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Domestic and Intrafamily Violence

Every year domestic and intrafamily violence in Montréal:

  • Leads to 15,500 calls to 911
  • Represents approximately 30% of crimes against persons
  • Accounts for around 15% of homicides

Domestic violence means using force, intimidation or fear to control and dominate someone and compel them to do things against their will. Domestic violence can take different forms:

Psychological violence 
Enforced isolation

Verbal violence 
Hurtful words

Physical violence 

Sexual violence 
Unwelcome sexual relations

Economic violence 
Financial control
Refusal to give money

The consequences of these types of violence are extensive:

For the victim: being injured, worried, depressed, sick. Always being afraid, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence, inability to concentrate. 

For the children: being aggressive, depressed and having problems at school.

For the family: relationships between family members are not harmonious and everyone feels isolated.

It has been proven that domestic violence invariably follows the same cycle: increased tension, explosion of violence, followed by a period of calm. The episodes become increasingly frequent and increasingly violent. The cycle of violence must be broken as early as possible.

Criminal charges may be laid in cases of domestic or family violence. 

The Ville de Montréal Police Officers will help anyone who has been subjected to violence. Their primary duty is to rescue the victim and ensure the safety of the family.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, break the silence!  Don't blame yourself.



Here are a few steps you can take:

  • Tell at least one person about your situation
  • Explain to your children that you all might have to leave to avoid an attack
  • Plan in advance where you will go
  • Prepare an emergency kit that includes:
    • Money (to take a taxi)
    • Bank book
    • Health care cards
    • Social insurance cards
    • A few items of clothing
    • Any medication you take regularly
    • Birth certificates
    • Passports and immigration certificates
    • Copies of house and car keys
    • Receipts for goods you have bought
    • Personal phone book
    • Favourite toys of small children
    • Marriage certificate
    • School documents and report cards
    • Lease, financial documents

Available resources


  • SOS violence conjugale

1 800 363-9010


  • Your neighbourhood CLSC

Info-santé: 8-1-1


  • CAVAC (crime victim assistance centre)


Central Montréal (Métro Beaubien)
Phone: 514-277-9860

Eastern Montréal (Métro Cadillac)
Phone: 514-645-9333

Western Montréal (Métro Du Collège)
Phone: 514-744-5048

Para servicios en español
Teléfono: 514-277-9860, supletorio 235

Service points

The Montréal CAVAC also has two service points in the regional courthouses:

Go ahead and break the silence! There are caring people here to help you.