Victimization affects the whole community. We need to work together to:
- create a circle of safety and respect and
- reduce the tolerance for violence.
- 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 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In person: 301 Jarvis Street, 2nd floor
Toll free: 1-800-661-0408, ext: 8500
In person: 813B 3rd Avenue
In person: 820 Adela Trail