Psychological harassment: Joane Turgeon suspended from the University of Montreal

Psychological harassment: Joane Turgeon suspended from the University of Montreal

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Psychologist and lecturer Joane Turgeon has been suspended from the University of Montreal, after our Bureau of Investigation revealed that she had been fired from SOS Violence conjugale following a allegations of workplace harassment.

“Ms. Turgeon was notified during the day [Wednesday] that she was suspended until the University of Montreal could do the necessary checks to clarify the situation,” confirmed Geneviève O'Meara, spokesperson for the university institution. 

Quebec reference in matters of domestic and psychological violence, expert invited in several media and in court, Joane Turgeon has been teaching for thirty years at the Faculty of Continuing Education. She was again this fall at the head of the course “Family and conjugal violence”.

However, our Bureau of Investigation revealed yesterday that Joane Turgeon allegedly manipulated and belittled at least three women who worked alongside her, while she was executive director of SOS violence conjugale. About twenty people have agreed to testify – on condition of anonymity – of her problematic behaviors that have arisen over the years. 

In office since 2008, Joane Turgeon was fired in 2017 at the following an external investigation covering, among other things, dozens of incidents of psychological harassment in the workplace, spread over two years. The University of Montreal was not aware of these allegations. 

Now 67, the psychologist denies all of the charges against her. Rather, she maintains that she herself was the victim of psychological harassment by subordinates, who allegedly lied and conspired to push her out. 

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In the years following her dismissal, Joane Turgeon continued to lead a brilliant career in the public sphere. In 2019, she participated in the documentary Facing the Monsters by Ingrid Falaise, who was also spokesperson for SOS violence conjugale from 2015 to 2018. 

“The first thing I want to do , it is to believe the victims”, pleads the actress and author, who however maintains that she has never witnessed any gesture of harassment on the part of Joane Turgeon. 

Ingrid Falaise has nevertheless distanced herself from Joane Turgeon in recent years, after she was informed of some of her problematic behaviors. This warning would have prompted her not to retain his services for the two sequels to her documentary. 

Confidential investigation

It is impossible to know if the order of psychologists – of which Joane Turgeon is a member – intends to look into this file, the investigations of the office of the syndic being confidential. 

“It is impossible to know when they begin and when they end, unless they result in a complaint to the Disciplinary Board. That said, a trustee can investigate as soon as information is brought to his attention,” commented Krystelle Larouche, the organization’s communications advisor. 

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