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Government Actions

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.

Date de mise à jour : 17 novembre 2017

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