If you have been a victim of crime, Victim Services is here to help
Victim Services is a free service offered by the Department of Justice and Public Safety to victims of crime in Newfoundland and Labrador. Victim Services provides assistance to victims of:
- intimate partner violence (domestic violence);
- sexual assault;
- criminal harassment (stalking);
- personal violence like assault; assault with a weapon; assault causing bodily harm;
- homicide (family members can access services);
- impaired driving;
- property crimes; and
- theft and fraud.
Services are available to adult victims of crime, 16 years of age and older whether or not the crime has been reported or a charge has been laid. Services are also available to children, youth, or witnesses (under 16 years of age) when charges are laid. A caregiver or legal guardian must consent to services.
We are here to provide:
- General information about the criminal justice system;
- Information on your specific case;
- Safety planning;
- Court preparation;
- Assistance writing your victim impact statement;
- Referrals to specialized community resources; if required; and
- Emotional support and short-term counseling as you prepare to go through court.
We cannot provide:
- Services for incidents that are not criminal in nature such as sudden deaths, suicides, or traumatic accidents;
- Family and/or civil matters; or
- Legal advice.