Welcome to the Police Victim Services of British Columbia!
Police Victims Services Programs:
There are 92 police Victim Services programs operating out of BC’s RCMP and municipal police departments. In these programs dedicated staff, sometimes supported by highly trained, security cleared volunteers from their community, work directly with police to provide emotional support, information and referrals to victims of all kinds of crime and trauma.
Staff/volunteers provide emotional support in person and over the phone to victims, witnesses and their family members. Although they do not provide counselling, they can make appropriate referrals to counselling services in the community.
Information and Practical Assistance
Staff/volunteers can provide information on the status of a police investigation, the justice system, and crime prevention. They can also assist with filling out Crime Victim Assistance Forms and Victim Impact Statements.
Programs can provide information on the role of the various players in the justice system, the practicalities of testifying as a witness, and updates on court appearances.
Please contact your local program for information on specific services. For a complete list of police victim services programs in British Columbia, please click Directory 2014
Community-Based Victim Assistance Programs:
The Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) is a registered not-for-profit provincial umbrella organization that represents and supports 240 Stopping the Violence Counselling, STV Outreach, Community Based Victim Assistance Programs, and other related programs throughout BC. EVA BC works to coordinate and support the work of victim-serving and other anti-violence programs in BC through the provision of direct support to the front line programs, issue based consultation and analysis, resource development, training, research and education. For more information on community victim assistance programs, please visit their website at www.endingviolence.org
VictimLink BC is the province-wide telephone help line for victims of crime. At VictimLink BC, victim support workers provide information and referrals to all victims of crime, and crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including sexual assault, violence in relationships, elder abuse, and adult survivors of physical or sexual abuse. VictimLink BC connects people to a network of community, social, health, justice and government resources, including victim services, transition houses, and counselling resources. They also provide information on the justice system, relevant federal and provincial legislation and programs, crime prevention, safety planning, protection order registry, and other resources as needed. VictimLink BC can be reached at 1-800-563-0808. Please note: Deaf and hard of hearing people can contact VictimLink via ISV’s TTY service at 604-875-0885. For more information of VictimLink, please visit their website at: http://www.victimlinkbc.ca/