Do you know the BC Crime Victim Assistance Program provides FREE counselling benefits to eligible victims, their immediate family members and applicants who meet the definition of ‘witness’ under the Crime Victim Assistance Act (CVAP program, Counselling Guidelines, p 3).
The General regulation establishes the maximum number of hours of counselling available, as follows:
- 48 hours for victims
- 36 hours for immediate family members, and
- 12 hours for witnesses
Some crimes may be against people (for example, hitting, threatening, stalking, sexually assaulting or killing someone). Other crimes may be against property (for example, stealing someone’s car or breaking someone’s windows). You can learn more from these links: Crime Examples, Resources by Crime Type
If you are victim of a crime, first step is to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. Besides calling 911, you can also call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808.
BC Crime Victim Assistance Program assists victims, immediate family members and some witnesses in coping with the effects of violent crime/assault. It also provides financial benefits to help offset financial losses and assist in recovery.
All you have to do is, filling the Application form and submitting it (online or paper form). I can help you in filling the application form. You don’t have to wait for charges to be laid or for the offender to be convicted before applying for benefits. Getting support from CVAP does not mean you have agree to press legal charges on the offender.
CVAP benefits also include:
- Medical and dental services
- Prescription drug expenses
- Protective measures
- Replacement of damaged or destroyed eyeglasses, clothing and disability aids
- Childcare and homemaker services
- Disability aids and related disability expenses or services
- Support for a child born because of a crime
- Vocational services
- Income support or lost earning capacity
- Transportation and related expenses
- Crime scene cleaning
If you have suffered a crime recently, allow me to help you recover from trauma.