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Victim Services

Crime Knows No Bounds

Crime affects everyone. Cultural and religious background, financial and social status are not a deterrent as crime knows no bounds.

Crime Hurts

Being a victim of crime and/or trauma can be a difficult and confusing experience. Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, and an inability to move forward may result. Many people are re-victimized by a lack of knowledge of the Criminal Justice System, and the feeling they have no voice in the process. The inability of well meaning family, friends and society to fully understand the personal losses that have been suffered can be deeply hurtful.

Clients

Our clients include both primary and secondary victims, witnesses, households, businesses and the general public when affected by crime or trauma.

The Abbotsford Police Victim Services Unit (APVS) was established in the spring of 1992 as a joint venture between the City of Abbotsford, Ministry of Public Safety and the Solicitor General to support, inform, and assist victims and witnesses of crime in our community. From its inception APVS has been a volunteer based agency.

Mandate

The purpose of Victim Services is to lessen the trauma associated with being the victim of crime or trauma, and to try to prevent re-victimization. Empowerment of the individual through emotional support, information, practical assistance and appropriate referrals is the cornerstone of the program's effectiveness. As much as possible clients are encouraged to exercise choice as they proceed through the Criminal Justice System and to determine the source and degree of assistance they wish to receive.

Hours of Operation

Abbotsford Police Victim Services provides:

  • Regular office hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays)
  • 24 hours, 7 days a week crisis response at the request of the Police
  • 24 hours, 7 days a week answering machine

If you are in need of Victim Services assistance, please contact us.