Williams Lake RCMP Victim Services manager Harriet Hird.

Williams Lake RCMP Victim Services manager Harriet Hird.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week events planned

Crime victims looking for support will have an opportunity this week to learn what services are available in Williams Lake.

Crime victims looking for support will have an opportunity this week to learn what services are available in Williams Lake.

Victim Services of the Alexis Creek and Williams Lake RCMP are collaborating with local service providers to mark Victim and Survivors of Crime Week, May 29 to June 4 in Williams Lake, with two information sessions.

“I look forward to meeting everyone as we create awareness to victims and survivors of crime about the services available and the assistance we as Victim Service workers can provide to help survivors and their families,” said Karen Jim, who manages the Alexis Creek Victim Services program and is collaborating on the event.

Titled Power of Our Voices, the first session takes place on Thursday, June 2 at Lake City Secondary School at the Williams Lake campus for the students only, and the second session will be held at Thompson Rivers University Friday and is open to the community from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“I have 15 tables confirmed,” said Harriet Hird, Williams Lake RCMP Victim Services program manager, noting this is the first time Williams Lake has marked Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

“We were able to get a grant from the Department of Justice Canada to put on the events,” Hird said.

Both events will promote collaboration among agencies and enhance relationships between various service providers and empower clients to find appropriate resources available in our community.

Victim and survivors of crime week is an annual outreach initiative of the Justice Canada Policy to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families.

“It is also about acknowledging the dedicated work of service providers who assist victims and survivors of crime and their families,” Hird said.

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