The Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association (Victim Services Alberta) wants you to know how important victims service organizations are to everyday people like you in Alberta.
With proposed changes to the Victims of Crime and Public Safety Act, ongoing economic instability, rising crime rates, and increasing needs across our province, you have an opportunity to do something incredible for the thousands of people who will be victims of crime this year.
Support Victims highlights the lasting positive impact of VSA Member organizations in our province.
“The impact of the assistance that your local victim service organization provides to every person who needs support cannot be understated,” Brian Turpin, President at Victim Services Alberta. He notes that academic studies support the value of appropriate assistance for victims of crime and tragedy, “People will have better physical and mental health outcomes, and will get back to work or school and their daily routines faster if we work together and provide the right assistance for each unique case.”
Lori Rehill, Past President of Victim Services Alberta and retired Executive Director at Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society, adds, “What appropriate support means to a victim is access to all of the care, programs and services for their healing and recovery. What it means to family and friends is that they can focus on intently listening to and caring for the person who needs them, without needing to worry about finding help or navigating complex health, social service, and justice systems.”
Indeed, the work of Victim Services Alberta’s many member organizations can be found in every community in Alberta. Local teams of Victim Advocates respond to all types of crimes and situations, often arriving at a scene while emergency workers are still working. Advocates support thousands of community members impacted by some of the more than 400,000 crimes committed in Alberta annually.
With the provincial government poised to make changes to victims’ services later this year, Turpin says the timing of the campaign is not a coincidence, “We know that every crime has victims and that every victim needs appropriate support. We want the voices of Albertans to be heard by the people who have the power to make sure that victims are properly supported, so that they too will speak up in support of victims’ services, and not cause further injury to victims by their decisions.”
The campaign runs all through May, and can be found at supportvictims.ca and on social media.
If you need assistance right now, please call 911.
If you have questions or need non-urgent support, please connect with a VSA Member organization.