We have a new email address for our Victim Services Unit and we want to ensure you know how to reach out to us. If you, or anyone you know, needs our assistance please connect with us so we can work together to provide you with the resources you need. The Victim Services Unit can now be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victim Services of Durham Region, a community based, not-for-profit program funded by the Government of Ontario, recognizes the importance of all victims, witnesses and their families being treated with compassion, respect and having access to the services that they need, when they need it most.
Working in partnership with the Durham Regional Police Service since 1998, Victim Services of Durham Region currently offers four programs to meet the immediate emotional and practical needs of victims and their families within the Durham Region.
Services offered through Victim Services of Durham Region include:
• VCARS - 24/7 On-Scene Support *Based on Police Referral*
With the assistance of a team of well-trained community volunteers, victims and/or their families have 24/7 access to *police referred on-scene and telephone support.
Victims who consent to a Volunteer Crisis Responder Team will be provided with emotional support and practical assistance and will receive appropriate community referrals to obtain long-term support.
Interested in volunteering with Victim Services of Durham Region? Please visit ‘Items of Interest’ for more information on becoming a Volunteer Crisis Responder or a Volunteer on our Board of Directors.
Victim Support Worker’s provide supportive outreach services to ALL victims and their families following any type of crime or tragic circumstance. Outreach support can be accessed by a victim and/or their family members by calling our office, during regular business hours or through a Police Referral.
In addition, our Outreach program provides prompt, supportive services to ALL victims of domestic violence.
The program provides high-risk victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, criminal harassment and stalking with extensive safety planning and pre-programmed cell phones to 911. *Victim must meet eligibility criteria*
• VICTIM QUICK RESPONSE PROGRAM (VQRP)
VQRP is designed to assist victims, of the most violent crimes who require immediate financial assistance that cannot be obtained through other sources. The program is designed to provide short-term assistance to victims in the immediate aftermath of a violent crime.
The following assistance is available to victims of homicide, attempt murder, serious assault, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes:
Emergency Expenses within 45 days of the date of the incident, for eligible victims, for emergency home safety expenses to secure premises for victim safety, emergency transportation costs, emergency child care and dependent care for elderly and special needs dependents, emergency accommodation and meals, personal items, costs for crime scene clean-up and visible hate crime graffiti.
Funeral Expenses within 45 days of the date of the incident to assist eligible families of homicide victims;
Emergency Counselling within 90 days of the date of the incident to provide short-term, early intervention counselling to help victims of serious crimes recover from their experience.
General Inquiries and Telephone Support (during regular business hours):
Telephone: 905-579-1520 ext. 1846
Toll Free: 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1846
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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