Organization of the CAVAC

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

Board of directors

The Outaouais CAVAC board of directors consists of:

François Asselin Chair
Armand Gravel Vice-Chair
Michel Côté Treasurer
Isabelle Roy Secretary
Benoit Charron Director
Yves Laperrière Director
Marc Philippe Director
Pascal Rheault Director

Team of professionals

People applying for services at the CAVAC for the Outaouais region can count on assistance from a skilled multidisciplinary team in the fields of social work, sexology, criminology and psychoeducation.

The CAVAC professionals are trained in the field of psychosociojudicial intervention. They are able to respond to situations involving post-traumatic stress, and their knowledge of the judicial system also means that they can inform victims of crime about the criminal justice system and provide support throughout the process.

Skills upgrading for staff members is also a priority for the CAVAC.

Services are provided in French and English.

Background

The organization Service Action Communautaire Outaouais (SACO) had the mandate to manage and develop programs designed to provide citizens with an alternative to the justice system. In working with the victim/young offender conciliation program, support workers became aware of the true impact of victimization and the needs of victims and also of the fact that there were very few services available to support these clients. SACO's interest in creating assistance services for crime victims in the region grew out of the victim/young offender conciliation program, and it was SACO which sponsored the creation of the Gatineau crime victims assistance centre.

In November 1987, SACO decided to expand its services to assist all victims of crime and witnesses in the Outaouais region. Shirlaine Day, a criminologist working with SACO, was in charge of the proposal for a victim assistance project that was submitted to the Ministère de la Justice du Québec.

On June 17, 1988, the Act respecting assistance for victims of crime came into force, authorizing the Minister of Justice to grant financial assistance for the development of assistance services for victims of crime.

Shirlaine Day's project was consistent with the Department's policies on assistance to victims of crime, and following a number of meetings between the management of SACO and the crime victims assistance office of the Ministère de la Justice, an agreement was reached that would allow SACO to set up a CAVAC on certain terms and conditions.

The start of June 1989 marked the beginning of the crime victims assistance centre implementation phase.

On November 14, 1989, following a news conference to mark its opening, the Outaouais CAVAC took its first calls.

On September 17, 1990, premises were reserved at the Hull courthouse where Outaouais CAVAC support workers can meet with crime victims and witnesses in the mornings.

In June 1991, the Outaouais CAVAC was incorporated and began operating independently. The organization received its letters patent on June 10, 1991.

The Outaouais CAVAC held its first general meeting in November 1991.

Service area

The Outaouais CAVAC provides services in the area served by the courthouses of Hull (judicial district of Hull), Campbell's Bay (judicial district of Pontiac) and Maniwaki (judicial district of Labelle).

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