Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017, runs from May 28th to June 3rd. The theme this year is “Empowering Resilience.” Every year this week is promoted to raise awareness of the issues faced by victims, survivors, and their families. The week also recognizes the work of service providers and front line staff who assist and support those impacted by crime. For more information about the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week, please visit victimsweek.gc.ca.
May 28th marks the first day of this year’s Victims and Survivors of Crime Week! Today the Violence Prevention Programs at MOSAIC will focus on children and youth.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Children and youth under 18 are more at risk of physical and sexual assault than adults
- The sexual assault rate is 1.5 times higher among children and youth than adults
- The physical assault rate for 15-17 year olds is close to that of young adults (18-24)
- Up to 50,000 children are reported missing in Canada every year (Missing Children Society of Canada)
To learn more about children and youth as victims of crime, read this factsheet and check out the other videos, photo essays, and personal written testimonials available at victimsweek.gc.ca/stories-experience
One of the ways that we can support children and youth is to get involved early. Children and youth may be more vulnerable to violence than adults, but they have amazing resilience and limitless potential for growth and flexibility. Sometimes all they need is a little support.
If you or someone you know is looking to connect youth to programs, check out MOSAIC’s
- Wraparound Program (NEW!) – individual counselling and supportive services for at-risk youth aged 13-18
- Redirecting Youth Through Empowerment (RYTE) – individual counselling, group support, and community presentations on topics for at-risk youth aged 14-24
- NuYu: Newcomer Youth Popular Theatre – theatre exercises and games providing immigrant or refugee youth aged 14-24 with the space to share their experiences and work on solutions
- Moving Ahead FreeRunning –individual support in facing settlement difficulties for newcomer youth aged 16-28
In addition to the services provided by these programs, the RYTE program will be hosting the Voyages Youth Conference at the end of this week on June 3rd, 10am-4pm at the SFU Surrey Campus. For more information about the Voyages Youth Conference or MOSAIC’s youth programming, contact MOSAIC’s Fraser office at 604-324-7979 or visit our website at mosaicbc.org/youth.
May 29th is the second day of the Victims and Survivors of Crime week. Today MOSAIC’s Violence Prevention Programs will focus on victims of crime and victim services.
DID YOU KNOW:
- The Canadian Victims Bill of Rights came into force on July 23, 2015
- Under this act every victim has the right to protection, including the right to privacy and having their identity protected
- Victims, witnesses, and justice system participants can have their identity and privacy protected through publication bans
Being a victim of crime can make coming forward difficult, as people may be vulnerable and afraid, particularly victims of sexual offences and children. Add to this the complexity of each person’s situation (immigrant status, class, ethnicity, gender, age, etc.) and the task of seeking help can be overwhelming.
But with the right support, individuals are able to thrive despite trauma, and demonstrate their resilience in the face of hardships.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of crime, MOSAIC’s Multicultural Victim Services Program can provide you with assistance. The Multicultural Victim Services Program serves the specific needs of multicultural and immigrant peoples, and is the only specialized community-based victim services program in Vancouver that supports victims of all crimes, regardless of gender. The Victim Service worker can provide assistance with the criminal justice system, information about your rights, emotional support, safety assessment and planning, and more.
To access the Multicultural Victim Services Program, contact MOSAIC at 604-254-9626 from Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. For after hours, contact VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808
May 30th is the third day of this year’s Victims Week. Today the Violence Prevention Programs at MOSAIC will focus on the impact of violence on women and girls.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Sexual abuse of girls can have short- and long-term negative effects on mental health
- Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse may be at risk of depression, PTSD, and panic disorder
To read more about the health impacts of violent victimization of women and children, read this factsheet and visit the Victims Week website to learn more from the Voices of Service Providers and Advocates who support victims.
Each woman’s exposure to violence can impact her differently depending on her lived experiences. As such, every woman has developed a number of skills and abilities unique to her that enables her to endure and persevere despite whatever has happened to her. With enough support, women can become more empowered and strengthen the resilience they already have.
If you or someone you know is dealing with gender-based violence or trauma in their lives, contact MOSAIC’s Stopping the Violence Counselling and Multicultural Outreach Services for support. STV Counselling and Multicultural Outreach are free services that include individual and group counselling as well as advocacy and outreach. To access the STV Counselling and Multicultural Outreach, contact MOSAIC’s main office at 604-254-9626.
May 31st is the fourth day of Victims Week. Today the Violence Prevention Program will focus on the impact of crime on families.
DID YOU KNOW:
- A community impact statement describes how a crime has caused loss or harm to a community
- If one is submitted, the Court must take into account a community impact statement when an offender is sentenced
- Community impact statements recognize that the effects of crime can be far-reaching
A single person can be victimized, but a whole community can feel the impact. This is why it is so important to support and empower not only victims and survivors but their families and communities as well.
If you or someone you know is part of a family that is struggling, MOSAIC has a number of programs geared towards families that can provide support. One such program is the Vietnamese Family Support Program, which offers support to individuals, families, or groups within the Vancouver Vietnamese community. To access the Vietnamese Family Support Program, call MOSAIC’s main office at 604-254-9626 or visit our website to find out more about MOSAIC’s other programs for families.
June 1st is the fifth day of Victims Week. Today the Violence Prevention Programs focuses on men’s programs and relationship violence prevention.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Violence against women can occur anywhere, including within the family unit
- Spousal violence represented more than half of all police-reported incidents of family violence in 2007
- Sexual assault and criminal harassment is highest among women under the age of 25
While we recognize that the victims of relationship violence can be either men or women, in the majority of cases women are the victims of violence from male partners. We need to remember a person’s behaviour does not define them, and that men who use violence in relationships also need support.
If you or someone you know is looking for support for men who want to avoid using violence, contact MOSAIC’s Men in Change program. This program supports men in taking a step towards healthier relationships, learning constructive ways to deal with conflict, and move past aggression. To access the Men in Change program, contact MOSAIC’s main office at 604-254-9626 or visit the website.