Survivor’s Hope Surveying Survivors, Community to Enhance Services

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May 29th to June 4th, 2016 is Victims and Survivors of Crime Week in Canada. This year’s theme is The Power of our Voices.

“This is an important time to hear survivors’ stories and to look at what programming we need in our communities to support victims and survivors of crime, said Holly Parcey, Director of Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre. “By listening to survivors we can help provide services that can better help others who have been affected by crime.”

According to a one day snapshot survey conducted by Department of Justice Victim Services,  eight out of ten of the female victims that were assisted were victims of violent offences. In the same survey, almost 30% of these female victims were survivors of sexual assault. Victims and survivors of crime are not only female; seven out of ten male victims were victims of a violent offence, and 15% of the survivors received assistance relating to sexual assault. A great deal of the Canadian population is, or will be, a survivor of crime at some point in their life. A significant percentage of these crimes will be related to sexual violence.

Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre is currently looking for community feedback for a project funded in part by the Federal Department of Justice. This project looks at addressing the gaps and barriers in service provision that currently exist for survivors of sexual violence in north eastern Manitoba.

Anyone in the region is welcome to complete a community member survey which can be accessed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SZH6DPC. For those who are survivors of any form of sexual violence, there is also a Survivor Survey accessible at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K8R7G8N. Input has also been gathered from local service providers.

“Once we compile all of the feedback from service providers, community members and survivors we will then be able to determine what our region’s needs are and how to address them,” said Parcey. “We want to thank all of the service providers, community members and survivors for your feedback for our new project. Hearing directly from you ensures that we can provide the care and services you identify as most helpful for people in our region who experience sexual violence.”

For more details about the Survivor’s Hope Federal Justice project, visit http://survivors-hope.ca/?p=550.

Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre provides crisis intervention, support, and information to survivors and secondary victims of sexualized violence in eastern Manitoba. The SARAH Program provides sexual assault crisis intervention services 24/7 out of Pinawa Hospital, Beausejour District Hospital and Pine Falls Health Complex. Survivor’s Hope also runs a drop in office at the Winnipeg River Learning Centre in Powerview-Pine Falls on Mondays from 12:00 – 5:00pm where a Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Worker is available to provide support and information. They also run the SADI program which works directly with students in the classroom to prepare them for strong, healthy and respectful relationships. For more information please visit the Survivor’s Hope Facebook page, website at http://survivors-hope.ca/ or call 204-753- 5353.

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