Welcome to the home of The Healthy Relationships Project!

We are looking for participants aged 16-19 to be involved in a research project. Read on for more information about the project and how you can get involved!


This is a community-based participatory research project. We are working to develop programs for schools to help prevent teen dating violence. We want to work with young people to create a curriculum for students in grades 8-9 that addresses issues of gender and violence.


This project is run by staff members from Planned Parenthood Ottawa and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women – two organizations with extensive knowledge and experience with addressing issues around sexuality, health, gender, violence and justice. These two organizations are partnering with Drs. Sarah Flicker and Jen Gilbert, professors at York University (in Toronto). This project is funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada. 


Violence within young people’s dating relationships is a big problem in Canada. 20 % of Canadian teens report being victimized by dating violence, 9% by sexual violence, 35% by emotional and psychological violence, and upwards of 30% by online dating violence. However, only 8% of teens who experience dating violence report reaching out to a trusted adult for help (*PREVNet, February 2020). We are hoping to learn more about young people’s perceptions on teen dating violence so that we can develop a curriculum that will better support young people to develop and sustain healthy relationships of all kinds. 


In order to develop a meaningful curriculum, we want to understand what young people think when it comes to issues like healthy and unhealthy relationships, gender, consent, and the best ways to teach about these issues in schools. That’s where you come in! 

We are seeking participants aged 16-19 to participate in a 90-minute virtual focus group study which will be audio/video-recorded. You will also be asked to fill out a short survey. For your participation, you will receive a $20 gift card to a store of your choice (Amazon, Apple, Loblaws, Sephora).  

We have the following sessions available:

Indigenous Youth from age 16 – 24: June 10th from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

 2SLGBTQ+ Youth from age 16 – 19: June 17th from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

If you are interested in joining this study please fill out the Google Form here or if you simply want more information, please send an email to healthyrelationshipsprojectca@gmail.com. Please indicate the date of the session you want to attend. We will then send you a detailed email outlining everything you need to know about what it means to take part in this study. 

Thanks for your interest in this project, and stay safe!

*February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February 23, 2020). https://www.prevnet.ca/blog/campaigns/february-is-teen-dating-violence-awareness-month