Services

**New!** TEXT AND LIVE CHAT!

Victims/survivors, their friends, and families can reach out through our texting service AND live chat system:

When a trained CRCVC staff member is available to help:

Text: You can text us at 613-208-0747 and we’ll reply shortly via text.

Chat: The icon on the bottom right-hand side of the website will say ‘CHAT WITH US’ – ‘NEED HELP? Click to Chat!’ Click on the talk bubble icon below and a new chat window will open. Sometimes, a chat window will open up and let you know we are there.

Currently, regular support through text and online chats are available during regular office hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm EST (English, French, Romanian)

Toll free information & support line

Victims and survivors of interpersonal violence and their families can call 1-877-232-2610 for information about the Canadian criminal justice system or for assistance in obtaining services and accessing resources. We offer emotional support to callers from 8:30am – 4:30pm (EST) Monday – Friday.

Advocacy

We work with all levels of government in Canada to provide submissions, presentations, information and recommendations in respect of the interests of victims of crime. We can also support victims individually to help them find resources, fill out paperwork, and explain the different options available to them to empower decision-making.

Information Resources & Research 

We conduct research in the field of victimology in order to offer quality resource materials to victims of crime, service workers across Canada and the public. We disseminating knowledge to the public through reports and publications in the media, social media, our monthly newsletter and web site. We also work to promote and enhance the interaction and exchange of information and perspectives among agencies and groups within the Canadian Criminal Justice System, and the international victim services community.

Support Groups

The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime is having its one year anniversary of its monthly drop-in support group for “loss to violence” on Thursday, May 30th, from 7:15-9:15pm, in room P-107 of the P Building at Algonquin College. The group is for family members, friends and close loved ones of homicide victims and is intended to offer peer support to those dealing with violent loss. Snacks will be provided. Please visit our Facebook page or Twitter for more details and updates if need be.
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Please RSVP at crcvc@crcvc.ca.

 

Public Education

As well as speaking in the media, we regularly conduct workshops and presentations at colleges, universities, community events, and conferences in respect of the issues affecting victims of crime.

Memorial

We provide long-term support and assistance to Next of Kin of fallen police and peace officers and coordinate events for those families attending the annual Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to honour their fallen loved ones. As well, we act as a liaison between victims/survivors and various police services and associations; providing assistance and support.

Outreach

We proactively reach out to survivors of violent crime in Canada in hopes of fostering a helping relationship with those victims that may not be aware of the services available to them. We also assists victims and survivors to connect with others who have been similarly victimized.

Corrections & Parole

We assist and support victims to exercise their right to information about the offender who harmed them. We offer a number of services including registration assistance, representation (victims can appoint us to receive notifications on their behalf), accompaniment to parole hearings, and advocacy on their case.

My name is Donna McCully.

It was always our wish to live in Jamaica in our dream home. So, in August 2012, my husband Sedrick Levine and I left Canada to move into our new home. We were thrilled to finally be starting the next chapter in our lives, in Sedrick’s beloved homeland. He bought a little bus and planned to operate tours for visitors to the island. I was helping him run this business venture, as part of our semi- retirement in Jamaica.

My life as I knew it was suddenly shattered when two masked men broke into our home on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Sedrick struggled with the men, allowing me to flee upstairs to call the police. His actions saved my life that day, and that of my father and his housekeeper, who were visiting us at the time. One of the masked intruders chased me upstairs and kicked in the bathroom door, but he stopped when he heard a gunshot from downstairs.

My husband Sedrick was killed that day and the men fled our home with a laptop. The Jamaican police have not yet found these men or charged them with killing my beloved husband. Their motive remains unknown.

This crime has completely changed my life. I suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder now and have depression as a result. I came back to Canada, but I feel very isolated since this happened. These emotional scars may never heal.

I managed to find the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime by searching online one day. I didn’t know where to turn for help when I came home to Canada. The CRCVC has provided me with a lot of emotional support, which has been tremendously helpful. They’ve also written numerous letters to Jamaican officials seeking justice for Sedrick, as well as intervening with Canadian officials on my behalf. The office also helped connect me to a trauma therapist for counselling sessions too.

In order to try and make sense of what happened to Sedrick, it is my hope that others could support the work of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime. There are so many other victims/survivors out there who also need their assistance.