On September 30, the assistance centre for victims of crime (CAVAC) in the Montérégie region celebrated its 20th anniversary at an event at Hôtel Alt in Quartier Dix30, attended by over 70 guests and partners.
20 years of service and partnership! This is what the CAVAC wanted to highlight. Several people addressed the gathered guests, including Mtre Natacha Hébert, chair of the CAVAC board of directors, and Chief Inspector Jocelyn Latulippe, Sûreté du Québec Commander for the Montérégie district, describing some of the changes to CAVAC services over the last twenty years.
The CAVAC has developed a unique expertise in dealing with the victims of crime. It focuses mainly on the personal recovery of each victim and on restoring the balance upset by the commission of the crime.
The CAVAC for the Montérégie region offers services throughout the area, thanks to service points at the Longueuil, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Hyacinthe and Sorel-Tracy courthouses. During the last year of activity, case workers provided services on 41 500 separate occasions to over 10 000 individuals.
Earlier in the day, a collaboration agreement was unveiled, in the presence of Chief Inspector Jocelyn Latulippe, commander for the Montérégie district, and Chief Inspector François Roux, director of information and criminal investigations.
The agreement reflects a joint willingness to work more closely with the victims of crime. Better access to services will ensure a more rapid response to victims’ needs and a swifter start to the healing process.