Free support to abuse victims with no legal status or awaiting legal status

Last updated May 15, 2024

As part of the access to city services without fear policy, Montréal offers a free, confidential support service to recent immigrants who are victims of abuse or crime. This service is provided by the Crime Victims Assistance Centre (CAVAC) of Montréal.


Montréal’s Centre d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels (CAVAC) offers a listening ear and support to people who do not want to report these situations or don’t know how to report them, and it empowers them to take action, which may lead to the filing of charges. Assistance is accessible, whether or not the perpetrator of the crime has been identified, arrested, charged or found guilty. A multilingual interpretation service is also available.