You don’t always hear about it in the news stories, but almost every time there’s a serious crime or fatal accident a team of people swings into action to help the victims.
And, in most cases it’s RCMP Victim Services taking the lead.
Through professionals and volunteers they offer emotional support, information on what’s happening with the court process, and help with things like writing victim impact statements.
Erin Pollock is with Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services.
Wayne Spychka is Program Coordinator with Sunshine Coast RCMP Victim Services. He says rural communities offer some unique challenges.
Spychka also says the so-called “police based” victim services programs work closely with other agencies in the community, especially on things like referals to counseling or legal help.
April 6th to 12th is Victims of Crime Awareness Week in Canada.