The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre is excited to have launched a new crime reducing partnership with the Alberta government.
Alberta Funds Program Helping Homeless Victims of Crime
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CALGARY, ALBERTA, APRIL 3, 2013 —– The Alberta government is providing funding to the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (DI) to expand outreach to homeless individuals who are a victim of a crime. This funding will provide education and support to all homeless serving agencies as well as to the Calgary Police Service and is mandated with supporting those who are marginalized or homeless and are a victim of crime. This service is being modeled after an existing service in Edmonton offered by the Bissell Centre, the Boyle Street Community Centre, and the Edmonton Police Service.
In 2007, The DI surveyed clients about their perceptions and experience of crime. The survey concluded that people who are homeless face greater risk of violence than individuals who are housed and are more likely to encounter multiple occurrences of violence.
“Victims of crime often feel very alone. They are not alone, “says DI Executive Director Debbie Newman. “Through this program, homeless victims will be provided with information, assistance, and support during the police investigation and throughout the criminal justice process. It encourages Calgarians to report their victimization, connects them to critical services, and, ultimately, reduces the likelihood that others will become victims of crime.”
Critical services include education of homeless serving agencies and crime victims as to what support is available from the Alberta government. Crime victims will be assisted with court preparation and accompaniment, victim impact statements and requesting restitution as well as financial compensation.
Victims may be eligible for a one-time financial benefit based on the severity of injury. A monthly supplemental benefit may also be available for quadriplegia and the most severe brain injury victims.
While no one expects to be a victim of crime, it is important to know that help is available.
For further information, please contact:
Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre
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