Community Victim Services provides justice-related support services, information and emotional support for women, children, youth and family survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, criminal harassment and relationship or dating abuse, violence and assault. We may be able to provide accompaniment for court support and for justice-related appointments with the RCMP, Crown, or to the hospital.
Why Victim Services in the Community?
Much 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 can Community Victim Services do?
Contact is made with clients within a few business days
Provide risk assessment and safety planning, resource and referral information
Provide emotional support on the phone or in person
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 Statement and other forms
To contact Community Victim Services Nanaimo:
If you are in crisis please call the Haven Society 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-888-756-0616.
Please note that Community Victim Services Nanaimo is closed on weekends, and may not be able to return your call right away due to high volume. If you are in crisis and unable to reach us, please do not hesitate to call the Haven Society 24 Hour Crisis Line at 1-888-756-0616.