Department of Justice

Victim Services Programs & Initiatives

Victim Services

Victim Services Programs & Initiatives

Have you been a victim of a crime?

Take part in the Victims of Crime Strategy evaluation. Give confidential feedback about your experience with Victim Services until September 26. Call 667-8500 (toll free 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8500) or send an email to evaluation@vectorresearch.ca.

Learn about the Victims of Crime Strategy.


Victim Services works to support victims and address the impacts of crime. We recognize that crime affects individuals, families and whole communities.

We provide help for victims dealing with a range of different crimes. It doesn’t matter if the crime has been reported, a charge has been laid, or the accused has been convicted.

SERVICES

What Victim Services does for victims:

  • Provide crisis support (no appointment required).
  • Help victims understand their options.
  • Share information about the court process, including how victims can participate.
  • Inform victims about their rights.
  • Provide support and information for victims throughout the criminal justice process, if needed.
  • Help victims develop a safety plan , apply for protective court orders and prepare Victim Impact Statements.
  • Help victims get support from other agencies.
  • Provide emergency practical support (VCEF)

PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

Funding Programs

Victims of Crime Emergency Fund (VCEF)

We have a Victims of Crime Emergency Fund (VCEF) which can provide immediate emergency assistance to victims of crime.

Crime Prevention & Victim Services Fund

Victim Services manages the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Fund. This fund provides support to Yukon community groups for a wide range of grassroots projects aimed at preventing crime and supporting victims.

Youth Investment Fund

Victim Services receives applications for the Youth Investment Fund. This fund provides support projects that promote self-esteem, encourage development of positive lifestyle choices, or create social or recreational opportunities.

Education & Training

Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Training

Victim Services provides “Help for the Helpers”. We offer assistance in dealing with Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue in a group or individual setting. Contact us or read our flyer for more information.

Public Education

Victim Services makes presentations upon request to schools, groups and communities on topics related to victims of crime. Please contact us for more information.

National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

Each April, Victim Services hosts events and shares information as part of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.

In 2013, the theme is “We all have a role.” For more information on Yukon events, please contact our office.

Interagency work

Lynx Project

We are working with other agencies in the Yukon in order to improve justice system responses to children and youth who are victims or witnesses of crime. This includes minimizing system-induced trauma that might arise from things like being interviewed by the police, dealing with medical exams or testifying in court.

Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC)

SARC is a multi-disciplinary community of practice for sexual assault service providers. SARC is co-chaired by Victim Services.

 

OTHER INITIATIVES

Victims of Crime Strategy (2009-2014)

In August 2009, the Department of Justice released the Victims of Crime Strategy . The strategy includes strengthening the focus on the needs of victims of crime with an emphasis on addressing violence against women.

The Victims of Crime Strategy is designed to:

  • acknowledge, formalize and strengthen the government’s existing services;
  • explore new and emerging initiatives, including legislative options, to provide more services; and
  • work with others to examine new supports for victims of crime.

APPROACH OF VICTIM SERVICES

We works with others to help:

  • Ensure there is a network of support for all people affected by a crime.
  • Build an integrated and responsive justice system.
  • Ensure the rights of victims are respected throughout their experience.
  • Create a circle of safety and respect
  • Reduce the tolerance for violence.

We work collaboratively with community organizations, First Nations, transition homes, the RCMP and other health and justice system partners.

Victim Services believes in confidentiality, safety and respect for people’s experiences and choices.

Our services are confidential

We won’t tell you what you have to do. Normally, we also won't discuss your situation with anyone else without your knowledge and permission. However, sometimes we are required by law to inform others (such as if the victim is under 19, or a crime is about to be committed).

Our staff can help you through a difficult time. We will listen and provide the information you need.