Fort Saskatchewan Victim Services is a police-based assistance program. Referred to us by the RCMP, our clients are victims of a criminal code offense or tragedy.
The Victim Services Unit is designed to assist those who have been primary and secondary victims of crime or trauma.
The goals of the Victim Services Unit are to:
-Lessen the immediate impact of a crime on a victim
-Help victims cope with the effects of a crime by providing assistance and referrals to existing agencies
-Providing encouragement to victims
-Focus on the prevention of any further victimization
-Assist with any trauma management that may be required
Fort Saskatchewan Victim Services is committed to providing information, referrals, and support to victims of crime and tragedy.
Our team is comprised of both paid and volunteer staff that successfully completed an RCMP enhanced security clearance. In addition to this, staff and volunteer advocates undergo extensive training necessary to handle emergency and high-stress situations.
If you would like to become a volunteer advocate, please email us at our contact page.
1. Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect.
2. The privacy of victims should be considered and respected to the greatest extent possible.
3. All reasonable measures should be taken to minimize inconvenience to victims.
4. Victims should promptly receive, in accordance with the Act and the regulations; financial benefits for the injuries that they have suffered.
5. The safety and security of victims should be considered at all stages of the criminal justice process, and appropriate measures to protect victims from intimidation and retaliation should be taken when necessary.
6. Information should be provided to victims about the criminal justice system and the victim's role and opportunities to participate in criminal justice processes.,
7. Information should be provided to victims, in accordance with prevailing law, policies and procedures, about the status of the investigation, the scheduling, progress, and final outcome of the proceedings and the status of the offender in the correctional system.
8. Information should be provided to victims about available victim assistance services, including the Victim Impact Statement, requesting restitution, means of obtaining financial reparation and other assistance and programs.
9. The views, concerns, and representation of victims are an important consideration in criminal justice processes and should be considered in accordance with prevailing laws, policies, and procedures.
10. The needs, concerns, and diversity of victims should be considered in the development and delivery of programs and services and in related education and training.
11. Information should be provided to victims about available options to raise their concerns when they believe that these principles have not been followed.