British Columbians need to know that if they are the victims of a crime, help is just a phone call or click away.
The Province's goal is to reach victims of crime who have not yet accessed the justice system by raising awareness about the support and services available through VictimLink BC.
VictimLink BC helps victims of violence and abuse access a network of more than 400 programs throughout British Columbia funded by the Ministry of Justice and other service providers.
"VictimLink BC provides an important service to those British Columbians who are victims of crime, and we need to be proactive to help ensure that people who require assistance or support know how to get the help they need. That's why this awareness campaign is so important," said Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond.
That's why a public service awareness campaign will run throughout the month of March to promote VictimLink BC, a confidential and multilingual referral service available by phone or online to all victims of crime.
Advertisements will be placed on transit buses in Metro Vancouver, Abbotsford, Mission, Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, Nanaimo and Prince George, as well as on SkyTrain and Canada Line trains in Metro Vancouver.
British Columbians will also be able to view these PSAs in the weekend print editions of the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers and online for the entire month.
"For the past 23 years, the BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse has provided recovery options for boys and men who have been either sexually abused or sexually assaulted. VictimLink BC serves as a vital community resource to direct clients to our services. We believe that the VictimLink BC awareness campaign will help us to reach more male survivors of sexual abuse," said Executive director of the BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Don Wright.
To connect with VictimLink BC, call: 1 (800) 563-0808.