Bissell Centre, along with Boyle Street Community Services, provides street level access to programs and services to those who’ve been victims of crime. This program offers a safe gateway for marginalized people to acquire information and receive support to ultimately access and successfully navigate the Criminal Justice System.

Our Victim Support Services staff members also assist individuals with:

  • one on one case management to ensure social and emotional support
  • identifying participants who are eligible to access financial benefits
  • court support and assistance with documentation
  • crisis intervention, risk and needs assessment and safety planning
  • teaching financial literacy skills
  • community awareness education

Victim Support for People with Disabilities

Although similar to Inner City Victim Services, Victim Support for People with Disabilities (VSPD) has a more specific focus in supporting individuals living with physical, mental and developmental disabilities. We recognize that people with disabilities are at a higher risk of being victimized and the justice system can often be overwhelming, especially if an individual has limited supports.

This program is outreach based and can assist victims with:

  • one on one case management to ensure social and emotional support
  • identifying participants who are eligible to access financial benefits
  • court support and assistance with documentation
  • crisis intervention, risk and needs assessment and safety planning
  • teaching financial literacy skills
  • community awareness education
  • referring to internal supports or external agencies for support elsewhere

The goal is to help the victim feel supported, informed and confident in their role in the justice system and we aim to make it a more comfortable experience.


Inner City Victim Services
Rob Sipes
780.232.7840
rsipes@bissellcentre.org
 
OR
 
Erin Hample
780-994-3295
ehample@bissellcentre.org


Victim Support for People
with Disabilities

Geena Gibson
Cell: 587-335-5874
Fax: 780-441-3560

 

This program is unique to Canada and an important service to low income victims of crimes, mostly violent crimes.