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The mission of Grande Prairie and District Victim Services is to provide a highly skilled, compassionate level of service to any victim of crime or tragedy, through our dedicated staff and trained volunteers

Joan Suddaby - GP & District Victim Services Executive Director

Inside the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment is the main office of the Grande Prairie & District Victim Services, they also have a satellite office in Spirit River. The recognized charity partners with the RCMP, the City and County of Grande Prairie and other agencies to provide much needed services to the area.  When Residents of GP and area are victims of crime, experiencing a family crisis or tragic event the Victim Services are there to support them. The Organization is there to help individuals who are a victim of crime with Victim Impact Statements, Financial Benefits Program, and in cases with a conviction Restitution.  They offer support during police investigations and court proceeding, helping to prepare the victims for what to expect in terms of testifying, how the trial proceeds, attending the hearings for support and provide referrals to any services needed like counselling.  Advocates and staff are able to provide immediate crisis intervention on the referral of the RCMP or other agencies they can help with domestic violence, stalking, sudden deaths, dating violence, and harassment, help with obtaining protection orders, and provide information, dealing with stress and grief/trauma support. They are dedicated, compassionate and prepared to provide emotional support, practical assistance and referrals to victims of crimes and tragedies, as well as witnesses and family members.

Speaking with GPVSU Executive Director Joan Suddaby sums up her organizations goals by saying; “We are here to make sure no one has to suffer through a violent crime or tragedy alone, that the GPVSU is here to help them through this difficult time, as well as providing information and referrals as the victim moves forward.”

GP & Districts Victim Services Mascot - Mr. Cuddles

Volunteers go through extensive screening and training to become an Advocate with Victim Services. Advocates Volunteers must be over the age of 18, pass the Enhanced Security Clearance (this process takes about 4 months to be cleared and is good for 10 yrs), possess a valid Driver’s License, complete a Child Welfare Check, pass a yearly RCMP Security Clearance, sign a Confidentiality Agreement, and complete all training requirements. Volunteers are required to take E-learning course through Alberta Solicitor General. Volunteers are able to work on their training at their own pace within the allotted time frame.  Upon completion of these modules, volunteers earn a certificate from the Alberta Solicitor General. 
 Volunteers are encouraged to take supplemental training in areas, like:
• Suicide Intervention 
• Assault / Sexual Assault 
• Domestic Violence 
• Human Trafficking

• Grieving

They also take tours of the QEII Hospital, Women’s Shelters and funeral homes so they are aware of the services offered there and how to refer. The Volunteer Coordinator facilitates monthly meetings and integrates training and presentation from other agencies within the community.  The training and presentations keeps the advocates abreast of what resources are available in the community

With the amount of training that goes into become an Advocate.  Volunteers are asked to make at least a one-year commitment after completion of all training and are asked to fill a monthly minimum of 4 on-call shifts.  For more information on how you can be a part of the Victim Services Volunteer Advocate program and support persons in a crisis or trauma, phone our office during business hours at (780) 830-5755. Volunteers can also help with general office duties, fundraising and sitting on the GPVSU Board of Directors.

For more information on the Grande Prairie & District Victim Services visit their website at http://www.grandeprairievictimservices.com/. They are also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gpvsu/.

GPVSU Member Spotlight

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