About the Service Victim Service Section
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The Victim Service Section was established in 1982 to assist victims of crime and tragedy and their families by providing support, information and appropriate referrals.
Crime victimization may leave victims, families and friends – even the community around them – in a state of turmoil. Those impacted by crime begin to view the world around them differently following victimization and this affects a range of factors including the quality of their home lives, their social lives and often their general sense of security and well-being. While there may be significant financial loss or physical injury, often the most significant effect of crime is the psychological trauma caused by victimization and its aftermath.
Providing victims with a sense of safety, allowing them a chance for ventilation and validation and giving them timely and accurate information and referrals is the primary goal of the Victim Service Section. The area where the Section assists most often includes:
- offering emotional support
- providing police case information
- providing information about the justice system
- providing information about progress of cases through the courts
- notifying victims of the police release of accused persons when non-communication orders apply
- referring victims and their families to appropriate community resources for follow-up, including Justice-Based Victim Service Programs, Age and Opportunity, Osborne House and Klinic
- educating the public and WPS members regarding victimization and the impact of crime as well as providing information regarding the role of the Victim Service Section
The Victim Service Section is made up of one police constable and three staff. As well, the Section has approximately 50 volunteer caseworkers who contact those impacted by crime and tragedy and/or their families by telephone and/or via a mail out. The hours of operation are from Monday to Thursday from 08:30to 21:00 and Friday from 08:30 -16:30.
While referrals are obtained on a daily basis via internal means, the Victim Service Section also accepts referrals from citizens, community agencies and police officers.
For information about volunteering with the Winnipeg Police Service, Victim Service Section, contact us:
- by phone at 204-986-6350
- by completing the Volunteer Application Form and faxing it to 204-957-2450
- by mailing it
Victim Service Unit
Winnipeg Police Service
P.O. Box 1680
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