GOALS & GUIDELINES

Goals of the Innisfail and District Victim Services Society: 

 

  • Lessen the immediate impact of a crime on a victim

  • Help victims cope with the effects of a crime by providing support, information and referrals to existing social agencies

  • Focus on the prevention of further victimization and provide encouragement to the victim

  • Help to increase the "availability time" of RCMP Members and be of service to investigators by providing assistance to the victim during the investigation of a crime

  • Actively participate in preventative crime deterrents with potential victims

  • Promote positive liaisons between RCMP Members, Court systems and the victim

  • Promote ongoing public awareness

 

Guiding Principles for Helping Victims:

  • To treat victims with courtesy and compassion and respect their dignity and privacy so they only suffer the minimum inconvenience from their involvement with the criminal justice system

  • To ensure victims receive prompt and fair attention for the harm they have suffered

  • To provide information regarding the victim’s rights, remedies and the methods to obtain them

  • To provide information to the victims about their participation in criminal proceedings, scheduling and disposition

  • To ascertain the views and concerns of the victims and provide the appropriate assistance throughout the criminal process

  • To ensure the personal interests, views and concerns of the victim are brought to the attention of the court where appropriate and consistent with criminal law and procedure

  • To provide options to the victims and their families to ensure their safety

  • To inform the victim of health and social services and other relevant assistance

  • To encourage victims to report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement

  • To provide well-trained volunteers who are able to maintain the integrity of the Innisfail and District Victim Services Society and that all contact with members, victims and the public at large is kept confidential