The Act respecting assistance for victims of crime sets out measures to address the needs and concerns of victims of crime. It defines the notion of victim and recognizes the rights and duties of victims.

The Act recognizes that victims of crime have the right to be treated with courtesy, fairness, and understanding and with respect for their dignity and privacy, and it is these values that guide the CAVACs in their actions.

CAVACs offer assistance regardless of whether the perpetrator of the crime has been identified, apprehended, prosecuted or convicted.

CAVACs treat victims with respect for their needs and proceed at a pace which is comfortable for the victims. They believe in the ability of victims to manage their lives and to make the decisions that affect them.