The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has awarded the contract for the Cowichan Valley Police Based Victim Services (PBVS) to Cowichan Women Against Violence (CWAV) Society.
“The Cowichan Valley has been incredibly well served over many years by the PBVS team,” said Jane Sterk, executive director of the CWAV Society.
“The all-volunteer board of the Cowichan Valley Regional Victim Services Society that previously held the contract and is dissolving, deserves thanks for their dedication and commitment to supporting victims of crime.”
Services will remain substantially unchanged, Sterk said, with PBVS continuing to work out of the three Cowichan Valley RCMP detachments: North Cowichan/ Duncan, Shawnigan Lake and Lake Cowichan.
PBVS is a 24-hour service, whose caseworkers respond to police call-outs to critical incidents, where they provide crisis intervention, emotional support and follow-up to victims and witnesses of crime and other trauma.
Support includes criminal justice information and support, safety planning, information and referrals, and, emotional and practical support.
PBVS supports victims of all crimes except for domestic violence cases, which are referred to Community Based Victim Services (CBVS), a program of Cowichan Women Against Violence.
CBVS assists victims of domestic violence with safety planning, help in navigating the criminal justice process, emotional and crisis support, and information and referrals.