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

Crisis Line: 250-756-0616

Toll-free: 1-888-756-0616

Community Services Building

Phone: 250-756-2452

Fax: 250-756-2414

haven@havensociety.com

2270 Labieux Rd.

Nanaimo, BC

Mailing Address:

Box 37086, 38-3200 Island Hwy

Nanaimo, BC V9T 6N4

Registered Charitable Number:

119261105 RR0001

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Haven Society would like to acknowledge that we operate on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.