CJAD News has learned that a young woman was working by herself early last Monday morning when two residents of a halfway house in the St. Michel district were involved in a confrontation that sent one man to hospital with stab wounds to the abdomen.
Police say the only person working at Carrefour Nouveau Monde was a 29-year-old woman.
They say the stabbing occurred when a resident who had been convicted of sexually assaulting two women attacked her and another resident came to her defense.
Patrick Altamis, Executive Director of the Association des services de réhabilitation sociale du Québec (ASRSQ) says most halfway homes only have one staff member working overnight because of budget concerns.
“The person is not totally isolated because they do have access to a panic button and there are also instances where halfway houses, between themselves, will call each other to make sure that everything is ok,” Altamis told CJAD.
Altamis said in some cases halfway homes will also outsource the night shift to a security company.
He says Correctional Service Canada will be investigating the attack and making improvements if needed.
He added that the Carrefour Nouveau Monde is one of the more “structured ones.”
“So they do have residents that have a profile that wouldn’t fit in other halfway houses,” he said.
The employee is being offered psychological counselling.