Community Victim Services
Justice Related Services
Community Victim Services provides justice-related support services, information and emotional support for individuals and/or families who are experiencing or who have experienced abuse and violence in an intimate relationship, childhood sexual abuse, and/or sexual assault. We may be able to provide accompaniment to Crown or RCMP appointments.
Drop-In/Brief Support and Intake
For safety and needs assessment, information or referral.
Family Court Support
A Community Victim Services worker can provide information and support for women who have experienced abuse and violence in their family relationships. Court accompaniment available.
Victim Services in the Community
In many cases, physical and sexual abuse is unreported. People need a place to talk about relationship violence, abuse and sexual assault where the focus is not on the criminal justice system. Survivors may want to be informed and consider options before contacting the police or any other formal system.
People who experience abuse also need a place to be uncertain, to consider all aspects of their situation and to take some time before acting. Uncertainty is normal; these situations are complex and take time to sort out.
Planning for safety and assessing risk is ongoing and varies over time. Abuse is often part of a pattern and can be more than a single incident or crisis point. Ongoing support can be very helpful.
What Community Victim Services Does
Meet with clients within a few business days
Provide risk assessment and safety planning, resources and referral information
Provide emotional support on the phone or in person (without pressure to report the incident)
Help explore decisions and strategies for coping with trauma
Provide court information, orientation and accompaniment when possible
Help with Crime Victim Assistance Applications
Victim Impact Statements and other forms
LGBTQ and male survivors welcome
All services are confidential and free of charge.
"We DECEIVE ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. STRENGTH needs it far more."
Anne Sophie Swetchine