Programs & Services

VSPN provides immediate emotional and/or practical support to victims of crime, tragedy and/or disaster, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • On-scene: On consent of the victim, police or other emergency personnel can mobilize teams of volunteer crisis responders to assist with immediate emotional and practical needs of victims and offer referrals to long term community services
  • In-office or telephone support
  • Follow-up: Follow-up calls to victims will be made within a few days to ensure all needs have been met
  • Telephone Support
  • Criminal and Civil Court Support & Legal Appointments (Accompaniment)
  • Assistance with Victim Related Documents: Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
  • Emotional Support & Practical Assistance
  • Community Referrals
  • Speakers Bureau

 

Victim Quick Response Program

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If you are a victim who has experienced:

  • Homicide
  • Attempted Murder
  • Serious assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Hate Crimes
  • Human Traffickin
  1. Short-term immediate counselling (up to $1,000 for approximately 10 sessions).
    • Available within 90 days of reporting.
    • May be eligible for transportation expenses to attend counselling when he/she lives in a rural/remote area (up to $250).
  2. Funeral expenses for victims of homicide (up to $5000).
    • Available within 45 days of reporting.
  3. Crime scene cleanup where a specialized company is needed (up to $1,500).
    • Available within 45 days of reporting.
  4. Immediate emergency expenses for:
    • Costs incurred to ensure a victim’s home is secured immediately after a crime. For example installing plywood sheets over broken windows, replacing or repairing broken windows, locks, doors, primary telephone or cell phone if existing one is broken, repairing telephone lines if lines were cut, and reconnecting electricity or gas lines if cut.
    • Transportation costs for a family member to identify a victim of homicide, or to support a victim who has suffered serious injury.
    • Child care/care for elderly or special-needs dependents to allow a family member to identify a victim of homicide or support a victim who has suffered serious injury.
    • Accommodation and meals where the victim or an immediate family member must travel out of town or leave home.
    • Available within 45 days of reporting**Combined expenses of up to $1000

Who May Apply for VQRP?
A victim who is suffering from emotional and/or physical harm as a result of a crime is eligible to apply for these services if he or she:

  • has report a violent criminal code offence that occurred in Ontario to a Police Services in the Province of Ontario, or;
  • in cases of domestic violence or sexual assault to a hospital or community agency that provides support to these victims in the Province of Ontario.
  • is a resident of Ontario
  • is not charged in the offence
  • has no other financial resources available to meet their needs

 Who Else Can Apply?

  • an immediate family member applying on behalf of a victim
  • the custodial guardian of a victim who is a minor child
  • an individual with legal authority to act on behalf of a victim who has special needs