Safety and Victim Services provides assistance and support for victims of crime and tragedy. Community organizations are funded by the Department of Justice to provide local Victim Services programs. Local Victim Services program coordinators and volunteers provide victims of crime with: information; assistance; support; and referrals. You can get help at the time of the offence, throughout the court process and as long afterwards as you need it. Victim Services workers can help you with safety planning and completing a Victim Impact Statement. They can go with you to the hospital and/or to court. They have useful information and understand your feelings. The Victim Notification Program allows victims to apply to receive information about the offender who was convicted of a crime against them.
Even if you live in a community where there is no Victim Services program, a Victim Services worker can still provide you with information and support over the phone. If you are required to testify in court but are afraid of the accused, you can talk to your Victim Services worker or the Crown Prosecutor about applying for a vulnerable-witness screen. There are witness screens in every community where court is held in the NWT. The NWT Victims of Crime Emergency Fund is designed to provide limited financial assistance to help victims of serious violent crime with emergency needs. Funding for this program is provided by the Department of Justice Canada. As of January 18, 2010, there are local Victim Services programs in the following communities: Yellowknife, Hay River, Inuvik, Fort Simpson, Fort Good Hope, Fort Smith, Aklavik, Paulatuk, and Behchoko. Inuvik Victim Services currently offers outreach services to Sachs Harbour and workers in the Tlicho region provide outreach to Wekweètì, Gamèti and Whatì.