Victims of crime – Other help

See “Are you experiencing domestic violence?” for links to local shelters and counselling.

Legal Advice

Independent Legal Advice Program (Government of Ontario) – If you are a victim of sexual assault living in Ontario and would like to speak to a lawyer, you may be eligible for up to 4 hours of FREE legal advice by phone or video conversation (for example, Skype or Zoom). This service does not include legal representation in court. 1-855-226-3904

Reclaim Probono – Reclaim provides legal information and free legal advice and representation to people in Ontario, Canada, who have had intimate or sensitive images shared or published without their consent.

Human Trafficking Hotline

The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline is a confidential, multilingual service, operating 24/7 to connect victims and survivors with social services, law enforcement, and emergency services, as well as receive tips from the public.  Call: 1-833-900-1010

Victims’ Services

Financial help

If you are a victim of violent crime and have reported the crime to the police, you may get financial help. The Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+) (locally it is Victim Services Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington) provides financial assistance to victims of violent crime.

You may be able to get help for emergency expenses, such as crime scene clean-up, short-term immediate counselling, locks changed, cell phones, and emergency home repairs.

  • Victim Services Belleville – 1-866-680-9972
  • Victim Services Napanee – 1-877-354-4151
  • Victim Services Quinte West – 613-392-3561

The Victim’s Fund provides financial assistance to victims of crime to attend National Parole Board hearings.

Indigenous Victim Services – call 613-438-3517 or for emergencies or after hours call 1-343-363-0318

Victim support

The Government of Ontario’s getting help website has information about many services for victims and witnesses including office locations and phone numbers (via search). This includes the Victim/Witness Assistance Program which provides support and information about your court case. They meet with you and accompany you to court. You can also contact the multilingual victim support line at 1-888-579-2888.

Also, see this VQRP+ fact sheet with links to other victim services.

Victim Justice Network offers support and information about the court process for victims of violent crime. See their infographic: The Criminal Court Process – A brief overview of what you need to know as a victim of violent crime.

National Victim Services – for victims of federal offenders

Ontario Victim Services – direct services to victims of crime across Ontario

Counselling services

See our Counselling Referral Resources list for more links to counselling services in our service area or visit the Ontario Counselling Finder website.