BC Ministry of Justice

Crime Victim Assistance Program

If you are a victim, immediate family member, or a witness to a crime who has been injured physically or emotionally, you may be eligible for financial assistance or benefits to help with costs and your recovery.

Financial Support and Benefits

Victims, their immediate family members, and witnesses dealing with the effects of violent crime may suffer financial losses or injury. The Crime Victim Assistance Program, offers financial assistance to help with some of the costs and services needed to assist in recovering from or coping with the effects.

Benefits which may be available include:

  • medical, dental and prescription drugs;
  • counselling;
  • protective measures;
  • replacement of damaged or destroyed eyeglasses, clothing, disability aids;
  • income support or lost earning capacity;
  • transportation and related expenses; and/or
  • funeral expenses.

Assistance is available whether or not a perpetrator is charged

The crime itself must have occurred within British Columbia after July 1, 1972, regardless of where you live. (Victims of crimes committed outside B.C. should contact victim services in the place where the crime occurred.)

When to Apply

In most cases, applications must be received within one year of the date the crime occurred. Exceptions include:

  • applications from victims of sexual offenses – no time limit
  • minors – no time limit for sexual offenses; for all other offenses applicants must apply before turning 20
  • exceptional circumstances – late applications may be allowed

How to Apply

Call VictimLink BC to be connected to a Victim Service Worker near you who can assist you with an application. VictimLink BC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808.

Curious? Please visit their website www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victimservices/index.htm

Call or Email for a Free 30 minute Consultation

604-876-7600 OR info@tapestrycentre.ca

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