who we are
Who We Are
Greater Victoria Police Victim Services (GVPVS) provides services to victims of crime or trauma who may or may not have reported the crime to police or be involved with the criminal justice system. Since 1983, GVPVS has provided emotional and practical support for victims of crime and trauma. We are a registered non-profit society with charitable tax status. We are governed by a 14-member board of directors. Seven members of our board are representatives of the police agencies with whom we work, and the remaining seven members are civilians.
GVPVS serves the Capital Regional District and works in partnership with the seven police agencies in the region:
- Central Saanich Police Service
- Military Police Unit Esquimalt
- Oak Bay Police Department
- Saanich Police
- Sidney/North Saanich RCMP
- Victoria Police Department
- West Shore RCMP
- To lessen the impact of crime and trauma on victims and their families and to assist in their recovery.
- To increase victim safety and to help reduce the risk of further victimization.
- To increase the level of participation and sense of empowerment for victims throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system.
- To increase the effectiveness of a victim while acting as a witness in a court proceeding.
We Can Help
- Provide emotional and practical support.
- Make referrals to services.
- Make plans for your safety.
- With Crime Victim Assistance applications.
- With Victim Impact Statements.
- Provide information about the court and criminal justice systems.
- Accompany you to court.
- Educate you on victim rights and services.
Your Rights If You Are A Victim of Crime
British Columbia’s Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) gives you the right to receive information about:
- Victim services available to you.
- Benefits and financial assistance for criminal injury.
- How the criminal justice system works and the status of the police investigation and the court case.
- Administration of the offender’s sentence.
- Your right to privacy.