Peace Regional Victim Services
Peace River, AB
Our Victim Service Unit Offers:
- Information about Alberta Victim programs
- Court accompaniment and support
- Referral to Crisis/Distress/Emergency Services
- Intervention during crisis
- Printed resource materials
- Support during grief
- An ear to listen
- Comfort and reassurance
- Personal Safety Plan information
- Privacy and Confidentiality
We never disclose or authorize disclosure of any information or documents that we have access to through our work with Peace Regional Victim Services without consent from the client.
Verbal or written consent must be obtained from the client before we will disclose any information to family members or appropriate professionals, including doctors and therapists).
What We Do; Compassionate Support for Victims of Crime
Victim Services provides a link between the client, the investigating officer and the Crown Prosecutor's office. We deal with all cases referred to us from the RCMP, beginning when we are handed the new case and following through until the completion of the court case. We do accept referrals from community organizations and individuals, as well.
If you feel that you need assistance in dealing with a tragedy or crisis in your life, or if you know someone who could use our help, please contact Peace Regional Victim Services.
The Peace Regional VSU Mission Statement
The mission of Peace Regional Victim Assistance Society is to provide support, assistance, information and referral in a courteous and compassionate manner that respects the dignity and privacy of primary and secondary victims of crime and/or tragedy.
Our Victim Services Unit is a policed-based, non-profit, registered charity, with Society status. Peace Regional Victim Services is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and staffed with a Regional Co-ordinator, an Assistant Co-ordinator, a Volunteer Administrative Assistant and a number of Volunteer Advocates.
Peace Regional Victim Services works with the RCMP to provide support, information and referrals to residents of the Peace Region during times of crisis, trauma or tragedy, whether they are victims of crime, sudden death or family crisis.
Peace Regional Victim Services is available to all residents living within the RCMP catchment areas of Peace River, Grimshaw, McLennan, Red Earth Creek and the satellite detachments of Duncan's First Nation and Woodland Cree First Nation.
The total population served is 24,877. The total square kilometres covered by Peace Regional Victim Services is 67,349.
The History of Victim Services in The Peace River District
Peace River Victim Services was established as a Society in 1994 in response to perceived needs at the time. Annual case loads, community support in the form of money and volunteer time, positive reactions from former clients and support from the RCMP and other community agencies has provided sufficient proof of the ongoing need for this program. Our name was officially changed to Peace Regional Victim Services in 2005 after several other area communities partnered with Peace River to provide victim services to their residents, as well.
Goals Of The RCMP Victim Services Program
- Lessen the immediate impact of a crime on the victim(s). Volunteer advocates attempt to alleviate stress on the victim(s) by providing support, information and referrals during a time of crisis;
- Help victims cope with the effects of crime by providing information on the following: their police file status, the court process and case disposition, Victim Impact Statements, police procedures, community resources, compensation application procedures (Restitution), and whatever else may be of help;
- Focus on the prevention of further victimization through education of crime prevention techniques and provide encouragement to the victim(s);
- Promote a positive liaison between police, victim(s) and the court system so that a better flow of information and support is created;
- Provide ongoing public awareness through the promotion of existing programs;
- Provide well-trained volunteers who are able to maintain the integrity of the program and ensure confidentiality for all contacts with police, victims and the public at large.