How We Can Help
We help by providing necessary support, information, and referrals on a case by case basis. Some of the information we can help with is listed below.
Financial Benefits for Victims of Crime
Alberta’s Victims of Crime Act created the Victims of Crime Fund which allows victims who were injured as a direct result of a crime to be eligible for a one time financial benefit based on the severity of the injury.
You may be eligible for financial benefits if:
You have been a victim of a violent crime in Alberta that has caused you physical or emotional harm.
The crime was reported to the police within a reasonable amount of time
You, the victim cooperates with police during the investigation
The application for financial benefits is received within 2 years of the reported crime (there may be some exceptions to this deadline).
You, the applicant cooperates with the Financial Benefits Program and allows them to inquire into details about you as well as provide the necessary information for them to make an informed decision.
For the Financial Benefit Program brochure, CLICK HERE.
For the application for the Financial Benefit Program injury application, CLICK HERE.
For the application for the Financial Benefit Program death application, CLICK HERE.
Restitution is a way for the offender to repay you for the loss you have suffered. Restitution can cover any out-of-pocket losses directly relating to the crime including damage, destruction, loss of property, bodily or psychological harm, expenses incurred in moving out of the offender’s house and losses incurred by unknowingly purchasing or lending money on stolen property.
A restitution form will be provided by Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support Society. This form can then be filled out and returned to the RCMP as soon as possible. Your application will then be sent to the crown prosecutor who will determine whether your application will be made to the court. Only if there is a conviction will the judge decide whether or not restitution should be granted.
For the Restitution Program brochure, CLICK HERE.
For the application for Restitution, CLICK HERE.
Victim Impact Statement
What is a Victim Impact Statement?
Under provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and the Youth Criminal Justice Act, a Victim Impact Statement allows you to express in writing to a judge how being a victim of crime has affected you and those close to you. The purpose of the Victim Impact Statement is to describe how the crime has affected you emotionally and physically and the effect it has had on your life. If charges are laid, and if the accused person is found guilty, your Victim Impact Statement will be considered by the Judge during sentencing.
How do I prepare a Victim Impact Statement?
Victim Impact Statement forms are available from police and the Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support Society. The Victim Impact Statement is to be written in your own words, and describe how you have been affected by the crime.
Can someone help me prepare my Victim Impact Statement?
Yes. Central Alberta Victim & Witness Support Society can provide you with information about:
What kind of information is appropriate to include in your Victim Impact Statement
Where to submit the Victim Impact Statement when it is completed
How and when will my Victim Impact Statement be used?
After a finding of guilt and before the offender is sentenced, your Victim Impact Statement will be provided to the Court. The Victim Impact Statement will be considered by the Judge at the time the offender is sentenced. The Judge, the Crown Prosecutor, the defense lawyer and the offender will receive copies of your Victim Impact Statement. At the sentencing hearing, you may be cross-examined on the contents of your Victim Impact Statement. Please note that sentencing can occur at any time. For example, if an accused person pleads guilty, sentencing could occur on short notice. In order for a Victim Impact Statement to be considered in these circumstances, it should be at the courthouse as soon as possible. If the offender is sentenced to probation or jail, your Victim Impact Statement will be provided to provincial or federal correctional authorities and the National Parole Board. You may also be able to read your Victim Impact Statement at National Parole Board hearings. If you require further information, contact the National Parole Board toll-free at 1-888-616-5277. If the accused person is found “Not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder,” your Victim Impact Statement will be provided to the Alberta Review Board.
For the Victim Impact Statement brochure, CLICK HERE.
For the Victim Impact Statement form, CLICK HERE.
Community Victim Impact Statement
For information on the Community Victim Impact Statement, CLICK HERE.
For the Community Victim Impact Statement form, CLICK HERE.
Victims of Crime Protocol
This booklet, published by the Victims Services Branch, Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security, explains what happens after a crime is reported to the police, and what standard of service you can expect in your contact with the criminal justice system.
The criminal justice system includes police services, victim services, the medical examiner, Crown prosecutors, court services, the judiciary and correctional services.
To the Victims of Crime Protocol book, CLICK HERE.