Organization of the CAVAC

Information on the Mauricie CAVAC may be found under the headings:

Board of directors

The Mauricie CAVAC board of directors consists of:

Monsieur Carl Dessureault Chair
Madame Marielle Bonin Vice-Chair
Monsieur Pierre Boisvert Secretary
Monsieur Benoît Villemure Treasurer
Me Jacques Blais Director
Madame Solange Dupuis-Lamothe Director
Madame Julie Carpentier Director
Madame Sylvie Biscaro Director General

Team of professionals

The Mauricie CAVAC team is made up of professionals with training in the social services, psychoeducation, social sciences and criminology. Persons who avail themselves of the services of the CAVAC receive assistance from specialists in post-trauma intervention.

The services are available in French, English, Spanish and Italian.

Background

In June 1988, the Government of Québec enacted legislation setting out measures to address the needs and concerns of victims of crime. The Act respecting assistance for victims of crime defines "victim of crime", recognizes the rights and duties of victims and establishes crime victims assistance centres (CAVACs). The Minister of Justice also created an assistance fund for victims of crime known as the Fonds d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminals at that time to ensure the funding for the assistance centres.

The Trois-Rivières CAVAC officially opened on February 1, 1990. Under the Act, the CAVAC clientele consists of "victims of a crime". This expression may be defined as "[any] natural person who suffers physical or psychological injury or material loss by reason of a criminal offence committed in Québec, whether or not the perpetrator is identified, apprehended, prosecuted or convicted."

This broad definition considers the victim in a social context to include the immediate family and the victim's dependants. The overall objective of the CAVAC is to ensure that victims' rights are respected. Its mission is to provide services that will assist victims in dealing with their needs arising from the event they have experienced while treating them with courtesy, fairness and understanding and with respect for their dignity and privacy.

The Trois-Rivières CAVAC continued to expand its services and opened a number of service points in the surrounding area. On October 28, 1997, the Trois-Rivières CAVAC became the Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec CAVAC, offering services to the population of both the Mauricie (04) and Centre-du-Québec (17) regions.

The Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec CAVAC then became the Mauricie CAVAC on April 1, 2003, following the establishment of a new CAVAC to serve the Centre-du-Québec area.

1989
Formation of the interim board of directors.

1990
Official opening of the Trois-Rivières CAVAC on February 1, 1990.

1992
Beginning of court accompaniment services at the Trois-Rivières courthouse.

1995
Relocation of the CAVAC to 550, rue Bonaventure, Suite 06, Trois-Rivières.

1995
Official opening of CAVAC service point in Suite RC-12 of the Trois-Rivières courthouse.

1996
Production of a video highlighting the services offered by the CAVAC.

1997
Change of name: the Trois-Rivières region crime vicitms assistance centre became the Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec crime vicitms assistance centre. Establishment of a toll-free telephone number, 1 888 55CAVAC, to serve the two administrative regions.

1998
Opening of service points for the provision of court accompaniment services at the courthouses in Drummondville, Shawinigan and Victoriaville.

1999
Publishing of a new CAVAC brochure and production of a document describing CAVAC services offered at the courthouses.

2000
Participation in the 10th International Symposium on Victimology. Tribute evening to highlight the 10th anniversary of the CAVAC network. Visit by then Minister of Justice, Paul Bégin, to the CAVAC main office.

2001
Relocation of the CAVAC to 118, rue Radisson, Suite 300, in Trois-Rivières. Involvement in the work of the CAVAC network statistics committee. Participation in the open house at the Trois-Rivières courthouse as part of "Rendez-vous de la justice".

2002
Signature of the protocol on the exchange of information as part of the Statement of Services Available to Citizens . Participation in the open house at the Shawinigan, Victoriaville and Drummondville courthouses.

2003
Establishment of an independent CAVAC for the Centre-du-Québec region. Change of name. The Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec crime victims assistance centre became the Mauricie crime victims assistance centre on April 1, 2003. Visit by the then Minister of Justice, Marc Bellemare, to the CAVAC main office.

2004
Opening of a CAVAC service point at the La Tuque courthouse.

2005
Tribute evening to highlight the Mauricie CAVAC's fifteenth anniversary. Visit by the Minister of Justice, Yvon Marcoux.

2006
Visit of the director of the Bureau d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels (BAVAC), Robert Caron, to the head office of the CAVAC. Workshop on loss and mourning by Jean Monbourquette, psychologist and priest, and Isabelle D'Asprémont, grieving therapist, at the CAVAC for the Mauricie region. Conference organized by the CAVAC for the Mauricie region as part of the “Nathalie Foundation” awareness and promotion campaign, with Nathalie Simard.

2007
Production and launch of a video on CAVAC services. Official signing of an agreement for the implementation of the CAVAC youth information service under the agreement on the exchange of information concerning court files at Youth Court.

2008
Production and launch of translated information tools for the Atikamekw population in the Mauricie region. Signing of the Intersectoral agreement on persons with an intellectual impairment or an invasive developmental disorder, whether victims or offenders and whether or not involved in a court case.

2009
Participation in National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Launch of the new edition of the guide for teenagers, “En parler c'est pas un crime!”.

2010
The CAVAC in the Mauricie region hosted an evening reception for over 100 guests to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Participation in National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Production and launch of the video «Chaque victime compte» (in french).

2011
Signing of the Protocole d’entente régional pour l’implantation d’un service d’agent d’intervention (SAI). Relocation of the CAVAC's headquarters at 950, rue Royale, Suite 104, Trois-Rivières.

2012
Signing of the agreement concerning access to the information needed to implement information programs for victims of crime.

2013
Provision of local services to the general public in the Maskinongé regional county municipality and school system.

Service area

The service area of the Mauricie CAVAC corresponds to the judicial districts under the authority of the Trois-rivières  courthouse (judicial district of Trois-Rivières), Shawinigan  courthouse (judicial district of Saint-Maurice) and La Tuque  courthouse (judicial district of Saint-Maurice).

To find out in which judicial district your municipality is located, click here .