Transforming the Culture Together

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2018, runs from May 27th to June 2nd. 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. For details on the 2017 campaign, please click here.


Did you know:

Under the British Columbia Victims of Crime Act, victims are entitled to receive information about the criminal justice system and available victim services.

Did you know:

  • Victims are also entitled to information about financial benefits for criminal injury and their rights to privacy.
  • Victims can request for certain information specific to their case including the status of the police investigation and the outcome of court appearances.

To learn more about victim rights under the BC Victims of Crime Act, click here.

Get in Touch | Help for Victims & Survivors of Crime

The criminal justice system can be confusing to navigate. Knowing about the criminal justice process and being kept informed of the status of the case can help victims better manage their expectations.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of crime and wants to find out information about their case and/or the criminal justice system, you can contact MOSAIC’s Multicultural Victim Services Program for free and confidential support. For more information, visit mosaicbc.org/mvs or call MOSAIC at 604-254-9626 to speak with a worker today.


Did you know:

Victims, their immediate family members, and certain witnesses have the right to apply for financial benefits to assist in coping with the effects of violent crime.

Did you know:

  • The Crime Victim Assistance Program is the financial benefits program in British Columbia for victims of violent crime.
  • Benefits which may be available under the program include counselling; medical, dental and prescription drugs; protective measures; income support or lost earning capacity.

To learn more about the Crime Victim Assistance Program, click here.

Get in Touch | Help for Victims & Survivors of Crime

Crime affects everyone in different ways and can impact people emotionally, physically, psychologically and/or financially. These impacts can sometimes last for a long time.

If you or someone you know is affected by crime and is finding it difficult to cope, MOSAIC’s Multicultural Victim Services Program is here to help. A victim services worker can provide emotional support and assist victims of violent crimes, their families and certain witnesses in applying to the Crime Victim Assistance Program for benefits. Support is available regardless of whether or not the crime is reported to the police. For more information, visit mosaicbc.org/mvs or call MOSAIC at 604-254-9626 to speak with a worker today.

Did know you:

Only YES means YES. The absence of NO does not mean that someone is consenting. If you don’t know if consent was given, ASK.

The only person responsible for sexualized violence is the person who used violence. It is never the victim’s fault. Holding victims and survivors accountable for the violence of others is called victim-blaming.

Ways to stop sexualized violence include:

  • Recognizing and challenging victim-blaming
  • Holding those who use violence responsible for their actions
  • Understanding and respecting consent

To learn more about consent laws, visit click here.

Get in Touch | Help for Victims & Survivors of Crime

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexualized violence, contact MOSAIC’s Multicultural Victim Services Program for support. Our services are free and confidential and are available to victims of all types of crimes, regardless of gender. For more information, visit mosaicbc.org/mvs or call MOSAIC at 604-254-9626 to speak with a worker today.

Did you know:

Fraud is Canada’s most common type of cybercrime reported to the police. Click here for more info.

Did you know:

  • More than half (54%) of all cybercrimes reported to the police were fraud.
  • While 20% of police-reported cybercrimes involved intimidation and threats of violence, about 16% of cybercrimes involved sexual violations such as child luring.

To learn more about the scope and prevalence of cyber-related crime in Canada, read this factsheet.

Get in Touch | Help for Victims & Survivors of Crime

Cybercrime can happen to anyone. Although some people who fall victim to cybercrime may blame themselves, they are not to blame for what happened. Support is available to help victims get their lives back on track.

If you or someone you know is affected by any form of cybercrime, you can contact MOSAIC’s Multicultural Victim Services Program for free and confidential support. You don’t have to report a crime to get help. For more information, visit mosaicbc.org/mvs or call MOSAIC at 604-254-9626 to speak with a worker today.


How to be better allies:

Recognize your privileges and speak out in solidarity with those who are marginalized.

Men can be allies to victims of gender based violence. Being an ally means using your position of privilege to advocate against gender-based violence. It also means offering support to others to get the help they need.

How men can be better allies to victims and survivors of gender-based violence:

  • Educate yourself. Understand and respect the different experiences of others.
  • Challenge other men
  • Think about the space you take up – in conversations, rooms, public events, work, walking down the street. Give others space. Make spaces safe for others.
  • Understand and respect consent and other people’s boundaries
  • Practice bystander intervention

Get in Touch | Help for Victims & Survivors of Crime

If you or someone you know has been a victim of gender-based violence, contact MOSAIC’s Multicultural Victim Services Program for free and confidential support. Our services are available to anyone from multicultural backgrounds who is affected by crime in Vancouver and Burnaby. For more information, visit mosaicbc.org/mvs or call MOSAIC at 604-254-9626 to speak with a worker today.