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Victim SERVICES

Our Victim Services Unit is police-based and works with the Red Deer City Detachment of the RCMP to provide support, information and referrals to residents of the City of Red Deer who are victims of a crisis, trauma or tragedy.

Court Preparation & Accompaniment

Court Support Services

Court preparation and accompaniment are offered to victims to help them through the court process. This can include providing an explanation of the court process, assisting with completion of forms or sitting in court with a victim during hearings, arraignments, trials and other court appearances


Court Preparation

Red Deer Victim Services Unit offers court preparation to victims when a matter is going to trial. Victim Advocate(s) provide information on the court process, courtroom etiquette and how the Victim Advocate(s) can and cannot assist the victim. If the victim is also a witness, the Victim Advocate provides information on the the role and responsibilities of a witness.

Court preparation does not involve helping the victim/witness prepare to give testimony. That preparation may involve the police (so the victim can review the original statement made to the police) or the Crown prosecutor (regarding testimony in court).


Child Witness Court Preparation

Red Deer Victim Services Unit advocates are available to assist in child preparation for court. Please visit the Child Witness Court Preparation website for information to assist parents, teens and children.
Note:

Red Deer City Victim Services Unit Volunteer Advocates are not counselors but are there to assist in partnership with other agencies in conducting a defusing and/or debriefing(s).

Court Accompaniment

Red Deer Victim Services Unit offers court accompaniment to victims when they want to attend court to observe the proceedings or when they are required to be in court as a witness.


Post Court

Red Deer Victim Services Unit can assist victims after a trial and after sentencing, in cases where the victim needs to interact with the Correctional System regarding the status or location of the convicted offender.

Victims must complete an application to request information about the offender. Someone other than the victim (such as a Victim Advocate) could obtain information on behalf of the victim.

Resources

Red Deer City Victim Services Unit

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