Reporting a crime to the police can, for some victims, their immediate family, and even witnesses to a crime, be a first step towards healing and getting a sense of justice. However, the events can have an impact that may leave traces that the judicial process alone cannot fully erase.
In order to ensure the best possible support for victims of crime, SPVG has teamed up with a powerful ally: the Centre d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels (CAVAC) de l'Outaouais. Some of their workers are on hand in our offices to provide counsel, support and guidance to victims.
CAVAC workers, who have offices are in SPVG headquarters, step in swiftly and proactively following a police intervention. Their role is to provide victims the support they need by assessing their situation and facilitating access to the expertise of the CAVAC de l'Outaouais team, which includes criminologists, social workers, psychoeducators and sexologists. Those workers can also quickly guide victims towards specialized organizations that can respond to their needs.
Victims of crime, their immediate family, and witnesses to a crime are all entitled to help from CAVAC workers. That assistance is available even if the perpetrator of the crime has not been identified, apprehended, prosecuted or convicted. Also, it is not necessary to be involved in a formal judicial process to avail oneself of this service.
If the victim is not ready to receive help right away when contacted by a CAVAC worker, but later would like to, then CAVAC will still be there to provide the appropriate support.
CAVAC de l'Outaouais has extensive expertise in post-traumatic intervention and in-depth knowledge of the judicial process. It offers free and confidential frontline services.
CAVAC's services include:
729 boulevard Saint-Joseph, Suite 104
Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 4B6
Phone: 819-778-3555 or 1-800-331-2311 (toll-free)
Recognized for its quality of life, Gatineau is a city of 291,000 inhabitants. It is located on the north shore of the Ottawa River, and extends east and west of the Gatineau River.