East & West Parry Sound Victim Services is a community-based service, which provides short-term emotional support and practical assistance to people affected by crime, trauma, and tragic circumstance. Referrals are received from police, fire, and hospital personnel. The services can also be accessed directly by you.
Specially trained staff and volunteers are on-call twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week to provide crisis assistance. With your consent, crisis response teams will render whatever emotional support or practical assistance is needed.
The objective of the service is to lessen the trauma of being victimized, help you cope with the impact of crime or tragic circumstance, and encourage you to connect with other services that provide counselling, financial assistance, housing, compensation, medical or legal services, as appropriate.
We assist victims of events such as robbery, break and enter sudden death, domestic violence and sexual assault, and/or other tragic circumstances including fire, in order to limit the effect of the crisis and more quickly return peoples’ lives to a degree of normality. We do this by:
Offering short-term emotional support and information. If further, longer-term support is needed, referrals will be made to appropriate agencies.
Developing and maintaining the capacity to connect victims to appropriate community services by providing information and referral options in the community (i.e. counselling, legal aid, criminal injuries compensation, and crime prevention programs) to meet their longer-term needs.
Having the service available to all police, fire and emergency services in the District of Parry Sound
Making crisis assistance available to victims on a twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week basis.
Recruiting, training, and coordinating a corps of staff and volunteers to effectively deliver victim services.
Enhancing the ability of fire and police services to meet the crisis needs of victims by making them aware of East & West Parry Sound Victim Service, its benefits, and proper use.
Reducing the negative impact of victimization by providing emotional support, information, practical assistance, and immediate referrals to community services