Crime victims assistance centres, commonly referred to as CAVACs, are community organizations that participate in the implementation of a victims assistance program.

CAVACs are non-profit organizations and are governed by the Act respecting assistance for victims of crime .

CAVACs are managed by a board of directors elected at a general meeting.

A CAVAC team is made up mainly of professionals working in the area of social intervention, such as social workers, psychologists and criminologists.

CAVACs are financed through an assistance fund for victims of crime known as the Fonds d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels and must report annually to the Minister of Justice of Québec on their activity.

There are currently 16 crime victims assistance centres in Québec.

Map of the CAVAC network (353 Kb)

CAVAC network activities

Working with various partners, the CAVAC network periodically organizes events at which specialists discuss various aspects of victims’ experiences. The presentations are available in text and video format.

Conference held on April 28 and 29, 2009
Conference held on April 15, 2008

About the BAVAC

The crime victims assistance office, or BAVAC (Bureau d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels) is affiliated with the Ministère de la Justice and was created by the Act respecting assistance for victims of crime enacted in 1988. The mission of the BAVAC is to promote the rights of victims as recognized in its constituent Act and to see to the development of services to assist the victims. To that end, the role of the BAVAC is to promote the establishment of crime victims assistance centres (CAVACS), and to support their setting up and ensure their presence throughout Québec.