Anyone may contact our office directly for services, referrals are not necessary. All services provided by Victim Services of Brant are confidential and free of charge.
The services each individual receives will depend on their individual needs. Victim Services of Brant will respect the right of every client to make his/her own decisions. Our services and programs are victim-centred and culturally-competent.
Victim Services is provided by skilled crisis responders who are on call to emergency services in Brantford, County of Brant and Six Nations of the Grand River; 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.
Court Assistance Program
Victim Services of Brant provides Court Support Staff to support victims at the initial stages of the court process.
The Court Assistance Program is available to any victim of violence involved in the bail court system.
- Explain the Bail Court process to the victim
- Provide the victim with information related to their case
- Act as a liaison with victim on behalf of the Crown Attorney and Police Services
- Advise the victim of the outcome of Bail Court
- Facilitate the victim accessing appropriate support services
- Educate and promote victim assistance in our community
In October 2016 Victim Services of Brant welcomed a very special member to our staff.
We were fortunate to receive a specially trained Trauma Support Dog. Eddie officially joined the staff on October 14, 2016.
The addition of the trauma dog program to Victim Services has provided a calming and grounding experience for victims of crime, tragic circumstance, and disaster. This includes members of the public and members of the Brantford Police Service.
Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario (VCAO)
The VCAO program provides support for individuals affected by crime and tragic circumstance. Victim Services of Brant can provide crisis intervention, emotional support, practical assistance, and can make referrals to community agencies for long-term assistance. We help clients identify and address safety issues to help reduce the likelihood of further harm and develop strategies to address them.
The Program serves individuals affected by crime and tragic circumstances.
- 24/7 on-scene crisis intervention
- Addressing immediate safety concerns
- Community information sessions
- Practical assistance
- Risk and needs assessments
- Development of a personalized referral form or service plan
- Safety planning
- Information provision
- Referrals to counselling and relevant community and government support services
- Enhanced support
- Assist with Victim Impact Statements
The Victim Quick Response Program+ provides short-term support for essential expenses for victims, their immediate family members and witnesses in the immediate aftermath of a violent crime to help:
- Reduce the impact of the crime
- Enhance Safety
- Meet immediate practical needs
This program supports individuals who have no other financial means (e.g. private insurance) and where there is no publicly-funded program available.
The applicant must be a victim of an eligible Criminal Code offence either as the direct victim or an immediate family member of the direct victim.
- Child Abuse
- Criminal Harassment
- Elder Abuse
- Hate Crimes
- Historical Child Abuse
- Homicide (including attempted murder)
- Human Trafficking
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images
- Sexual Assault
- Serious Assault
Eligible applicants can access supports for critical needs, such as:
- emergency home safety expenses
- practical expenses and basic necessities
- travel and related expenses
- crime scene clean-up
- short-term counselling services
- support required for serious injuries
- basic funeral expenses for families of homicide victims
Please contact Victim Services of Brant 519-752-3140 to inquire about eligibility. Application deadlines apply, please phone to inquire.