Welcome to the Police Victim Services of British Columbia!
Police Victim Services of British Columbia (PVSBC) is a non-profit association dedicated to serving the needs of police victim services programs. As the largest police victim services association in Canada, PVSBC provides leadership, support, advocacy and training to professionals working in the field of victim services. We are placing British Columbia at the forefront of victim services.
Police Victim Services of British Columbia:
• Acts as a resource to police victim services programs
• Liaises with government ministries on victim’s issues
• Develops training and resource materials
• Partners with other organizations involved with crime prevention and victim services.
• Hosts an annual training symposium
• Promotes public awareness
• Publishes, a newsletter PVSBC Quarterly
Through dynamic proactive leadership, we create a greater awareness of victimization and support the provision of service excellence.
Providing leadership and working collaboratively to enhance services to victims of crime and trauma.
We are dedicated to ensuring those impacted by crime and trauma are respected and supported.
PVSBC operates with funding from the provincial government as well as through donations, corporate sponsorship, training symposiums and other fundraising activities.
Police Victim Services of British Columbia would like to acknowledge and thank British Columbia’s Ministry of Justice for their ongoing support. Past accomplishments would not have been possible without their help.
An Overview of the History of Police Victim Services of British Columbia
During the 1980’s and 1990’s, there was increased pressure on government to formally recognize and support individuals in society who were victimized. Over the years, there has been significant increases in the number of programs and services for victims of crimes and their families funded by the government. These services include police victim services and community victims services. Police victims services are operated in partnership with provincial government, local government, police forces and non profit agencies. Among police programs, issues emerged concerning program funding, the training of staff – both volunteers and paid, as well as the need to advocate “behind the scenes” for improvements to the services and rights of victims, witnesses and their families.
It was this need for a common, united voice, that the B.C. Association of Police-Affiliated Victim-Witness Services (BCAPAVWS) emerged. In 1985, the Association was incorporated and became a registered charity. The association underwent a formal named change in 1997 and is now known as Police Victim Services of British Columbia or PVSBC. As a provincial association, PVSBC provides feedback on legislations and service delivery issues as well as regional concerns to the Ministry of Justice, RCMP and the BC Chiefs of Police.
Through the years, PVSBC has become well-known for its annual training symposium. Our symposium provides both basic and advanced training workshops to frontline police victim services staff and volunteers and other professionals within the criminal justice system. In 2015, we celebrated 30 years of success.
For more history about the Role of the Victim in the Criminal Process read this Literature Review
The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights was enacted in 2015 by the Federal Government.
Victims of Crime Act of BC was enacted in 1996 sets out the rights of victims. It gives victims the right to:
- Be treated fairly and with respect by all workers in the criminal justice system;
- Receive information about:
- Victim services available to you
- Financial assistance for criminal injury
- How the criminal justice system works
- Your rights to privacy
Police Victim Services of British Columbia is a provincially registered society and federally registered charity. Members include police victim services programs, victim services volunteers, and members of the community.
Our Board of Directors is comprised of fifteen directors; with no fewer than seven directors elected from each of the police victim services regional sectors, one police representative from the RCMP and one police representative from a Municipal Police department. This mix of police and community interest on the Board provides for a balanced approach to working towards improvements to the services and rights of victims, witnesses and their families.
The bylaws of PVSBC stipulate that each director shall hold office for a term of two years with half of the directors retiring from office on alternate years. This provides for continuity of business for the organization and the opportunity for experienced directors to mentor those new to the board. A director can sit for no longer than three consecutive terms.
At the first meeting of the Board of Directors following the Annual General Meeting, the directors elect the Executive Committee comprised of president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. In addition, the Past President also sits on the executive committee for continuity purposes, but may not vote.
Karyn French, Interim President
Anita Eilander, Vice President
Christine Van Dyke, Treasurer
Jessica Johnson, Secretary
- Anita Eilander, Vernon RCMP Victim Services
- Sherry Pellegrino, Terrace & District Victim Assistance
- Christine Van Dyke, Castlegar RCMP Victim Services
- Jessica Johnson, Victim Service Unit, Vancouver Police Department
- Connie Buck, Fort St. John RCMP Victim Services
- Karyn French, Greater Victoria Police Victim Services
RCMP Police Representative – Cpl Frank Jang
Municipal Police Representative – Sgt Rob Smith, Oak Bay
Municipal Program Manager – Barb Vincent, Nelson Victim Services Unit
RCMP Program Manager – Carla Sampson, Cowichan Valley Regional RCMP Victim Services
Deidre Moran, CPA CGA