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what is victim services all about?
The North Simcoe Victim Crisis Services is a community-based service that assists police and other emergency personnel in providing short-term emotional support and practical assistance to victims of crime, tragic circumstance and disaster. Community volunteers provide for the victim’s immediate needs and supply referrals to existing community services if longer-term care is required. Crisis assistance is given by specially trained community volunteers who are on call to all emergency services in the area, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the consent of the victim, the attending officer will call on the volunteers to render whatever emotional support or practical assistance is needed.
The people assisted may be victims of any occurrence including: sudden death notifications, domestics, suicides, sexual assaults, assaults, break and enters, motor vehicle accidents (including fatalities), fires, personal crises or disaster. Family members and/or friends also may be assisted.
In addition to emotional support, volunteers may provide transportation to emergency shelters; make phone calls or other arrangements on request. If the victim is identified as having longer-term needs, the volunteers will provide information and referral options for further assistance. Victims’ assistance services do not provide what other agencies in the community have to offer but simply bridge the gap between those in need and those helpers that can provide service.
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