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The Rights and Recourses of Victims of Crime series

The guides in the Rights and Recourses of Victims of Crime series were created to help victims and those close to them navigate the justice system and other organizations dedicated to protecting victims or providing compensation for damages or harm suffered. Written in clear, easy-to-understand language, they contain information that will help victims:

  • understand the justice system
  • exercise their rights and recourses.

Each guide offers answers to questions most frequently asked by victims, including practical advice and useful references for life after an experience of victimization.

Who are these guides intended for?

Although all of our guides have been created to help victims of crime and those close to them, they will also be of interest to:

  • professionals who help them
  • volunteers who work with assistance resources for victims of criminal acts
  • people who work in the justice, public security, education, health and social services sectors as well as in the community.

Topics covered in the series

Contesting a decision rendered by IVAC before the Tribunal administratif du Québec

This guide is intended for all victims who contest a decision from the Indemnisation des victimes d'actes criminels (IVAC) before the Tribunal administratif du Québec (TAQ), particularly those who are not represented by a lawyer. It is also a valuable tool for people who provide support to victims of crime...

Navigating Your Way Through the Justice System (2017)

This guide explains the victim’s involvement throughout the various stages of the legal process, from calling the police to the enforcement of the sentence. (more…)

When the Offender Is an Adolescent (2017)

This guide helps understand how the youth criminal justice system works, including its different stages. (more…)

When the Victim Is a Minor (2017)

This guide is for parents whose child or youth has been the victim of a crime, whether the offender is an adult or a young person. (more…)

When the Victims Is a New Immigrant or a Person With a Precarious Status (2016)

This guide is intended to assist new immigrants or persons with precarious status, who are victims of crime in Québec, in understanding the criminal justice and immigration systems. (more…)