The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General supports three victim services programs in the Province of BC. These programs include:
To locate a Police-based Victim Services program in your community, click here.
CBVS programs operate in over 60 communities across BC, predominantly in larger communities. These programs have a mandate to assist victims of family and sexual violence.
Some communities have specific programs for women, children, youth, male survivors of sexual abuse, Indigenous people and people from specific ethnic communities.
In communities where a police-based VS program and a CBVS program both exist, police-based programs will have a written understanding for referring victims of family and sexual violence to the local community-based program for ongoing assistance.
With the exception of a few service providers, CBVS programs do not provide 24/7 crisis response, most provide services during business hours only.
A directory of CBVS programs can be found at Ending Violence Association of BC
The Province of BC operates 8 victim court support programs across the lower mainland of BC. These programs are situated in the following locations:
Victim court support programs are not intended to assume conduct of services to all victims of crime once a matter gets to court. These programs are intended to provide services when a victim or witness does not already have services elsewhere. When a police-based or community-based program is already engaged with a victim or witness, they are likely to continue providing services through the court process.
Court support programs can provide services to victims of all crime types that proceed through the criminal courts of BC, but they do not provide services to victims of non-criminal events.
Victim Court Support Programs do not provide 24/7 crisis response, they provide services during business hours.