Support services for domestic violence and sexual assault laid bare

The third session in a series on domestic violence in the community gets going Wednesday morning in Chilliwack.


The third session in a series on domestic violence in the community gets going Wednesday morning in Chilliwack.

Presenters from Chilliwack Community Services (CCS) are on deck this week, with details about what’s available in terms of support and therapy available for child, youth and adult victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Family Services Team within CCS includes a Family Support Unit, a Sexual Abuse Intervention Program counsellor and a Specialized Victim Services Unit.

The Family Support Unit provides in-home crisis intervention and support to families and children from Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) referrals.

The Sexual Abuse Intervention program counsellor will explain the aims of this type of counselling and the effects of sexual abuse on children and youth.  The Specialized Victim Services Unit will discuss their programs, how they can be accessed, as well as details on the kind of support they offer to victims of sexual abuse and relationship violence. CCS offers 10 programs in all and services are for both women and men.

The sessions hosted by Chilliwack RCMP are running for six consecutive weeks at the CCS offices on Wellington Avenue, every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon until June 13.

The three remaining weeks will see presentations from the Ann Davis Transition Society legal advocate, the Mennonite Central Committee, RCMP and RCMP Victim Services.

For more details about the sessions call Cpl. Barb Vincent at (604) 702-4001.

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