Victim Services & Counselling
ESAS Program Focus:
Provides victim services and/or counselling for survivors of sexual assault with a focus on Burnaby and New Westminster. Check out the brochure about the program.
Program is voluntary and involvement can begin at any stage of the legal process.
Service is provided by well-trained, caring, and non-judgemental staff.
Referrals may come from any source, and there are no age restrictions for the program. To make a referral to this program, please click here.
What We Do:
- Offer emotional support during the reporting process, police investigation and court proceedings
- Provide resources and referrals to various community agencies when supporting clients through the criminal justice system process
- Provide one on one counselling services by Registered Clinical Counsellor
- Accompaniment to medical appointments/hospital
- Assist with safety planning
- Help explain the criminal justice process and the roles within (e.g. Police, Crown Counsel, Judge, etc.)
- Provide up-to-date information about the status of an investigation or the latest court update
- Assist with justice-related forms and applications (such as the Crime Victim Assistance Program applications, Victim Impact Statements, etc.)
- Help victims prepare for testifying in court
- Accompany victims/witnesses to court and justice-related meetings
We Can help by….
- Support can be provided virtually and/or in person, depending on your needs
- Court accompaniment can be provided for clients that have received a subpoena to testify in court
- Several court preparation sessions can be arranged with the victim support worker prior to attending court as well as counselling session with the counsellor for additional support
We acknowledge that our programs are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including territories of the Tsleil-waututh, Squamish, Stolo, Qayqayt, and Musqueam Nations.