Crime, tragedy and traumatic events often happen with no warning. Anyone can become a victim of tragedy, crime or trauma – it can happen to you or someone you love. Family members and those close to victims are also impacted. No part of society is unaffected. No one can ever be prepared for the impact any of these events may have on them.
Coping with the aftermath of a tragedy, trauma or crime is a very difficult and stressful experience and timely support is essential to how well victims cope and recover. Police-based victim services offices across British Columbia provide the emotional support immediately after a crime and through the criminal justice process so victims can regain a sense of well-being.
We can’t stop tragedy from happening but we strive to ensure all victims of crime and traumatic incidents across British Columbia receive professional, compassionate, and consistent support. Police Victim Services of British Columbia (PVSBC) is dedicated to serving the needs of police-based victim services programs across the province. Our police-based victim services professionals are the front-line workers for victims of crime and we support and advocate for them and the services they provide.
To respond effectively police-based victim services professionals must have access to the highest-quality, most relevant research to inform their work. We are dedicated to producing and disseminating victim research as usable, plain language information in the form of tip-sheets, briefs, reference notes, webinars, and podcasts.