HRP’s Victim Services unit offers emotional support, provides information about investigations and sets up referrals to other agencies. The team of staff and volunteers is dedicated to supporting victims of crime with a focus on victims of domestic and sexualized violence – they often serve as a victim’s greatest ally. You can seek the support of our Victim Services unit without filing a police report by contacting them directly at 490-5300, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Victim Services Unit was created in 1996 after the introduction of legislation from the Department of Justice in Nova Scotia, which has become known as the pro-arrest, pro-charge policy regarding domestic violence. This policy states that in the investigation of domestic violence, police officers must lay charges where there is reasonable evidence that an offence took place. It was also recommended by the Department of Justice that policing agencies provide assistance to the victims of domestic violence through the provision of victim services or victim assistance programs. Halifax Regional Police promptly began the development of such a program with the assistance of an advisory board comprised of a community representative and police members.
Like victims of crime, Victim Services staff and volunteers come from all walks of life, bringing with them a variety of interests, life experiences and expertise. Learn more about Victim Services at http://www.halifax.ca/police/programs/victimservices.php.
Source: Media Release