Crime Victims* Assistance Program

 

 

 

Did you know that there is financial assistance available to people who have survived a violent crime, for their immediate family members, or for witnesses to a crime? The Crime Victims Assistance Program is a wonderful program offers help with the financial costs associated with physical or emotional harm.

People who have had crimes perpetrated against them may report one or more of the following: emotional distress, nervousness, loss of appetite, anxiety, fear, anger, loss of income, loss of quality of life, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), pain and suffering. Without counselling, people may continue to suffer for years past the actual event.

What can I offer someone who desires counselling services?

First, a non-judgmental attitude.

Second, an awareness of the costs experienced by you, and sensitivity to your needs.

Third, the knowledge I have obtained through ACT – the therapy that can help with so many aspects of the after-effects of crime. ACT focuses on developing an awareness of the body, the mind, and the emotions and feelings that reside there. Gentle exercises that emphasize valued living – that is, living to your full potential. Think now of the things that you value …..

Primary relationships, their work, their children, a connection with nature, and learning new things are some of the things people mention when called upon to name what/who they value.

If you would like to apply for funding through the CVAP click here. And please feel free to contact me for any questions you may have about counselling.

 

* Because some people who have had violent crimes perpetrated against them prefer to be called “survivors,” not “victims,” I have tried to describe the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP) using alternate language in this post.