Governmental Actions

Sexual Assault

In October 2016, the Québec government announced the 2016-2021 Government Strategy to Prevent and Counteract Sexual Violence (672 KB). Twelve ministries and organizations committed to implementing the Strategy, which focuses on two issues: sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

The strategy consists of 55 new or innovative actions that complement existing measures. The budget for its implementation totals $44 million, including $26 million in new credits.

In 2001, the government unveiled its government guidelines concerning sexual assault [French only] as well as a preliminary five-year action plan comprising 59 commitments.

A summary report entitled Rapport sur la mise en œuvre des engagements gouvernementaux 2001-2006 en matière d’agression sexuelle was released on May 30, 2007. This report presents the actions taken by the 10 ministries directly concerned by this issue, as well as those taken by their support and protection networks. It indicates that the government allocated over $40 million during this period to counteract sexual assault.

On April 17, 2008, the government unveiled the new 2008-2013 Government Action Plan Concerning Sexual Assault. This action plan included 100 commitments, 65 of which were innovative measures aimed at bolstering government intervention in this area. The launch of a campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault was one of the commitments of this action plan.

On November 25, 2014, the government released a report on the implementation of the 2008-2013 Government Action Plan Concerning Sexual Assault (1.3 MB) (accessible) [French only]. It presents the achievements stemming from the action plan’s 100 commitments from April 2008 through March 2014. The information contained in this report was provided by the 10 ministries and organizations concerned.

Domestic Violence

Since the early 1970s, domestic violence has been recognized as a problem in Québec society, leading the different government authorities to recognize not only the significance and seriousness of this form of violence, but also the responsibility they bear for eradicating it. It has been noted that only the mobilization of all of Québec society will make it possible to put an end to domestic violence.

Intervention policy

In 1995, Québec adopted its Policy on Intervention in Conjugal Violence: Preventing, Detecting, Ending Conjugal Violence (1.75 MB) and its first action plan.

Third government action plan

The 2012-2017 Government Action Plan on Domestic Violence (1.14 MB) was published on December 6, 2012. It presents 135 commitments, of which 87 are new and 35 relate specifically to Indigenous communities.

It aims to:

  • ensure the safety and protection of victims of and children exposed to domestic violence;
  • meet the needs of violent spouses in terms of assistance and support;
  • better meet the needs of First Nations and Inuit populations and populations vulnerable to domestic violence, including elderly women, women with a disability, immigrant women, women from cultural communities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender individuals as well as heterosexual male victims.

Other publications

Under the first measure in the action plan, the Secrétariat à la condition féminine collaborated with the Table de concertation en violence conjugale de Montréal to produce the “Do things like this happen to you?” brochures for populations vulnerable to domestic violence:

  • elderly women;
  • women with a disability;
  • immigrant women with precarious status;
  • immigrant women or women from an ethnocultural community;
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or transgender individuals;
  • heterosexual men who are victims.

The brochures are available in several languages, have been adapted for women with a disability, and are found on various media.

At the same time, many groups, associations and organizations are joining forces to end domestic violence and provide assistance to victims and to spouses displaying violent behaviour.