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Position
Victim Support Worker
Agency / Organization
South Okanagan Victim Assistance
Contact name
Lorraine Renyard
Title
Executive Director
Address
#204-304 Martin Street
City
Penticton
Province
British Columbia
Postal Code
V2A 5K4
Description
The Victim Support Worker provides services meant to lessen the impact of crime and trauma on victims and assist in their recovery; increase victim safety and help prevent re-victimization; increase the victim’s level of participation and sense of empowerment while participating in the criminal justice system; ensure that victims are effectively supported through the justice process.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Emotional Support and Crisis Response
• Provide short term emotional support specific to the unique needs and concerns of victims
• Provide crisis response services during regular program hours
• Support victims who report to police and those who choose not to report
• Provide support to victims throughout their participation in the justice process
• Ensure that client issues are treated confidentially and respectfully

Information
• Provide accurate general and case-specific information about the justice system including: criminal justice system principles, functions and process, rights of victim and accused, roles of justice system personnel, court procedures, updates on status of investigation and prosecution, copies of court orders, sentencing, probation and parole
• Provide information on the dynamics of abuse, crime prevention and safety planning
• Maintain client confidentiality in accordance with the Personal Information Privacy Act

Practical Assistance/Accompaniment
• Assist victims in completing Crime Victim Assistance applications and victim impact statements
• Assist with safety planning
• Facilitate accompaniment and/or transportation to police, Crown Counsel, court, community services or medical appointments

Court Support
• Provide general and case specific information as the case proceeds through the court
• Liaise with Crown Counsel, provide witness preparation, court tours and accompaniment
• Debrief court experience and case outcome
• Provide information on Provincial and Federal Corrections and the National Parole Board
• Facilitate registration for notification with the appropriate institution or parole board
• Assist with victim submissions to National Parole Board hearings
• Prepare victims for the offenders release

Referrals and Liaison
• Contact incoming referral sources promptly and provide confirmation to referring agency
• Assess victim needs and refer to appropriate resources as needed such as counselling, legal aid, and medical services
• Make initial contact for the victim if requested and follow up if appropriate
• Liaise with RCMP, Crown Counsel, court personnel, Corrections and other agencies and service providers on behalf of the victim

Public Education/Community Coordination
• Provide public education on the dynamics of abuse, prevention, criminal victimization and victim services (when resources permit)
• Create, contribute to, or participate in committees and groups to promote and support victim’s rights in the community and the justice system

Recordkeeping
• Ensure client files are accurate, up to date, and stored in keeping with records management guidelines and the Personal Information Privacy Act (PIPA)
• Explain client confidentiality and ensure consent forms are signed
• Keep court appearance calendar up to date and accurate
• Send out evaluation forms regularly
• Ensure data entry and statistical reporting is completed on time

Collaborative Management Responsibilities
• Adhere to the agency code of ethics
• Participate fully in agency tasks, planning meetings, goal setting and consensus decision making as a member of the collaborative team at SOVAS
• Practice consistent self care and consult with staff when needed on workload concerns
• Participate in ongoing professional development as funding allows
Phone
(250) 493-0800
Email
ac.sovas@gmail.com
Website
http://www.sovas.ca
Closing Date
15/11/2017
15/11/2017