If you are a victim, immediate family member, or a witness to a crime who has been injured physically or emotionally, you may be eligible for financial assistance or benefits to help with costs and your recovery.

Assistance is available whether or not a perpetrator is charged.

The crime itself must have occurred within British Columbia after July 1, 1972, regardless of where you live. Victims of crimes committed outside B.C. should contact victim services in the place where the crime occurred.

When to Apply

In most cases, applications must be received within one year of the date the crime occurred. Exceptions include:

Applications from victims of sexual offenses – no time limit
Minors – no time limit for sexual offenses; for all other offenses applicants must apply before turning 20
Exceptional circumstances – late applications may be allowed

How to Apply

Call VictimLink BC to be connected to a Victim Service Worker near you who can assist you with an application. VictimLink BC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808.

To find out more visit their website: www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/victimservices/index.htm