April 6 – 12, 2014 has been declared Victims of Crime Awareness Week in Saskatchewan, to coincide with National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
Every year the Ministry of Justice uses this week to highlight the important work to assist victims of crime in Saskatchewan and the programs and services available to victims and their families. This year’s theme is “Taking Action.”
During this week the ministry also recognizes the important contribution of volunteers in the success of victim services programs.
“I want to take the time this week to thank all volunteer Victim Support Workers, volunteer board members, and program staff that support victims of crime in Saskatchewan,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “These people provide a great service to their communities and are an excellent example of the compassion and kindness of the people of Saskatchewan.”
All of the nearly 300 volunteer Victim Support Workers and nearly 125 board members in Saskatchewan will be recognized for their service to communities across the province. To show appreciation, Minister Wyant will host a luncheon at the Legislative Building for volunteers who have completed 10, 15 and 20 years of service.
The Ministry of Justice supports a range of programs and services to assist victims of crime throughout Saskatchewan. This includes support in the immediate aftermath of a crime, specialized responses to domestic violence and sexual assault, and support for children and other vulnerable witnesses who are required to testify in court.
For information about National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, services available for victims, or volunteer opportunities, please contact your local victim services program. You can also contact the Victims Services Branch at 306-787-3500 or visit the website at www.justice.gov.sk.ca/victimsservices.