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Expert committee on support for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence


Review existing measures in light of the experience of victims of sexual assault or domestic violence, and examine potential new measures to ensure a more sustained level of support that better matches victims’ needs. 

The measures considered could, for example, be designed to adapt the court process to take victims’ needs into account, or to ensure that victims understand all the options available to them both inside and outside the court system.

The Committee will, as a result, consider all possible options for improving the support provided for victims.

The options could include, for example, a specialized court, the provision of legal support for victims, or the application of the Toronto model.

Based on the specific features of the crimes concerned and the needs of victims, any new measures will be designed to increase victims’ trust in the system. They will focus on the places where change is needed, in particular with respect to the service organization model and service delivery by various players.

The Committee will hold monthly meetings and, in addition, may organize targeted consultations on various specific needs, to hear from individuals and organizations with relevant knowledge or experience in the field.

Last, the Committee will propose possible solutions to lawmakers in order to adapt or introduce measures for the benefit of victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.


  • Elizabeth Corte, Chief Judge of the Court of Québec, 2009 to 2016;

  • Maggie Fredette, coordinator, CALACS Estrie;

  • Jean-Thierry Popieul, casework and clinical coordinator, CAVAC de Montréal;

  • Sylvain Guertin, specialized investigator, sexual assault and serious crime and associate director, Direction des enquêtes criminelles, Sûreté du Québec;

  • Deborah Trent, social worker and director, Centre pour les victimes d'agression sexuelle de Montréal (CVASM), responsible for the 1-800 hotline and mandatary of the coordinating authority for designated centres;

  • Mtre. Éliane Beaulieu, criminal and penal prosecuting attorney, office of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, Rimouski;

  • Julie Desrosiers, researcher and full professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval;

  • Michel Dorais, researcher and full professor, school of social work and criminology, Université Laval;

  • Patricia Tulasne, actor and member of Les Courageuses;

  • Pierre Picard, lead consultant, Groupe de recherche et d’interventions psychosociales en milieu autochtone (GRIPMA);

  • Arlène Gaudreault, chair, Association québécoise Plaidoyer-Victimes;

  • Jean-Marc Bouchard, founder, Groupe Emphase de Trois-Rivières;

  • Hélène Cadrin, senior civil servant and specialist in the field of domestic violence;

  • Simon Lapierre, researcher and professor, University of Ottawa;

  • Cathy Allen, coordinator, Maison Alternative pour Elles;

  • Mtre. Annick Dumont, criminal and penal prosecuting attorney;

  • Danielle Mongeau, executive director, Maison Dalauze;

  • Jocelyne Jolin, director, S.O.S. Violence conjugale;

  • Marine Sarrazin, coordinator of extra-curricular activities and user of victim support services; 

  • Melpa Kamateros, executive director, Bouclier d’Athéna;

  • Sabrina Lemeltier, general manager, La Dauphinelle.

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