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 Montreal Assault Prevention Centre would like to thank the Government of Quebec, for allocating funds to the CAP program in recognition of our work reducing sexual assault. We would also like to thank the Telus Foundation for their support in the implementation of the Espace sans violence project at Barthélemy-Vimont elementary School.

The MAPC was asked to join an Advisory Committee, organized by the city of Montreal’s Department of Social Diversity and Sport (SDSS) to produce recommendations on the safety of girls and women in public space, for the next action plan on the equal participation of women and men in Montreal’s social life, 2019-2020.

We would like to welcome Nydia Dauphin and Victoria Neira, our two new Action instructors. They are now important assets to the Action team.


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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