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
We empower and advocate for police-based victim services programs across BC that provide consistent professional services and resources across BC
Providing leadership and working collaboratively to enhance services to victims of crime and trauma.
All victims of crime and trauma across BC receive compassionate, professional and consistent services.
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.
As a provincial association, PVSBC provides feedback on legislations and service delivery issues as well as regional concerns to the following agencies:
- BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
- RCMP “E” Division
- BC Chiefs of Police
- BC Association of Municipal Chiefs of Police
- Correctional Service of Canada
- Parole Board of Canada
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.
President: Jessica Johnson, Vancouver Police Victim Services
Vice President: Tim Hall, Coquitlam RCMP Victim Services
Treasurer: Heather Kerry, UVic Properties
Secretary: Amanda Murphy
- Dede Dacyk, Penticton RCMP Victim Services
- Sherry Pellegrino, Terrace & District Victim Assistance
- Cathy Riddle, Boundary Regional RCMP Victim Services
- Jessica Johnson, Victim Service Unit, Vancouver Police Department
- Cindy Osip, Quesnel RCMP Victim Services
- Karyn French, Greater Victoria Police Victim Services
- Tim Hall, Coquitlam RCMP Victim Services
RCMP Police Representative – Supt. Shawna Baher, Vernon RCMP
Municipal Police Representative – D/Chief Jason Laidman, Victoria Police
Municipal Program Manager – Vacant
RCMP Program Manager – Barbara Vincent, Nelson RCMP Victim Services
Born, educated and raising his family in Victoria, Ian is serious about relationships, professional growth, organizational development, prosperity and the wellbeing of individuals and community. Prior to joining Police Victim Services BC, Ian was Principal, IPB Consulting, where he provided essential advice to free enterprise and not-for-profit sector organizations built on enduring relationships, trust and transparency.
Ian’s 32-year career with the Provincial Government included executive roles in human resource management and employee relations, law enforcement, public gaming and aboriginal relations including treaty negotiations. Ian has significant leadership expertise in business, governance, philanthropy, homelessness, affordable housing and major sport events through affiliations with the Institute of Corporate Directors, Greater Victoria Housing Society, Our Place, and Bayview Place DC Bank PGA Canada Tour Open.
Ian’s current community involvement includes Co Chair of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness, Board Member of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce and the Victoria Open Golf Society.
Members Services Project Manager
Michelle Robarts discovered she had a passion for Police Based Victim Services (PBVS) when she signed up to volunteer for Richmond RCMP Victim Services in 2010. She subsequently became an after-hours crisis worker in Richmond and in 2011, after many years working in the environmental consulting field, decided to focus primarily on PBVS. Michelle completed the Critical Incident Stress Management Certificate at the Justice Institute of BC in 2011 and joined Langley RCMP as an after-hours crisis worker, responsible for B-Watch. Michelle then received the opportunity to work as a full-time case worker with Richmond RCMP until April 2016, when she moved into a management role with the West Vancouver Police VS Program. During her time with West Vancouver Police, the Program underwent a total restructure with the support of the Executive Management Team and Police Board. After the successful restructure of the VS Unit in West Vancouver, Michelle shifted to the Provincial Health Services Authority and joined the Provincial Overdose Mobile Response Team. Michelle was responsible for the standardization of education/ training materials the program was facilitating, including content, design coordination and training the trainers. Following the standardization project, Michelle’s responsibilities revolved around quality assurance/quality control which included the development of core competencies and working with management to execute initiatives to streamline service delivery to mandated clients. Michelle also led Critical Incident Stress Debriefings for frontline workers and first responders working on the frontline of the overdose public health emergency. Michelle is excited to make the move to PVSBC where she can utilize her experience and knowledge to ensure tactical execution of the organization’s strategy and initiatives in support of the membership.