Some survivors choose to report, most do not, and sexual assault is the most underreported of all violent crimes in Canada. Domestic violence is also on the rise in many communities. Many victims of domestic and sexual violence testify in court as a witness to the crime; it can be scary, intimidating and re victimizing. It takes courage and emotional strength to come forward and report to the police whether it is domestic or sexual violence.
Let’s stop focusing on the behaviour of victims and hold the perpetrators accountable for the crimes they commit.
As victim support workers, the role of those at the Comox Valley Family Services Association is to help survivors through the impact of the abuse.The effects of trauma can manifest in a life-long struggle. We can talk to the survivor about what it would look like to report to the police and to explain the process that a person might be facing. We can support the survivor from the reporting piece right through to appointments with Crown Counsel, court orientation and court accompaniment.
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week will take place from May 29 to June 4. The theme is “The Power of Our Voices.” Please come to our program and meet our workers Wednesday June 1 from 10-2 p.m. at 1415 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay and/or call 250-338-7575 Isabel ext. 224 or Melissa ext. 226.