Eliminate domestic, spousal and sexual violence through effective means, including educating the public about healthy relationships, consent and violence.
Provide services to victims and/or witnesses of violence in Madawaska-
Victoria counties, such as: physical, psychological/verbal, spiritual, financial and/or sexual violence. Welcome individuals in all their diversity, in a safe and non-judgmental environment.
Offer a free and confidential service in a welcoming and compassionate atmosphere;
Accompany victims to foster self-esteem and self-sufficiency;
Accompany victims, provide them with tools and parenting support, and assist them in their financial, medical, legal, social and spiritual needs;
Ensure accessibility of services for individuals of any culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical and intellectual ability;
Promote services provided by Escale MadaVic, ensure prevention, raise awareness of the presence and consequences of domestic, family and sexual violence;
Collaborate and create partnerships with organizations and institutions that share Escale MadaVic’s goals and values, such as: First Nations community, international/immigrant community, community organizations, private services, public services, etc.)
Escale MadaVic was born out of a need to help women victims of domestic violence and their children
Following a study conducted in 1985, it was clear that, as everywhere else, the affliction of domestic violence was present in our region. A temporary committee, made up of men and women from various backgrounds, was aware that the development of such a resource would require time and energy. These volunteers therefore enlisted the support of the government and the community to carry out this project, which consisted in buying a house. Escale MadaVic welcomed its first client on October 13, 1988.
The temporary committee was replaced by a board of directors sharing the same vision of providing a safe shelter that promotes a healthy family-type relationship, warm support and several resources for women victims of domestic violence. Since then, the structure has remained the same, i.e. a board of directors, a director, as well as full-time and part-time case workers. However, Escale MadaVic is now much more than a shelter.
Despite the challenges and problems encountered, our service is still expanding, thanks to the staff, the involvement of our funders, the support of the community, the resources and the services provided by our region.
Escale MadaVic now offers 4 services to victims in Madawaska-Victoria counties
Since January 13, 2013, Escale MadaVic is located in new facilities that are more adequate and better adapted to meet the growing needs of women and children who are victims of violence.
The confidences of shelter residents showed that many of them had been victims of sexual violence during their lifetime. The impact of these events on the lives of families motivated our team to question the urgency of a situational review of the region with regard to sexual assault.
In the fall of 2014, Escale MadaVic received funding for a project from Status of Women Canada to learn about the reality our community was facing.
A coordinator and a project officer were hired to reach the objectives set out. The results left no doubt as to the need for a centre to help victims of sexual assault, now called Éclipse.
In order to ensure an environment conducive to healing and strengthen the autonomy of women who have experienced domestic and family violence, Escale MadaVic received funding from the Women’s Equality Branch in the spring of 2017, to set up the second stage program, Parcours.
With the objective of providing women victims of domestic or family violence with better access to community services, as well as raising awareness in the community, Escale MadaVic received funding from the Women’s Equality Branch in April 2020, to offer the Passerelle outreach service.