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Victim/Witness Assistance Program - Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Provides crisis intervention & emotional support services on a priority basis to the most vulnerable victims & witnesses of violent crime (domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, homicide & hate crimes). 

Record #: OCR2255 Last Full Update: 05 Jul 2018
Names
Alternate Name HT1 ; Victim Assistance Program ; Victim Witness Assistance Program ; Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund ; VVFF ; VWAP
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Ottawa Courthouse
161 Elgin St, Fourth Flr
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K1
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Laurier Ave W
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lot * parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) Information, assistance and support to increase participation in the criminal court process * case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions) * trial preparation * liaise with Crown Attorneys and police * needs assessment * victim advocacy * emotional support * crisis intervention * referrals to community agencies

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund – financial help and court-based supports for victims of violent crime and families of homicide victims * assistance with travel to attend key court dates * language interpretation * real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm * closed on statutory holidays
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over * victims and witnesses of intimate partner abuse/domestic violence, child physical and sexual abuse, sexual assault (including historical sexual assault), and human trafficking (including sexual assault and forced labour), hate crimes and elder abuse * families of homicide victims and victims of motor vehicle fatalities resulting in criminal charges * support may be provided to other victims of violent crime

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund – eligibility determined on case-by-case basis – speak with V/WAP staff
Application Referral by police, Crown Attorney, community agency, or self-referral
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Crime Victim Compensation ; Crime Witness Support ; General Crime Victim Assistance
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-239-1229
Fax 613-239-1473
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca
Primary Executive Noha Kirkish, Manager
Other Details
Established 1987
Funding Provincial
Resources Information sheet on services
Resources Website
Accreditation No