An approach to prevention

Who are we?

The Montreal Assault Prevention Centre is a non-profit community organization that aims to increase the capacity of people in dealing with various assaults.

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Your support allows us to provide quality assault prevention workshops to the most vulnerable members of our society. Each year the Montreal Assault Prevention Centre offers its services directly to over 3,500 people. Many more receive help indirectly or access resources through our office.



The ROEQ at 30!

We would like to congratulate the Regroupement des organismes ESPACE du Québec (ROEQ) for thirty years of dedicated work promoting the rights of children. From very precarious beginnings, through hard work, the ROEQ has made its presence felt throughout Québec and offered valuable information to over 400 000 children and 100 000 parents. We are proud to share a history, philosophy and the CAP program with the ROEQ. A celebration was held here in Montréal, attended by members of various CAP teams and partner organisations. Bravo Regroupement.


What Is Our Approach?

The Centre’s programming is based on an approach to prevention derived from the CAP Project. The theory developed by the originators of the CAP Project states that 3 factors increase the vulnerability of individuals or groups.

These three factors are:

  • Lack of correct information about the nature of assault, how to prevent it and stop it.
  • Emotional, physical and financial dependence on the people who are most likely to assault them.
  • Isolation from each other and resources in the community which can help them end abuse and gain control of their lives.

Reducing Vulnerability: How?

By identifying what makes people vulnerable to assault we may work to reduce that vulnerability. The Centre’s workshops focus on:

  • Providing accurate information about assault and practical tools and strategies to identify and deal with potentially dangerous situations.
  • Increasing independence and confidence through sessions that are designed to respect the needs and capabilities of the group.
  • Reducing isolation by developing peer and community resources.


We have a list of telephone numbers at your disposal. They included:

  • Crisis line for battered women
  • Youth Protection Agency
  • Suicide action

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We would like to thanks the Telus Fondation for funding the program ESPACE sans violence at Barthélemy-Vimont School. This funding allowed us to offer CAP to 1 000 students.

Words from participants in our programs