PREVNet  is a national research and knowledge mobilization hub that partners with researchers and organizations focused on fostering healthy relationships among children and youth. Our network is comprised of 130 researchers, representing 30 academic institutions across Canada, as well as more than 60 national youth-serving organizations. 

Our purpose is to create space where research and practice converge. We connect the best and brightest minds in the area of  bullying, youth healthy relationships and gender-based violence with the expertise of youth-serving organizations, businesses, and governments. 

This unique partnership model allows researchers to collaborate with practitioners and policy makers to ensure knowledge development is informed by on-the-ground expertise. We examine how experiences in childhood and adolescence can lead to unhealthy behaviours, and co-develop practices, programs, and policy to prevent interpersonal violence, and foster healthy relationships among children and youth.

Launched in 2006, PREVNet was  co-founded by Dr. Debra Pepler of York University and Dr. Wendy Craig of Queen’s University through funding by the Networks of Centres of Excellence. To learn more about PREVNet’s impacts, click here.

As Canada’s Healthy Relationships Hub, PREVNet is now bringing together researchers and national organizations to build research capacity, assess youth dating violence problems and promote evidence-based programs and effective policies across Canada to address and reduce youth dating violence.  

To learn more about how PREVNet is leading this Community of Practice to Address Youth Dating Violence, click here.