Montreal Assault Prevention Centre
The Montreal Assault Prevention Centre is a non-profit community organization that offers many workshops on preventing assaults. These programs are conceived for everyone, but particularly for children, adolescents, women of all ages and people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
Their programs focus on developing skills and resources to help people face difficult and dangerous situations.
The CAP Program:
The Child Assault Prevention (CAP) project for children teaches that we all have the right to be safe, strong and free and that assault need not be part of everyday life. CAP prepares children to recognize potentially dangerous situations, while teaching practical skills and strategies to face all situations of abuse: verbal, emotional, physical and sexual. CAP works with pre-school and elementary school age children as well as adults to create a safer community for all. Their team works with children and adults.
The ACTION Program:
The ACTION program self-defense course for women and teenage girls focuses on the most common types of assault women encounter: subtle as well as obvious forms of assault committed by known aggressors or by strangers.
ACTION demystifies assault and suggests effective and concrete prevention strategies, that they be physical, verbal, psychological or sexual assaults.
The course consists of verbal and physical strategies, role-playing, and ways of freeing oneself from various holds, counter-attacks to physical assault and more.
It helps to learn how to protect oneself in a cooperative and cordial environment with other women (taught by a woman for a group of 10 to 20 women). It also serves to help to assert oneself everyday, to feel more freely and with more self-confidence. It can be offered everywhere in Quebec.
The Center also offers workshops on assault prevention for adolescents and adults who have a intellectuel disabilities. These groups can be formed for boys and girls, men and women of different ages.