the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES – Research Centre on Social Innovations).

Karine Messier Newman is the coordinator of Carrefour sécurité en violence conjugale. She has a master’s degree in educational psychology as well as a bachelor’s degree in educational sciences. She has accumulated many years of teaching in special education at the primary and secondary school levels. In addition, enriched by this experience, she became an educational consultant at the college level and a lecturer at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Furthermore, this professional journey has led her to develop expertise in andragogy, adult education, and to collaborative partnerships in academic success for at risk youth. The knowledge and skills she has accumulated over twenty years of work in the world of education can now be transferred to improve the safety of victims of domestic violence.

Manon Monastesse, M.A. in Social Intervention, worked in the 90s defending women’s rights, more specifically on disputes surrounding the legal custody of children, including international parental abduction in Europe and the Middle East. After returning toQuebec, she continued this work at the national and international levels and completed a master’s in social intervention (UQAM) on socio-legal intervention in childcare in a context of domestic violence (2003). She then coordinated the Table de concertation en violence conjugale et agressions à caractère sexuel (a roundtable on domestic violence and sexual assault)inLaval, Quebec, from 2003 to 2006. Since 2006, she has assumed provincial leadership of Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes (Federation of Women’s Shelters). In this capacity, she has participated in several government committees, including the committee for action with children exposed to domestic violence and their families (2012-2014) as well as the expert committee on domestic homicides (2011-2012) and is currently a member of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee chaired by the Chief Coroner of Quebec. She was also a member of the various committees involved in the development of government action plans on domestic violence and of collaborative research groups. She has participated in countless conferences and events as an expert. She was co-chair of Women’s Shelters Canada for several years and also helped set up the International Network of Women’s Shelters in 2009.

Danielle Pelland has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the Université du Québec en Outaouais, which earned her the honours of Dean’s list, and the Governor General’s Academic Silver Medal. Since 2016, she has been pursuing a doctorate in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Montreal, under the supervision of Marie-Marthe Cousineau. Her scientific research interests are rooted in a rich social practice of over 15 years, serving vulnerable populations in precarious situations or subject to prejudice and affected by a panoply of « mental health » problems. The treatment of these marginalized and detached populations cannot be dissociated from their political, economic, socio-cultural and historical context. Passionate about qualitative research, she coordinates Trajetvi’s research project Trajectoires, focusing on the study of life trajectories, violence and help seeking pathways of women who have experienced domestic violence in Quebec (project funded by SSHRC). This qualitative, collaborative and participatory research, like social action, gives a voice and a path to the women participating in it with the aim of supporting the movement of social transformation towards a more egalitarian and just world, offering the possibility of real civic participation to women in all their diversity. Part of this larger study Danielle’s thesis focuses on studying the link between “domestic violence” and “mental health”. Thus, her project addresses the psychological and social suffering linked to domestic violence, as well as the strategies deployed by women to maintain their psychosocial balance, their aspirations and the recovery of power over their lives. It also studies structural violence by various institutions that are supposed to ensure women’s protection. To conclude, the study examines the medicalization and judicialization of these issues, as well as the violations of the human rights of women who have experienced domestic violence.

Sarah Perrin is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Bordeaux. Her research focuses on the social integration of women who use or traffic drugs in Bordeaux and Montreal, her work also intersects concepts of gender and deviance. Concurrently, she works in a French harm reduction organization.

Alexandra Pierre has been an activist and worker in community organizations and women’s groups for more than a decade. Her experiences as a community organizer and in research led her to take an interest in feminist issues as well as migration and racism. Notably, she works in an organization for the defense of domestic workers, at the Fédération des femmes du Québec (Federation of Quebec Women) and in a group that is concerned with public health issues and the adequate funding of community organizations in health and social services. Taking into account women living at the crossroads of oppressions has always been one of her concerns throughout her career. She holds a bachelor’s in anthropology (McGill University) and a master’s in community organization (UQÀM). She has been a member of the board of directors of the Ligue des droits et libertés (League for Rights and Freedoms) since 2014.

Audrey Plavsic is a doctoral candidate in demography at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain) and researcher for the project « Violence between partners: impact, process, evolution and public policies in Belgium » (IPV-PRO & POL). She is part of the the Center for Demographic Research and the Research Center of History, Law and Justice (CHDJ). Her work focuses on the evolution of violent deaths in Belgium, and more specifically on homicides between intimate partners.

Sylvie Pouliot recently retired after thirty years of teaching in the United States and Canada, twenty-four of which were at Laval University’s School of Design. Still concerned about environmental and social issues, she continues her research at Laval University as an associate professor in the DIR workshop (An engaged and responsible design workshop), which she co-founded with her colleague Maude Bouchard in 2006. The DIR workshop is a space and a vehicle for research, thinking and exploration that encourages the development of innovative solutions and helps tackle identity, semantic, ethical, social, humanitarian and environmental issues related to the development of graphic design projects.

Pierre-Guillaume Prigent : ATER (Temporary Teaching and Research Attaché) and doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Western Brittany, in Brest, France. His thesis is tentatively entitled The Mechanisms of Male Violence Against Separated Mothers and Their Children. His academic advisors are Arlette Gautier (University of Western Brittany, Brest, France) and Patrizia Romito (University of Trieste, Italy). Based on interviews with women separated from a violent ex-partner with whom they have had children, he analyzes the perpetrators’ strategy and the response of institutions to the violence.

