Victim support cases on rise

The need to help victims of crime, abuse and tragedy continues in rural Central Alberta.

The need to help victims of crime, abuse and tragedy continues in rural Central Alberta.

Blackfalds and District Victim Support Society assistant program co-ordinator Karie Ackermann said every year the society can count on its file load increasing.

The non-profit society works with the local RCMP in the areas surrounding Red Deer, including Red Deer County, Lacombe County, Blackfalds, Clive, Tees, Springbrook, Haynes and the Village of Gull Lake.

In 2012, the society helped 653 victims of crimes such as domestic abuse, robberies, violence and sex crimes.

As of August this year, the society had dealt with 253 new cases. Of those cases, 219 were police-related and 34 were self-referred.

“Unfortunately that means our referrals are coming from the police, which means there is crime and tragedy occurring and victims are needing our support, information and referrals, ” said Ackermann.

Ackermann said the society has been around for 15 years but people do not necessarily know about its work until they are a victim of a crime or a tragedy.

On Saturday, the society will host the Helping Hearts Harvest gala at the Black Knight Inn.

The event is geared to bring awareness about the organization’s work in the Central Alberta communities.

“We do not want any victim to suffer alone and in silence,” said Ackermann. “We have a program that will support them through their time of need.”

The money raised during the event will support the programs, train volunteers and provide emergency services to victims.

Ackermann said a person in need may be scared, alone or in shock or need medical attention. Volunteer advocates are available 24 hours seven days a week to help the victims in need.

Ackermann said the advocates have undergone demanding training including a police security clearance.

New volunteers are always needed.

They must be older than 18 years of age, go through training and commit to the program for two years or more.

The fine dining charity event will feature Randi Boulton and The Band Porter and a Lewis Lavoie live painting performance.

For more information about the society and ticket information contact Ackermann at 403-392-2412 or at www.victimsupport.ca.

The society was formerly known as Rural Red Deer and District Victim Support Service.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer Salvation Army providing assistance to seniors, families through Adopt-A-Family program

The Salvation Army in Red Deer will assist seniors and families through… Continue reading

Innisfail man facing charges after short standoff with police

Man arrested after RCMP spot sotlen van in Innisfail

Odour-reduction methods are left up to the cannabis company, says Health Canada

Several technologies are available: federal regulator

Tax hike upsets pot growers

Tax changes could hurt a thriving industry: canola producers

Central Alberta experiencing a growing cockroach problem

Travellers unwittingly bringing back pests from their trips

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

Your community calendar

Wednesday Pain 101 class — learn to take control of your chronic… Continue reading

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to fire Don Cherry?

Do you agree with the decision to fire Don Cherry for his… Continue reading

Opinion: WHL can’t avoid fallout of Don Cherry firing

The fallout from Don Cherry’s firing at Hockey Night in Canada has… Continue reading

CTV, Jessica Allen apologize for her hockey remarks after Don Cherry’s firing

TORONTO — CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended… Continue reading

High tides surge through Venice, locals rush to protect art

VENICE, Italy — Exceptionally high tidal waters surged through Venice again on… Continue reading

CFL stadium group submits revised plan to Halifax Regional Council

HALIFAX — The business group that wants to build a 24,000-seat stadium… Continue reading

CREA: national home sales up 12.9 per cent in October compared with last year

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says the number of home… Continue reading

Cannabis producer Green Organic Dutchman shares fall after it reports $20.1M loss

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. shares fell sharply… Continue reading

Most Read