The BC Victims of Homicide have created the following resources to help you in your loss.
The guide includes all known programs which provide funding to individuals who have been the victim of a crime (in Canada or abroad) and/or who have lost a loved one (whether the death was determined to be the result of a criminal offence or not). Programs listed include the BC Crime Victim Assistance Program and analogous programs in other provinces or territories (where applicable), the Department of Justice Financial Assistance for Canadians Victimized Abroad, the Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children, and several Canada Pension Plan benefits, such as the death benefit, survivor’s benefit, and children’s benefit. Criteria for eligibility and links to application forms are included.
Please note that many of the above programs will require that payment for services (such as counselling) is provided upfront, but successful applicants will be reimbursed.
The resource directory lists all known organizations or programs in Canada that support those who have been bereaved by homicide, links to police, court, or community based victim or witness services, 24 hour crisis lines which provide callers with referrals to local organizations, and online support or information forums.
If you belong to or know of an organization that provides support to those who have lost a loved one to homicide or would otherwise be helpful to survivors in some way, please contact us so that we may add it to the directory. If you are currently listed in the directory and your contact information or description is incorrect, please let us know.