Our Mission

What We Do

Confront the reality of violence in our midst with a variety of public
education forums focusing on assault prevention.

The Centre is a non-profit organization and registered charity since 1984.

The Centre offers a range of assault prevention programs designed for particularly vulnerable groups such as children, adolescents, women of all ages as well as people with a functional physical and / or intellectual limitation.

The Centre’s programs focus on developing and building capacity and resources to help participants cope with difficult and dangerous situations.

History of the centre

The MONTREAL ASSAULT PREVENTION CENTRE (MAPC) is a unique organization, born out of the merger, in the summer of 1988, of two community organizations that offered assault prevention programs for children and women in Montreal. These two organizations, CAP / ESPACE and ACTION, shared the same analysis of aggression which argues that three factors increase the vulnerability to abuse of certain groups: lack of information, dependence, and isolation.

The CAP program was introduced to Montreal from the United States in 1984 by Lisa Weintraub, a self-defense instructor for women, who was already offering the Wen-Do course. While remaining the main MAPC program for children, the Centre has developed additional resources for parents and children; Confidence, Solidarity and Respect for 5th and 6th grade students, a workshop for parents on positive discipline and a workshop on preventing assault for people with an intellectual disability. These programs were initiated based on needs recognized in the community.

The Action workshop was designed by Lisa Weintraub and Leona Heillig from certain techniques of Wen DO combined with the philosophy of CAP / ESPACE. ACTION has evolved over the years based on an intersectional and anti-oppressive approach. This has allowed us to improve our workshops based on the diversity of experiences and differences of all women as well as the different power dynamics at play in the variety of situations we might face.

Meet the team


Dr Jean-Yves Frappier (President)

Anne Caines (Vice-president)

Chantal Arsenault (Secretary-Treasurer)

Patricia Bossy

Maria Sol Terraza

David Singleton


Ana Mercedes Camacho

David Singleton

Samantha-Lee Quinn

Sharie Derequito

Vincent Henry


Beatriz Muñoz (ACTION Coordinator)

David Singleton (CAP Coordinator)

Samantha-Lee Quinn (Administrative assistant)

Julianne Racine (Administrative assistant)

Honorary Board

Heidi Rathjen

Action Team

Beatriz Muñoz

Béatrice Châteauvert-Gagnon

Miori Lacerte

Céline Chevrier

Mélusine Dumerchat

Julianne Racine

Fundraising Team

Beatriz Muñoz

David Singleton