VICTIM/WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program (V/WAP) provides information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime to increase their understanding of, and participation in, the criminal court process. Services are provided on a priority basis to the most vulnerable victims and witnesses of crime, including victims/survivors of sexual assault. Services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over. V/WAP offices are located in all 54 court districts.
To find the V/WAP office in your area, you can call the Victim Support Line at:
Toll-free: 1 888 579-2888 Visit the Victim Services Directory at: http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/
SUPPORT SERVICES FOR MALE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
The Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse program provides help for male survivors of sexual abuse, both recent and historical. Male survivors of sexual abuse have access to a number of specialized services to help them deal with the impact of abuse, including:
•individual and group counselling
•telephone and online counselling
•referrals to other appropriate community support services to meet other long-term needs that clients may have
Toll-free 24-hour, multilingual line for immediate crisis and referral services:
VICTIM WITNESS LIAISON PROGRAM
The Victim Witness Liaison Program is delivered by the Nishnawbe-Ask Legal Services Corporation (NALSC). Victim Witness Liaisons provide a variety of services for all members of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory - regardless of age, gender, sexual preference or ability. Services include:
•Assistance in completing legal documents and other forms i.e. Victim Impact Statements (VIS),
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) application forms.
•Helping the victims and witnesses understand the court process.
•Obtaining the necessary information in regards to cases, CICB requested documents, whereabouts of
the offender, the resources available to victims and witnesses, etc.
•Supporting victims and witnesses by liaising with Crown Attorneys, Chief and Council, families and service providers in the community, etc.
•Making referrals to appropriate services and agencies.