Resources for obtaining immediate help or information
COVID‑19 pandemic: resources are still available
Despite the coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) pandemic, help and resources are still available at all times for sexual assault victims and assailants. Appropriate support that complies with public health recommendations is offered by professionals who are specially trained to provide immediate assistance or information. Do not hesitate to contact them.
Here is a list of resources for obtaining immediate help or information.
Services that provide telephone assistance to victims of sexual assault
- Toll-free helpline for victims of sexual assault
- Info-Santé 811
- Info-Social 811
- Tel-jeunes : 1 800 263-2266
Resources for care and services
Designated centres are facilities that provide various medical services and psychological support to victims of sexual assault. These services are provided by a team of social workers, nurses and doctors.
Designated centres are often located in hospitals and are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They assist victims of sexual assault regardless of their age and gender. Waiting time is minimal.
If you’re a victim of sexual assault, you can go to a designated centre whether you have visible physical injuries or not. To find the closest designated centre, contact toll-free helpline for victims of sexual assault (everywhere in Québec: 1 888 933-9007; Montreal region: 514 933-9007).
As soon as you arrive at a designated centre, you will be received by a team of professionals trained to assist victims of sexual assault. They are there to support you. You’ll be able to talk, express your needs and feelings and be heard. During this exchange, you will be asked many questions.
After the interview, the team will help you decide what type of examination you should have. Your consent is needed regardless of the examination type.
The medical examination is important to your health and well-being. You can take this exam whether or not you press charges. The examination makes it possible to:
- Check your overall health
- Treat your injuries
- Detect sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs)
- Prevent an unwanted pregnancy
The forensic examination is a medical exam that includes the collection of samples. These samples can be used if you decide to press charges.
The multidisciplinary team will give you psychological support during the entire process at the designated centre.
The team will also offer psychosocial assistance to help you cope with your reactions and the sequels of sexual assault. Your loved ones can also benefit from psychosocial help.
Other resources for care and services
You can also contact one of the following resources:
- Your integrated health and social services centre (CISSS) or integrated university health and social services centre (CIUSSS)
- Your family doctor
To find contact information for your CISSS or CIUSSS, or those of your family-medicine clinic, go to Finding a Resource.
Organizations that help victims of sexual assault
Some community organizations also provide psychosocial support to victims of sexual assault.
Organizations that help sexual assailants
Some organizations provide help, support groups or treatment services for people who have committed, or are afraid they might commit, sexual assault.
Consult the list of organizations that help sexual assailants.
You can also consult the Information Guide for Sexual Assault Victims , prepared by the Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal.