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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does Victim Services provide long-term counselling?
  2. Is financial compensation available to victims through Victim Services?
  3. If I don’t live in a community with a Victim Services Office, can I still receive assistance?
  4. Funding Options and Eligibility

 

1. Does Victim Services provide long-term counselling?

No. Victim Services provides only short-term supportive counselling. Victim Services has implemented a Professional Services Program to meet the needs of clients who have been assessed by Regional staff as requiring long-term counselling intervention. Eligible clients are referred to therapists who have met the Professional Services' qualifications.

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2. Is financial compensation available to victims through Victim Services?

Victim Services does not provide financial compensation to victims. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Program was terminated in 1993.

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3. If I don’t live in a community with a Victim Services Office, can I still receive assistance?

Yes. You can contact the Victim Services Regional office nearest your community (see Victim Services Contacts for complete listing). You can call collect. The Regional Coordinator may be able to travel to your community to provide services depending upon where you live or provide services over the telephone. Victim Services has also established the Victim Services Assistant Program which provides limited contracted services to victims who reside outside of the direct service areas of the eleven (11) Regional offices. These services are delivered by trained para-professionals and must be arranged through the Victim Services Coordinator. These services are only available if there is a Victim Services Assistant in your area, and if it is determined by you and the Victim Services Coordinator that this service would be helpful in your situation.

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4. Funding Options and Eligibility

Funding for travel and associated costs to present victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing

Victim Services will provide funding for travel and associated expenses for eligible victims who wish to present their victim impact statement at a sentencing hearing. To be eligible for travel funds and associated costs to attend a sentencing hearing, individuals must meet specific criteria. Please feel free to contact the Victim Services Regional Coordinator in your region to discuss eligibility.

Funding for travel and associated costs to attend counseling sessions

Victim Services will provide funding for travel and associated expenses for eligible victims to attend counseling sessions which have been approved under the Victim Services Professional Services Program. To be eligible for travel funds and associated costs to attend counseling sessions, individuals must meet specific criteria. Please feel free to contact the Victim Services Regional Coordinator in your region to discuss eligibility.

Funding for travel and associated costs to attend a meeting for pre-court preparation and/or case meeting with a Crown Attorney

Victim Services will provide funding for travel and associated expenses for eligible victims to enable them to attend a pre-court orientation/case meeting with the Victim Services Regional Coordinator and Crown Attorney. To be eligible for travel funds and associated costs to attend a meeting for pre-court preparation and/or case meeting with a Crown Attorney, individuals must meet specific criteria. Please feel free to contact the Victim Services Regional Coordinator in your region to discuss eligibility.

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