Hundreds of programs exist to provide services and sanctuary to crime victims throughout Canada. They generally provide support and practical assistance.
Crime victim assistance programs provide a range of services, including:
- Crisis intervention;
- Emergency shelter;
- Short and long-term emotional support;
- Court preparation;
- Accompaniment throughout the justice system;
- Information sharing with victims of federally sentenced offenders (by the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board); and
These assistance programs are generally offered by a variety of agencies, including police-based services, court-based services, community-based services, volunteers, or by non-governmental organizations or charitable organizations.