Laure Razon, Assistant Professor, PhD, HDR, at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Strasbourg. France. Part of my teaching and most part of my research relate to violence and the psychopathology of the bond within the family (incest) and within the couple: domestic violence. I investigate the origins of their dysfunctions as well as their consequences for victims. My work is most often linked to that of my colleagues in law and sociology. I also work as a psychologist with children and their parents at the Psychopedagogical Medical Center. I am also an instructor of violence related training to care professionals on sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Theophilos Rifiotis was a visiting professor at the University of Montreal (2011) and the University of Buenos Aires (2006 and 2008), as well as in several universities in Brazil. Visiting researcher at the Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention sociologique (CADIS – Centre for Analysis and Sociological Intervention) of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris (2011-2012, 2016), at the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la violence familiale et la violence faite aux femmes (CRI-VIFF – Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence against Women) (2011), at the Centre international de criminologie comparée (CICC – International Centre for Comparative Criminology) and at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montreal (1999-2000). Doctor of Sociology (University of São Paulo, 1994) and Masters at Paris Descartes University – Paris V (1982). Director of LEVIS (Laboratory for the Study of Violence) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina since 1996. Researcher at CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil). Representative of Anthropology on the Scientific Council of CNPq since 2019. Member of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (ABA).

Jean-Paul Sanderson, PhD in Demography, is a researcher at the Center for Demographic Research at the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve). One of his specialties is the analysis of mortality and more specifically of socio-spatial disparities. He is currently participating in ongoing interdisciplinary research on « Violence between partners: impact, process, evolution and public policies in Belgium »

Marie-Hélène Senay has been communication and political analysis coordinator at Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes (Federation of  Women’s Shelters) since 2013. She previously worked in a French organization for asylum seeker and migrant reception, always aiming to defend the rights of the most vulnerable. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in political science from UQAM as well as a certificate from the Paris Institute of Political Studies. She is interested in all public policies, in particular those relating to social justice and equality for all women.

Dr. Susan Scott is an Associate Professor with the School of Social Work at Lakehead University, Orillia Campus. She teaches social policy and all areas of macro social work. Susan has extensive practice experience in a broad range of social work fields (e.g., justice, children’s services, mental health). She is currently engaged in research related to domestic violence and policing as well as the use of harm reduction approaches in women’s shelters.

Jean-Louis Simoens: Case worker since 1998 at the Collective Against Domestic Violence and Exclusion (CVFE) in Liège, Belgium, a service specialized in supporting women who have experienced domestic violence. He is also head of the partnership service in domestic and family violence at CVFE, the coordinator of their domestic violence hotline and an instructor and coordinator of the domestic violence resource centers in the Walloon region.

Katja Smedslund Ph.D., is project coordinator at the Table de concertation en violence conjugale de Montréal (a roundtable on domestic violence and sexual assault) for the project Pratiques concertées pour optimiser la sécurité des femmes victimes de violence conjugale et de leurs enfants (Concertedpractices to optimize the safety of women who have experienced domestic violence and their children). The project is funded by the Department for Women and Gender Equality. She holds a doctorate that focused on domestic violence policies in Europe from the New Sorbonne University in Paris and has lived in Montreal for ten years. Since a post-doctorate at CRI-VIFF at the University of Montreal, she has been working on various social and political issues related to domestic violence as a project coordinator, instructor, researcher, and educator.

Gwenola Sueur : Junior researcher, master’s candidate in Gender Studies, Master 2, Body and Biopolitics, at the University of Angers and Western Brittany. Her research thesis, under the supervision of Arlette Gautier is entitled: « ‘I will hand over the children once my wife has been killed’. Cestas: the construction of a myth as a strategy to conceal male violence ». It focuses on the founding act of groups of separated and divorced fathers in France, a double filicide. She is co-founder of Réseau International des Mères en Lutte (the International Network of Activist Mothers).

Jean-Jacques Tremblay is a professor at Laval University’s School of Design. With over 30 years of production experience, he is the director of the animation program in arts and science.

Mathilde Trou is one of the political advocacy coordinators  and the communications manager at the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale (The Housing Network for Women who have Experienced Domestic Violence). After being passionate about political issues for many years, she decided to make it her field of study and obtained a master’s degree in political science. After a few years in a large communications and public affairs agency in Paris, she worked briefly at the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale (The Housing Network for Women who have Experienced Domestic Violence) before joining a federal government agency as a communications consultant. A few years later, wanting to reorient herself towards a community-based  organization and pushed by her feminist activism, she rejoined the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale (The Housing Network for Women who have Experienced of Domestic Violence) in September 2018.

Charlotte Vanneste, Doctor of Criminology, is a research fellow at the National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (Brussels) and lecturer at the University of Liège in Belgium. One of her current areas of research is public policy on violence between intimate partners. She is the author of a research report and several publications relating to Belgian criminal policy in this area, and coordinates ongoing interdisciplinary research on « Violence between partners: impact, process, evolution and public policies in Belgium ».

Eva Vergaert is a doctoral candidate at the RHEA, Center of expertise on gender, diversity and intersectionality, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium). Eva conducts research on intersectionality, gender-based violence and public policy. She is currently working on the project « Violence between partners: impact, process, evolution and public policies in Belgium (IPV-PRO & POL) ».

Alexandra Vincent is a doctoral student in social work at the University of Ottawa and research coordinator at the Feminist Anti-Violence Research Collective (FemAnVi). She is interested in practices of support and defense of rights of women and children who have experienced domestic violence as well as in the sociolegal treatment of domestic violence in family law and child protection.