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Victims and Survivors of Crime

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Written by Patti Foley

“Empowering Resilience”

May 28 to June 3, 2017 is Victims and Survivors of Crime Week. This annual outreach initiative is headed by the Justice Canada Policy Centre for Victim Issues. This year’s theme is entitled: “Empowering Resilience.”

Resilience is “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.” This is not always an easy task, especially alone. Caledon\ Dufferin Victim Services (CDVS) is a support service that works in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police and Regional Police Services to serve those in the Town of Caledon and the County of Dufferin. They are a non-profit, charitable organization that offers free, one-to-one, confidential assistance 24 hours a day 7 days a week to support individuals affected by crime, abuse and tragic circumstances.

To Caledon\Dufferin Victim Services, the needs of every victim matters. Whether you are a victim, a friend, a family member or even a witness, CDVS is available to help. Whether you require safety, financial assistance, counselling, or even longer term support, CDVS is able to connect you with the programs and services that match your needs.

Trying to navigate through social services, medical, justice and government systems can be challenging. Reach out to those who can help you help yourself. CDVS can be reached at:

• 24 Hour Crisis Line (905) 951-3838
• Caledon (905) 951-3838 OR 1-888-743-6496
• Dufferin (519) 942-1452

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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