The Vulcan Regional Victim Services Society promotes and advocates the rights and entitlements of victims of crime and trauma through information, referral, support, assistance, community liaison, and education.

Serving the needs of victims of crime and trauma in Vulcan County, Alberta.

Our Services



No one expects to be affected by a crime or trauma. If you, or anyone you care about, are affected by such events you may experience a range of feelings:

Fear - Anger - Violation - Anxiety - Isolation - Stress - Shock - Helplessness - Self-Doubt - Disbelief - Hurt - Depression


Vulcan Regional Victims Services provides support, information and referrals for adults and children affected by:

Domestic Assault - Family Violence - Sexual Assault - Sudden Death - Motor Vehicle Collision - Assault - Theft - Break and Enter - Fire


Our role is to reduce the impact you may experience from a crime or tragedy.


Types of Service

Crisis Response

VRVSS provides 24 hour, 7 day per week, on-call assistance to victims requiring immediate trauma intervention, emotional support and practical assistance. Volunteer advocates are paged by RCMP members through referrals from other community agencies including the Vulcan Regional Hospital, Vulcan & District Family & Community Support Services as well as Fire and Emergency Medical personnel. When responding to a crisis call, advocates work in teams of two.

General Assistance

Advocates provide non-judgmental support and practical assistance including formalized court preparation sessions for crown witnesses, the accompaniment of victims to court, information on bail hearings, and assistance with the completion of victim impact statements, restitution claims and applications for financial benefits.

Referral

Advocates are trained in appropriate community resources for victims who require additional or complimentary services, including the referral of victims of crime and trauma to mental health professionals.

Information

Advocates inform victims of their rights when dealing with the criminal justice system, keeping these individuals abreast of developments with criminal investigations and all court proceedings.

Public Education

The VRVSS promotes crime prevention awareness through the provision of preventive information to victims of crime, conducting community presentations and educational seminars, and acting as a resource for other community agencies who may come into contact with victims.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefings

The VRVSS have advocates trained in Critical Incident Stress Management. They are able to offer services to first responders encountering particularly stressful calls.


If you need further assistance, please feel free to call Vulcan Regional Victims Services at 403-485-6163. The following Website links may be of assistance to you:


SUICIDE:

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by suicide, the following links may be of interest to you.

Centre for Suicide Prevention → www.suicideinfo.ca

Befriender’s International → www.befrienders.org

Metanoia → www.metanoia.org/suicide

Griefworks B.C. → www.griefworks.com

Kid’s Help Phone → www.kidshelpphone.ca/teens/home/splas.aspx

For Survivors of Suicide → www.suicidesurvivors.com



SEXUAL ASSAULT:

If you, or someone you know, have been a victim of sexual assault the following links may be informative.

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse → www.calgarycasa.com

Alliance to End Violence → www.endviolence.ca



FAMILY ISSUES:

If you or someone in your family is struggling with communication and relationship issues, family law information or civil court applications, the following links may be of interest.

Legal Aid Alberta → www.legalaid.ab.ca/Pages/default.aspx

Parent Support Association of Calgary → www.psa.calgary.ab.ca

Wood’s Homes → www.woodshomes.ca



FAMILY VIOLENCE

Family Violence Prevention → www.child.alberta.ca/home/593.cfm

Calgary and Area Child and Family Services → www.calgaryandareacfsa.gov.ab.ca/home/index.cfm

Inform Alberta → InformAlberta.ca



BULLYING

Bully Free Alberta → www.bullyfreealberta.ca

Child Alberta → www.child.alberta.ca/home

Calgary and Area CFSA Projects → www.calgaryandareacfsa.gov.ab.ca/home/index.cfm