Resources for Victims

We know that healing is a process that often involves multiple types of services and supports. We can provide expertise and support related to restorative justice and other forms of healing dialogues. However, we are not counselors, social workers, or victim services personnel, but are happy to provide information on these and other resources that might be of assistance to you.

Select a link from the list or scroll down the page to look at all the resources available

Do you need help immediately?

Call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888 and ask for help. No question is too small. We all face overwhelming situations in life where a little bit of help can go a long way.

Victim Services

The agencies listed include designated victim services workers. For more specialized victim services, e.g. for victims of relationship violence, please speak with Greater Victoria Police Victim Services, who can connect you with the appropriate agencies.

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Provides immediate (on the scene) crisis support, assesses victims’ needs, refers them to appropriate services, and provides follow-up (e.g., calling a victim shortly after the offence or trauma to check in). Some have court support programs that accompany victims to a courthouse and help them navigate the court system.

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Provides immediate (on the scene) crisis support, assesses sexual assault victims’ needs, and refers them to appropriate services. Also has a clinic where recent victims of sexualized violence 13 years and older can go instead of a hospital. A forensic nurse and specialized victim services practitioners (part of the Sexual Assault Response Team) are always on call.

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Supports anyone who identifies as a man who has experienced emotional, sexual, or physical trauma as a child or an adult.

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Supports children and youth victims and witnesses of violent crimes, abuse, and assault, including domestic violence and child protection cases. Provides assistance with victim impact statements; advocacy and assistance in accessing programs such as the Crime Victim Assistance and Victim Notification programs; and information about rights under the Victims of Crime Act.

Support for Minority Communities

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Offers a toll-free 24-hour crisis line for Aboriginal Elders, adults, youth, and children; a 24-hour crisis mobile outreach service; and multiple programs and services for various types of support.

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Provides a variety of holistic, culturally-based and community-driven services for Aboriginal families on Southern Vancouver Island. Includes a restorative justice program.

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Lists over 20 groups, communities, and networks in Greater Victoria for those who identify as LGBTQ2+.

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Helps immigrants and refugees by providing information, support, and tools such as trainings, settlement workers, and interpretation services.

Services Offered by the Provincial and Federal Government

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Assists victims, immediate family members, and witnesses in coping with the effects of violent crime by providing financial benefits to help offset financial losses and assist in recovery.

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Provides victims with information about the accused/offender. Once a victim registers, the unit gives ongoing information to victims while an accused or offender is in the community (on bail or probation) and in custody.

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Offers people who have been harmed by a crime, either directly or indirectly, a chance to communicate with the offender (must be in a federal institution) who caused the harm, with the help of a professional mediator.

Information-Based Resources

There are multiple hubs of information for victims of crime and trauma.

English: Website

Français: Website

Offers a search via postal code of victim services and related agencies across Canada. Includes a breakdown by province and browsing option as well.

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Provides information and guidance to support victims and help them learn more about services and resources available, including first steps, reporting a crime, the investigation, and criminal court.

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Specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in B.C.

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A toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24/7. Provides information and referral services to all victims of crime, and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

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Provides online resources for victims and witnesses of crime in BC

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Provides links to existing networks and information hubs in order to promote awareness of services and supports for victims of crime in Canada.

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Provides support, research, and education to survivors of serious crime and stakeholders in Canada.

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Provides information about restorative justice agencies across Canada. Users may enter their address to find the closest organization(s), and may use other search tools to find what they’re looking for.

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Includes published research, articles, and a video about restorative justice.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

Greater Victoria has a multitude of counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals with training to support victims of crime and trauma. The list below is not exhaustive.

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Provides a roster of counsellors in BC and includes a search engine to help victims find a therapist already registered with CVAP.

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Provides a roster of registered psychologists in BC.

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Provide a range of prevention and early-intervention health and social services to support young people’s well-being.

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Provides a toll-free 24/7 telephone service, as well as texting and online chat support, plus a database of island-wide resources.

Ressources en français

Français: Website

Le Centre de la politique concernant les victimes met en œuvre la Stratégie fédérale d’aide aux victimes dans le but de donner aux victimes une voix plus forte dans le système de justice pénale. Nous élaborons des politiques et procédons à une réforme du droit pénal, et nous administrons le Fonds d’aide aux victimes et partageons de l’information sur des questions importantes pour les victimes d’actes criminels.

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Le Répertoire des services (RSV) aux victimes a été créé par le Centre de la politique concernant les victimes du ministère de la Justice du Canada et vise ce qui suit aider les fournisseurs de services, les victimes et toute autre personne à trouver des services aux victimes dans l’ensemble du Canada.

Français: Website 

Comprend des recherches publiées, des articles, et une vidéo sur la justice réparatrice.

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Jeunesse, J’écoute est le seul service de soutien à l’échelle du pays qui est accessible 24/7. Nous offrons un service d’intervention professionnelle, d’information, de ressources et un service de soutien bénévole par texto aux jeunes, en français et en anglais.

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Services de crises du Canada est une collaboration de centres de services de détresse et de crise à but non lucratif de partout au Canada. Nous offrons un service national, disponible au niveau régional, à toute personne qui pense au suicide ou qui a subi une perte par suicide. Le Service canadien de prévention du suicide est disponible 24 heures sur 24, 7 jours sur 7, par téléphone sans frais.

Français: Website

Ressources et services en français sur la santé en Colombie-Britannique.

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