Victim Services

What are Victim Services?

  • 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
    • Referrals

When can I get help?

  • You can get help at the time of the offence, throughout the court process and as long afterwards as you need it. If you reported a crime to the RCMP, ask them to give Victim Services your name and phone number.

Which communities in the NWT have Victim Services?

  • 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.

How can Victim Services help me?

  • 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.

What if my community doesn’t have Victim Services?

  • 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.

Are you afraid to testify in court?

  • 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.

If you want more information, please contact our general information mailbox at

This page last updated: August 2013

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