Child and Youth Victim Support Service (CVSS)

Stock-photo-girl-sunset-300x199

Provides support to children and youth who are victims or witnesses of a crime. Referrals from any source. Check out the brochure on the program.

CVSS Program Focus:

  • To provide support to children and youth (under 19)  who are victims or witnesses of a crime, along with their non-offending family members
  • Referrals must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Reside in Burnaby or New Westminster
    • Crime took place in Burnaby or New Westminster
    • Court proceedings are taking place in New Westminster or Vancouver (for Burnaby cases)
  • Program is voluntary and involvement can begin at any stage of the legal process
  • Service is provided by well-trained, caring, and non-judgemental staff

What We Do:

  • Offer emotional support
  • Provide resources and referrals to various community agencies
  • Assist with safety planning
  • Help explain the criminal justice process and the roles within (e.g. Police, Crown Counsel, Judge, etc.)
  • Provide up-to-date information about the status of an investigation or the latest court update
  • Assist with justice-related forms and applications (such as the Crime Victim Assistance Program applications, Victim Impact Statements, etc.)
  • Help young victims/witnesses prepare for testifying in court
  • Accompany victims/witnesses to court and justice-related meetings

We Can Help By…

  • Support can be provided over the phone and/or in person, depending on your needs
  • For children and youth who are subpoenaed to testify in court, several court preparation sessions can be arranged with the victim support worker prior to attending court