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An act to assist persons who are victims of criminal offences and to facilitate their recovery

The Act to assist persons who are victims of criminal offences and to facilitate their recovery entered into force on October 13, 2021. It encompasses compensation and assistance legislation for victims of crime and provides measures that focus on the real needs of victims, including:

  • greater recognition of victims;
  • more effective and fair financial assistance;
  • abolishing the list of criminal offences;
  • inclusion of offences against the person committed abroad;
  • removal of statutory limitations on compensation claims for offences related to sexual abuse, childhood abuse and domestic violence;
  • greater psychotherapeutic and psychosocial support;
  • new obligations for government departments and bodies.

The Act recenters the judicial process around victims, facilitates their recovery and helps them move on with their lives.

To learn more about the legislative changes brought about by the Act, visit the Indemnisation des victimes d’actes criminels (IVAC) website.

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