Court Support Services
One of our mandates as a Community Based Victim Services Workers is to provide Court Support for women who are victims of Physical or sexual assault, stalking and harassment.
Our Court support has several components, including:
Information and assistance in accessing the justice system
Court preparation and accompaniment;liaison with crown counsel
Accompaniment to police for the Statement
Ongoing emotional support throughout the process
- Our worker accompanies and supports victims and witnesses in court
- The support person will sit with the witness while they wait to testify
- The support person will also sit in the court room while the witness testifies
- Providing assistance to the woman's family, to witnesses and non-offending family members
Due to the nature of some evidence, it is not always in the victim's best interest to have family in the court room while testifying. To ensure victims are not alone during this process, Vancouver & Lower Mainland CBVS feels it is important to make a support person available.