Peel Institute on Violence Prevention (PIVP), the research arm of Family Services of Peel was established as a collaborative initiative focusing on the prevention of all forms of violence in Peel. Grounded in an anti-oppression, anti-racism framework, PIVP operates from a data-driven, evidence-informed, impact evaluation model. It includes the combined perspectives of the diverse population of Peel, clients, survivors, service providers, community agencies, and academia.
Our research approach is scientific investigation, community involvement and participatory engagement. The Institute’s work emphasizes collective inquiry and experimentation grounded in experience and social history.
Our research process is guided by critical thinking. This includes actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information to reach an answer or conclusion. It is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence. It incorporates qualities, concepts, and processes such as creativity, imagination, discovery, reflection, empathy, connecting knowledge, feminist theory, subjectivity, ambiguity, and inclusion.
Our research work focuses on survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, youth violence, and human trafficking for the following at risk groups: youth, seniors, women, Aboriginal population, people with disabilities, and male victims of sexual assault/abuse. The work of PIVP will enable the reorganization of services and programs to be more focused on survivors’ needs.