The Beaverlodge Victim Services Unit Society
What VSU can do for you?
Victims of Crime
If you have been a victim of crime, your first step is to call the police. They will investigate the crime and refer you to the victim services unit for assistance.
If you are in a family violence emergency, call 911 or your local police service. The police can give you an overview of options, such as emergency protection orders. All police services have access to a Victim’s Services Unit that can provide the following:
Victims of Domestic Abuse or Violence
Providing crisis management/intervention, providing a non-judgemental and confidential** support and accompanying you to court proceedings if requested.
(***Client confidentiality is strictly observed with exceptions where clients share evidential information relating to an ongoing police investigation, where a criminal offence is disclosed and if a threat to harm themselves or someone else is made.)
Victims of Crime or Tragedy
BVSU also assists police and emergency services to provide support, information and referrals to victims of tragedies such as house fires, motor vehicle accidents, sudden deaths and notifications of next of kin.
Providing crisis and grief management/intervention, while addressing most immediate needs
Providing a link between you and the RCMP if investigation is involved, explaining the role of medical examiners, or providing a to-do list after the fire.
Helping access or refer to emergency financial support and resources and links to counselling programs
Public Education and Crime Prevention/Awareness
BVSU is available to assist community groups, schools or programs with educational or crime prevention/awareness programs. BVSU is involved with the Beaverlodge and Area Trauma Drama Team whose goal is to create awareness and mitigate risk behaviours in youth, hosting two annual events targeting local grade nine students. The program includes a traumatic motor vehicle accident scene dramatization, involving emergency responders (EMS, Fire Dept, Police,), Oliver’s Funeral Chapel and volunteer student participants. In addition to these annual and ongoing programs, BVSU may also provide public education or awareness training for topics including:
- senior abuse and fraud awareness
- grief and crisis
- night life safety for teenagers
- child and personal safety
- internet and electronic communications device safety
- domestic abuse and violence awareness
Referral to Victim Services
BVSU works out of the Beaverlodge RCMP detachment offices and accepts referrals for service from RCMP, emergency services, partner agencies and self-referring clients. Client confidentiality is strictly observed with exceptions where clients share evidential information relating to an ongoing police investigation, where a criminal offence is disclosed and if a threat to harm themselves or someone else is made. BVSU strives to provide 24/7 access to non-judgmental, high quality service provided by the coordinator and well trained, skilled advocate volunteers.
Beaverlodge Victim Services Unit is sponsorsed by the following:
Government of Alberta
Solicitor General and Public Service – Victim of Crimes Grant Funds
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS)
- County of Grande Prairie
- Town of Wembley
- Town of Beaverlodge
- Village of Hythe
Government of Canada Department of Justice
National Victims of Crime Awareness Week grant funds directed towards offsetting costs of BVSU website development