Victim and Witness Assistance

If you are being hurt emotionally or physically by the wrong actions of another person, you are a victim. Being a victim doesn’t always mean that you show outside scars, but it always means that you have inside scars. If you have been a victim of a crime, the services listed below can offer the support and resources you need to help your scars heal a little better.

If you suspect or have witnessed the abuse of someone close to you, talk to someone about your concerns. Don’t sit by and hope it’ll go away; you may help to save a life.

Assaulted Women’s Helpline
http://www.awhl.org

Telephone crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services, as well as culturally appropriate resources for abused women * liaison with diverse communities * confidential and anonymous

Toronto only — initial assessment and intake for assaulted women’s shelters, call 416-863-0511 or toll free 1-866-863-0511

Ontario Provincial Police
http://www.opp.ca

COVID19 – Sebringville, Listowel and Mitchell detachment locations are closed. Emergency and non-emergency services remain available. Online reporting HERE. Each detachment location still provides 24hr direct access to our OPP Communications Centre via public telephones posted at the front entrance.

Patrols provincial highways and bodies of water. Enforces laws concerning vehicle traffic, liquor, gambling, and illegal drugs under provincial statutes and criminal code. Policing services in areas not covered by municipal police and provide resources to other police and law enforcement agencies. Informs citizens on crime prevention, safety, and police oriented matters

Listowel Office, 330 Wallace Ave N, 519-291-1414 * 519-291-5414 (fax)

Mitchell Office, 169 St. David St., 519-348-9700

Ontario Provincial Police
http://www.opp.ca

Patrols provincial highways and bodies of water * enforces laws concerning vehicle traffic, liquor, gambling, and illegal drugs under provincial statutes and criminal code * policing services in areas not covered by municipal police * provide resources to other police and law enforcement agencies * informs citizens on crime prevention, safety, and police oriented matters

Ontario Provincial Police
http://www.opp.ca

COVID19 Detachment closed to the public. Services are being offered via phone. Criminal record checks can be requested online at HERE

Patrols provincial highways and bodies of water * enforces laws concerning vehicle traffic, liquor, gambling, and illegal drugs under provincial statutes and criminal code * policing services in areas not covered by municipal police * provide resources to other police and law enforcement agencies * informs citizens on crime prevention, safety, and police oriented matters

Report minor occurrences such as theft, mischief to property, lost property and diving complains online HERE

Community Policing Office at 50 Courtyard Square, Goderich

Stratford Police Service
http://www.stratfordpolice.com

Municipal policing services for the City of Stratford * for non emergency crime related incidents such as vandalism, graffiti and to provide information on past acts * for emergency incidents, residents should call 911

Wingham Police Service
http://www.northhuron.ca/emergency_services.php?area=de09

Municipal policing services for the Town of Wingham * for non emergency crime related incidents such as vandalism, graffiti and to provide information on past acts * for emergency incidents residents should call 911

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss

COVID19 Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) staff conducting interactions with clients by phone. Call office for information, support and referrals.

Information and assistance to support participation in the criminal court process * services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over * case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions) * court preparation * needs assessment * emotional support * crisis intervention * referrals to community agencies

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund – financial and court-based supports to enable victims of crime and families of homicide victims to attend court * travel arrangements and expenses * language interpretation * real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss

COVID19 Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) staff conducting interactions with clients by phone. Call office for information, support and referrals.

Information and assistance to support participation in the criminal court process * services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over * case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions) * court preparation * needs assessment * emotional support * crisis intervention * referrals to community agencies

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund – financial help and court-based supports for victims of violent crime and families of homicide victims to attend court * travel arrangements and expenses * real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities

Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth
http://www.victim-services.com

On-site early intervention and crisis intervention * needs assessment * safety planning * referrals to community services * enhanced support for vulnerable victims * assistance with applications to VQRP+

Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+) — assistance with emergency expenses related to the incident, including home safety, accommodation, meals, transportation, basic necessities, dependent care costs, counselling, traditional Indigenous health services, cellular phones, vision care, dental care, aids for victims with disabilities, interpretation services, crime scene cleanup, government/medical documents and funeral expenses * additional assistance for victims of human trafficking includes storage locker, tattoo removal, and treatment at a recovery facility * no direct reimbursement to victims for support listed above * financial support also available for victims who sustained serious physical injuries during a crime and for parents of child homicide victims and spouses of homicide victims

Satellite offices at: Hanover Police * Owen Sound Police * South Bruce OPP * Grey County OPP * Bruce Peninsula OPP * Saugeen Shores Police * West Grey Police * Blue Mountain OPP * Cape Croker * Perth County OPP * Stratford CMHA

Victim Services of Huron County
http://www.victimserviceshuron.ca

COVID19 Office phone forwarded to staff cell phone and will be answered directly. Staff are willing to support on scene First Responders if required. If phone support is an option that would be the first line of defense. Referrals, safety planning and needs assessments will be completed by phone, email. In-person support could take place after COVID19 screening questions were completed to ensure safety for all.

On-site early intervention and crisis intervention, needs assessment, safety planning, referrals to community services, enhanced support for vulnerable victims and assistance with applications to VQRP+

Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+) assistance with emergency expenses related to the incident, including home safety, accommodation, meals, transportation, basic necessities, dependent care costs, counselling, traditional Indigenous health services, cellular phones, vision care, dental care, aids for victims with disabilities, interpretation services, crime scene cleanup, government/medical documents and funeral expenses. Additional assistance for victims of human trafficking includes storage locker, tattoo removal, and treatment at a recovery facility. No direct reimbursement to victims for support listed above. Financial support also available for victims who sustained serious physical injuries during a crime and for parents of child homicide victims and spouses of homicide victim

Satellite office at Seaforth Arena 122 Duke St., Seaforth N0K 1W0

Huron Perth Crime Stoppers
http://www.hc-cs.ca

Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer program that helps to connects the community, police and media to combat crime * place anonymous tips about crimes * cruelty to animals * illegal hunting and fishing * confidential toll-free phone number * anonymous on-line tips * you will never have to go to court * your identity will never be revealed * looking for new Crime Stoppers Board Members * cash rewards up to $2000 for helping to solve a crime *