The Centre d'expertise Marie-Vincent works closely with social-judicial Partners. This collaboration ensures the clientele's support throughout the judicial and other process following a disclosure of child sexual abuse.
CAVAC - Centre d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels
The CAVAC is a crime victim's assistance centre. In some cases victims can meet with a CAVAC counsellor at the Centre.
CAVAC offers free frontline post-trauma and psychosocial services to victims and their families, as well as to witnesses of criminal acts.
Collaboration between the Centre and the CAVAC allows for adapted services and, by meeting at the Centre, provides for a safe and familiar environment for the child and his/her parent(s). These meetings are sometimes held in preparation for a court appearance therefore helping in understanding the different judicial procedures. A CAVAC counsellor may also accompany the victim and his family to the court hearing.
IVAC - Direction de l'indemnisation des victimes d'actes criminels
IVAC offers compensation or provides services to crime victims under the Crime Victims Compensation Act. An "Application for Benefits" form can be obtained from the Direction de l'IVAC or one of the CSST's regional offices.
An appointed counsellor from Personalized Services for parents will assist the parent(s) by:
- Providing an "Application for Benefits" form and assisting in its completion;
- Accompanying the parent(s) through the process and establishing links with IVAC;
- Informing those involved of the compensation granted and the various available services offered by IVAC, for the child victim and his parent(s);
- Answering questions related to child sexual abuse.
It is important to rapidly fill-out an application form upon disclosure of child sexual abuse. This will reduce delays in the request's processing and will therefore help the child victim promptly receive adequate treatment.