Crime Victims Assistance Fund (FAVAC)
The Crime Victims Assistance Fund (known by its French acronym FAVAC) was established at the Ministère de la Justice in 1988 by the Act respecting assistance for victims of crime.
The fund is used to finance assistance services for victims of crime.
Objectives of the Fund
Through the projects and activities it finances, the Fund promotes
- the establishment of assistance services for victims;
- research on any topic connected to assistance for victims;
- the preparation and implementation of information, awareness-raising and training programs.
Programs and activities supported by the Fund
The Fund supports organizations and services that offer assistance for victims of crime, mainly in connection with the court process.
Each year, it also finances around ten activities through the Grant Program for Research, Information, Education and Training Pertaining to Assistance for Victims of Crime.
The following organizations receive financing:
- victims of crime assistance centres (CAVACs);
- the Centre d’expertise Marie-Vincent;
- the Association québécoise Plaidoyer-Victimes (AQPV);
- the Association des familles de personnes assassinées et disparues (AFPAD);
- the S.O.S. violence conjugale domestic violence hotline;
- the hotline for sexual assault victims.
The Fund’s revenue comes mainly from:
- the Federal Victim Surcharge under the Criminal Code;
- the contributions payable under article 8.1 of the Code of Penal Procedure;
- amounts confiscated as proceeds of crime.