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Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General - Northern Region

Victim / Witness Assistance Program


Description

Provides information and assistance to support participation in and understanding of the criminal court process
  • services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over
  • information about victims' rights, the criminal justice process and their specific case (e.g., court dates)
  • needs assessment and referrals to community agencies
  • crisis intervention, emotional support, victim advocacy
  • facilitates victim's input and liaises with Crown Attorneys, police, regarding bail, safety, resolution of charges, release conditions, publication bans, testimonial aids, trial preparation and court orientation
  • information and support on Victim Impact Statements, Statement on Restitution
  • facilitates access to court orders, such as bail conditions, probation orders, peace bonds
  • debriefing and follow-up support
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 office located in Greenstone (see separate listing) and Satellite courts located in Geraldton and Longlac
Eligibility
  • Victims and witnesses of:
    • Intimate partner 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
1-888-394-6930
Office
807-626-7120
Fax
807-626-7139
Web Site
https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss
Languages
English, French
Fees
None
Documents Required
None
Accessibility
Fully Accessible
Topic(s)
Agency Information
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Copyright
211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
December 21, 2022
Address
125 Brodie St N, Suite 5200
Thunder Bay, ON, P7C 0A3
Located on Brodie St N near Miles St; Thunder Bay Courthouse
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Hours of Operation
Mon
0830 to 1700
Tue
0830 to 1700
Wed
0830 to 1700
Thu
0830 to 1700
Fri
0830 to 1700

Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Service Area(s)
  • Geraldton
  • Greenstone
  • Longlac
  • Thunder Bay