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For information about programs and services for victims of crime and their families, follow the links below.
To locate services in or near your community, use the Victim Services Directory or call the Victim Support Line toll-free at 1-888-579-2888, or in the Greater Toronto Area, 416-314-2447. If this is an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Support services for victims and families of victims:
Financial assistance programs for victims and families of victims:
Other initiatives for victims of crime:
Can't find what you're looking for? To find out which service(s) you need and how to access them, use the Victim Services Directory or call the Victim Support Line toll-free at 1-888-579-2888, or in the Greater Toronto Area, 416-314-2447.
Ontario's Domestic Violence Court has specialized processes for domestic violence cases during the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence cases.
Teams of specialized professionals work together to improve support for victims and investigate and prosecute cases more efficiently. These teams include police, crown attorneys, Victim / Witness Assistance Program staff, probation services, Partner Assault Response program staff and other community agencies.
Family Court Support Workers provide direct support to victims of domestic violence who are involved in the family court process.
A Family Court Support Worker will:
Family Court Support Workers are based in communities across the province. For a list of service providers, click here.
If you have questions about the program, or need helping finding your service provider, please call the Victim Support Line toll-free at 1-888-579-2888, or 416-314-2447 in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Child Victim/Witness Program offers support and services to child victims and witnesses during the criminal court process. To find the Child Victim/Witness Program nearest you, please use the Victim Services Directory or call the Victim Support Line toll-free at 1-888-579-2888, or 416-314-2447 in the Greater Toronto Area. In areas where a Child Victim/Witness Program is not available, the Victim/Witness Assistance Program provides similar services.
Partner Assault Response (PAR) programs, a component of Ontario’s Domestic Violence Court program, are specialized counselling and educational services offered by community-based agencies to people who have assaulted their partners. Some offenders are ordered to attend the PAR program by the court. PAR programs aim to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable for their behaviour. Read more.
The 16-week long program gives offenders the opportunity to examine their beliefs and attitudes towards domestic abuse, and to learn non-abusive ways of resolving conflict.
While an offender is in the PAR program, staff offer the victim help with safety planning, referrals to community resources, and information about the offender's progress.
To find the PAR services in your community, visit the online Victim Services Directory.
Female victims and survivors of sexual assault who are 16 years of age or older are eligible for a variety of counselling, information and referral services from community-based Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centres. These services include:
To find the Sexual Assault / Rape Crisis Centre closest to you, visit the online Victim Services Directory.
Through the SupportLink program, victims at risk of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking receive help developing a personal safety plan, information and referral to community services, follow-up contact, and, where appropriate, a cell phone pre-programmed to dial 911.
The Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Services (VCARS) program provides immediate, on-site service to victims of crime 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
With a victim’s consent, police will arrange for VCARS staff and/or specially trained volunteers to provide on-site, short-term assistance to victims, and make referrals to community agencies for long-term assistance.
The Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) provides immediate assistance to victims of violent crime. Through this program, eligible victims who have no other financial means are able to access the following services:
VQRP is available in over 50 communities across the province. To find out if you are eligible for this program, and how to apply for support, please click here.
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program provides information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime to increase their understanding of, and participation in, the criminal court process. Read more.
Services are provided on a priority basis to the most vulnerable victims and witnesses of violent crime, such as domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, homicide and hate crime. Families of traffic fatality victims are also eligible. Services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over.
Victim/Witness Assistance Program services include:
Staff also advise Crown attorneys on issues related to sexual assault and domestic violence, and participate in public education activities, engage in community initiatives and the development of related protocols with community partners. View our service standards.
For more information, please refer to the Victim/Witness Assistance Program brochure.
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program brochure is also available in the following languages:
The Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund helps victims of crime and families of homicide victims participate more fully in the criminal court process. Read more.
Financial and court-based supports include:
Victims of crime and families of homicide victims should apply through Ontario’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program (V/WAP), which is available in all 54 court districts across the province. V/WAP staff will determine eligibility on a case-by-case basis and help those who may qualify for assistance to apply. To find the V/WAP office closest to you, visit the online Victims Services Directory.