If you need immediate support, you can access professional crisis support, either in person or over the phone, through provincial crisis centres. The centre that covers the area near McGill is called Tracom, their services can be accessed by calling 514-483-3033. Alternately, provincial sexual violence support hotline, run by the Montreal Sexual Assault Centre, is available 24/7 at 514-933-9007 or 1 888-933-9007.
Student and peer-to-peer resources
SACOMSS: The Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society is a volunteer-run organization committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and their allies through direct support, advocacy, and outreach. Their services include Drop-In and Line (DIAL), Support Groups, Advocacy, and Outreach. The SACOMSS phone line can be reached at 514-398-8500.
McGill Peer Support Centre: The Peer Support Centre offers free, non-judgemental peer support, and can help direct you toward other available resources.
The McGill Students’ Nightline: The McGill Students’ Nightline is a peer resource which offers confidential, anonymous, and non-judgmental listening. Services include active listening, resource referrals, and crisis management. Nightline can be accessed at 514-398-6246.
Legal Information Clinic at McGill: The Student Advocacy Branch at LICM can help students navigate McGill’s internal policies. Their volunteers can inform, advise, and represent students who are undergoing disputes at the University. They can also assist students who have had a complaint filed against them.
The Montréal Sexual Assault Centre is partnered with the CLSC Metro and the Montreal General Hospital to provide medical services and support for those over the age of 18 who have been sexual assaulted in the past 12 months. This includes:
Testing for sexually transmitted infections
Forensic samples (also know as a rape kit)
Medical treatment and follow-up
Information on police and legal procedures
If you have been sexually assaulted, you can go to one of the following designated centres:
CLSC Métro (Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm) – English and French
1801 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, 3rd floor, Montreal, Quebec
Montreal General Hospital (Monday to Friday 5pm-8am, Weekends and Holidays 24h) – English only
1650 Cedar Ave. Montreal, Emergency room Pine Avenue Entrance (corner of Cote-des-Neiges)
Hopital Hotel Dieu (24/7 for emergency) – French
3840 St Urbain Street
Emergency support within five days of assault, intervention appointment within six months of assault, ask for the on-call sexual assault support worker
Montreal Children’s Hospital (24/7 for emergency, can call 514-412-4481 call for appointment 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday) 1040 rue Atwater – English
Hospital Ste-Justine (24/7 for emergency) 3175 chemin de la cote Sainte-Catherine Montreal – English and French
The Montréal Sexual Assault Centre
The Montréal Sexual Assault Centre: The Centre offers a range of free services to anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or incest, as well as to survivors’ family and friends.
Services include medical and legal aid, as well as individual therapy for those 18+. They also provide bilingual listening, support, and referral services for all ages and a toll-free 24/7 helpline for all.
The toll free helpline can be reached at 1 800-933-9007; for information about their services, they can be reached at 514-933-4504.
Crisis Centres/Centres des Crises
Crisis Centres/Centres des Crises provides services for those experiencing mental health crises, offering support over the phone 24/7, temporary housing, mobile intervention services and accompaniment. Can be an alternative to hospitalization
Tracom is the crisis intervention centre for the area around McGill, they can be reached over the phone at 514-483-3033. Their services are free, professional and English/French bilingual
Tel-Aide: A free, anonymous, non-judgmental listening centre for people in distress in both English and French. They can be reached at 514-935-1101.
CIRCLES: CIRCLES is a resource, a letter of solidarity to fellow survivors, and a reconstruction of what it means to heal collectively. The resource document includes an in-depth listing of support services available in the community.
Project 10: The Project promotes the personal, social, sexual, and mental well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersexed, and questioning youth and adults ages 14–25. They provide support services through appointment and an accompaniment service. Services in French and English.
They provide accompaniment services to police and judicial processes as well as post-traumatic and psychosocial intervention.
The Centres also provide legal information, assistance with filing applications or producing documents, and referrals to specialized services. To access their services you must first make an appointment by calling 514-277-9860.
SOS Violence Conjugale
SOS Violence Conjugale: Free, confidential, bilingual hotline for individuals experiencing domestic violence and for people supporting them, available 24/7. They provide support, safety information, evaluations, and direct referrals. They can be reached at 514-873-9010 in Montreal and across Quebec at 1 800-363-9010.
They provide crisis intervention and short-term counselling and can help connect people who have experienced sexual violence with resources, assist in safety planning, provide support groups and activities, and assist with academic or workplace accommodations.
They can provide information about reporting processes and McGill policies as well as provide accompaniment services for those who wish to make a report, either at McGill or outside of it.
To make an appointment for individual support, fill out this form or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their services are professional, English/French bilingual and free for members of the McGill community.
Resources for McGill Workers
Counselling Services for AMURE Members: Counselling services for AMURE members: any research employee at McGill who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, or abuse can anonymously access counseling and support services at the expense of AMURE’s savings.
Employee and Family Assistance Program: free and confidential service offering short-term counseling and referral services. Your EFAP can be accessed 24/7 by phone, web, or mobile app and is available to regular staff members as well as their spouses and children as part of their benefits.