About Us

Foothills Regional Victim Services

Foothills Regional Victim Services (FRVS) began providing services in 1992 as High River Victim Services. In 1995 we expanded to include the Okotoks and Turner Valley RCMP detachment area and have further expanded to include the Nanton area.

FRVS a not-for-profit, volunteer based, registered society.

The aim of FRVS is to limit the impact of crime or tragedy on victimized persons by providing assistance, support, information and referral to individuals living and visiting in the Foothills area.

What We Do

FRVS provides assistance to both primary victims (persons who have experienced direct injury, loss or trauma) and secondary victims (persons beyond the immediate victim to whom the repercussion of a crime/trauma may spread including friends, family and co-workers).

We provide the following services:

Crisis Response

FRVS provides 24 hour, 7 day per week, on call assistance to victims requiring immediate crisis intervention, emotional support and practical assistance. Program staff and volunteers are asked to provide immediate help and support by RCMP members and by the staff of other community agencies.

Referral

Program staff and advocates are trained in appropriate community resources for victims who require additional or complimentary services.

Information

Program staff and advocates inform victims of their rights when dealing with the criminal justice system, keeping these individuals abreast of developments with criminal investigations and all court proceedings.

General Court Assistance

Program staff and volunteer victim advocates provide non-judgmental support and practical assistance to victims. This includes formalized court preparation sessions for crown witnesses, the accompaniment of victims to court, information on bail hearings, and assistance with the completion of victim impact statements, restitution claims and applications for financial benefits.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefings

FRVS coordinates and facilitates Critical Incident Stress Debriefings in the Foothills, to help decrease the impact that traumatic events can have on individuals and organizations.

Who We Assist

The types of situations where victims have been assisted by FRVS  includes murder, attempted murder, sudden death, suicide, attempted suicide, fatal motor vehicle collisions, motor vehicle collisions, serious accidents, sexual assaults, assaults, domestic assaults, residential and commercial break and enters, robbery, thefts, forgeries, property damage, harassment, threats, missing persons, child abuse and indecent acts.

Why Contact us?

A 2004 Statistics Canada General Social Survey reported that after a crime has occurred, 32% of victims experienced anger, 20% confusion, 18% fear and 12% disbelief. All these reactions, especially if they are prolonged, can seriously diminish an individual’s quality of life.

Victims have also indicated that after a crisis has occurred:

  • 47% would like someone to talk to
  • 33% would like someone to stay with them to feel more protected
  • 18% would like advice on getting help
  • 16% have concerns regarding their children
  • 13% would like emergency transportation
  • 9% would like emergency financial assistance

Individuals who have been victimized often turn to family or friends for help, but this is not always the case. This results in many victims being left to deal with their situation alone. It is the belief of FRVS that with early intervention and support, the impact of problems associated with crime and tragedy can be greatly reduced.

Over the years, few resources have been available to assist victims of crime and trauma, creating a significant imbalance. Through the provision of support, information and assistance, victim service programs help address this imbalance.

In 1996, the Alberta Victims of Crime Act was passed, strengthening existing legislation regarding the rights and entitlements of victims in this province. In 2007 a Victims of Crime Protocol was developed by the Alberta government to let victim’s know what they can expect from the criminal justice system. As of August 2011, there were 126 police-based victim services units in Alberta. Many similar programs also exist throughout Canada, with this Alberta network being the most extensive, assisting over 60,000 individuals annually.

Program Structure

FRVS consists of a board of directors, a full-time Program Coordinator, a part-time Assistant Coordinator – Crisis and a part-time Assistant Coordinator – Court Support,  RCMP liaison officers and a team of dedicated volunteer Advocates and volunteer Court Support Workers,

Volunteer support is essential to our Association to ensure victims receive support and assistance. Our volunteer Board of Directors provides program governance, while volunteer advocates play a front-line role, directly interacting with victims, police and other agencies.

Advocates are required to complete an extensive training program; obtain an enhanced security clearance from the RCMP; successfully complete interviews with program staff and the RCMP; complete an Alberta government on-line course; and are required to sign a one year contract with our program.

The training advocates complete helps to provide them with the skills necessary to participate in this important and satisfying role.

For more information on becoming a FRVS volunteer, please contact us.

Community Partners

Thanks to our Community Partners and Supporters, Victim Services is made possible to the residents of and visitors to the Foothills Region.  We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support and in-kind donations of our major Community Partners listed below.

The following organizations have also generously supported Foothills Regional Victim Services:

  • Alberta Solicitor General – Victim of Crime
  • RCMP

  • Alberta Health Services
  • FCSS – High River
  • FCSS – Okotoks
  • FCSS – Turner Valley
  • FCSS – MD of Foothills 31

Private Donations from Community Members

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