Older Victim Services
The agency works in partnership with the Winnipeg Police Service to help individuals 60+ who are victims of crime. Program staff provides emotional support and counselling. They also provide information about the investigation, court procedures and assistance with the Victim Impact Statement and Compensation for Victims of Crime Programs.
How can Older Victim Services help?
Older Victim Services can help you by providing:
- Emotional support - an opportunity to talk about the experience
- Information on the progress of the police investigation
- Assistance navigating the Criminal Justice System
- Information about the recovery and return of stolen property
- Assistance in applying for compensation for injuries
- Practical tips for personal and home safety
- Referrals to other community resources, including A & O’s Programs and Services
AFTER MANY YEARS OF BEING FINANCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY ABUSED BY A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER, I FOUND MYSELF WITH VERY LITTLE FINANCIAL SECURITY AND STILL WORKING AT EIGHTY YEARS OF AGE. FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT AT MY RESIDENCE, CHARGES WERE LAID. A & O SOCIAL WORKERS VISITED MY HOME AND HELPED ME THROUGHOUT THE LEGAL PROCESS. THE EXPRESSIONS ‘WILLING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE’ AND ‘ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY’ APTLY DESCRIBE THE CONTINUING CARE PROVIDED BY THE OLDER VICTIM SERVICES.
What does Older Victim Services offer?
Victims of crime are referred directly to us by the Winnipeg Police Service. Staff and volunteers contact each person individually to provide emotional support and information. In addition, Registered Social Workers are available to provide counselling and assistance.
I WAS OFFERED THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE I WAS THE VICTIM OF A CRIME. THANKS TO (MY SOCIAL WORKER), I WAS ABLE TO DEAL WITH THIS INCIDENT. SHE WAS SO COMPASSIONATE AND SO PROFESSIONAL. I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.
Crime Prevention Activities
Staff and volunteers are available to provide educational presentations to community groups on crime prevention. Please phone A & O: Support Service for Older Adults' to arrange for a speaker.
Assistance is provided to older adults, age 60 and older, who have been victims of property crime, such as a break-in to their residence, and personal crimes, such as assault or robbery.