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Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General

Northern Region - Victim / Witness Assistance Program


Description

COVID19 Update: Court case backlog -- clients may experience difficulties contacting local offices and should leave a message with return phone number; VWAP staff will return voicemail as soon as possible

  • Provides information and assistance to support participation in the criminal court process
  • Services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over
Offers:
  • Case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions)
  • Court preparation
  • Needs assessment
  • Emotional support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals to community agencies
Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund

Provides financial and court-based supports to enable victims of crime and families of homicide victims to attend court, including:
  • Travel arrangements and expenses
  • Language interpretation
  • Real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities
Comments
Satellite offices located in Dryden and Fort Frances (see separate listings) and Satellite courts located in Atikokan, Bearskin Lake, Big Trout Lake, Cat Lake, Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Ignace, Lac Seul, Kasabonika, Keewaywin, Kingfisher, Muskrat Dam, North Spirit Lake, Pickle Lake, Pikangikum, Poplar Hill, Rainy River, Red Lake, Sachigo Lake, Sandy Lake, Sioux Lookout, Wapekeka, Weagamow Lake and Wunnumin Lake
Eligibility
  • Victims and witnesses of:
    • Intimate partner abuse/domestic violence
    • Child physical and sexual abuse
    • Sexual assault (including historical sexual assault and human trafficking)

  • Families of homicide victims
  • Families of motor vehicle fatalities
  • Elderly victims
  • Victims with disabilities
  • Victims of hate crime

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund
  • Eligibility determined on case-by-case basis
Application Process
Referral by police, Crown Attorney, community agency, or self-referral
Toll Free
1-866-931-3484
Office
807-468-2839
Fax
807-468-2888
Web Site
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss
Languages
English
Contact
Keira Belair, Administrative Assistant
Email: keira.belair@ontario.ca
Regional Manager
Lara Dowdell
Email: laura.dowdell@ontario.ca
Fees
None
Documents Required
None
Accessibility
Fully Accessible
Legal Status
Government - Provincial
Topic(s)
Agency Information
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Copyright
211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
May 4, 2020
Address
220 Main St S, Lower Level
Kenora, ON, P9N 1T2
Located at Main St S and 3rd St S
Open in Google Maps
Hours of Operation
Mon
0830 - 1700
Tue
0830 - 1700
Wed
0830 - 1700
Thu
0830 - 1700
Fri
0830 - 1700

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Service Area(s)
  • Atikokan
  • Bearskin Lake First Nation
  • Cat Lake First Nation
  • Deer Lake First Nation
  • Dryden
  • Fort Frances
  • Fort Severn First Nation
  • Kasabonika Lake First Nation
  • Kenora
  • Kenora District
  • Kenora, Unorganized
  • Kingfisher Lake First Nation
  • Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation
  • Muskrat Dam First Nation
  • North Caribou First Nation
  • North Spirit Lake First Nation
  • Pikangikum First Nation
  • Poplar Hill First Nation
  • Rainy River
  • Sachigo Lake First Nation
  • Wapekeka First Nation