Support a victim of crime

Victimization affects the whole community. We need to work together to:

  • create a circle of safety and respect and
  • reduce the tolerance for violence.

Every victim

  • Has their own unique experience of a crime.
  • They also have different ways of responding and coping.

As a support person

  • You just need to be present for the victim.
  • You’ll have to be patient as they work through their emotions.

How you can support a victim

  • Tell them you believe them and will be there to support them.
  • Tell them the crime was not their fault.
  • Understand their desire not to talk about things; this is a normal reaction.
  • Ask them: What do you need?
  • Encourage the victim to seek support and counselling. They don’t have to report a crime to get support.
  • Go with them:
    • to medical appointments;
    • if they report to the police; or
    • to court.
  • Help them learn about their options.

Take care of yourself

Give yourself time to process what’s happened. If you need support or information, contact Victim Services. We can help:

  • you understand how you can support someone; and
  • how you can get support for yourself.



You can phone or drop in to talk to us (no appointment required) Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


In person: 212 Main Street, Suite 210 – 2nd floor
Phone: 867-667-8500
Toll free: 1-800-661-0408, ext: 8500

Dawson City

In person: 813B 3rd Avenue
Phone: 867-993-5831

Watson Lake

In person: 820 Adela Trail
Phone: 867-536-2541