Barrie and Area VCARS (Victim Services) supports the philosophy that every victim of crime and tragedy has a right to receive compassionate, knowledgeable, and caring support to help cope in the aftermath of a traumatic event.
Help us to reach out to assist individuals to survive the impact of trauma by alleviating short and long-term distress, giving strength to regain personal independence and regain a sense of safety.
What People Are Saying
"After escaping an extremely abusive relationship. I met staff from Barrie victim services who knew that I was vulnerable and overwhelmed. I never imagined someone would try to kill me. The staff person supported me and helped me re-establish calm so I could speak on my own behalf."
— Alice, 2016
"In 2000, my family was a victim of a crime. One 20-minute conversation with Victim Services and I was able to start my journey of healing. For me it was the gentle hand to lift me through a time of crisis, allowing me to take my first step forward."
— Kim, 2016
"I was sexually assaulted by someone I knew and trusted. I recognise the importance of having someone extend a hand of support, an attentive ear, and a heart that cares; someone with compassion and without judgement. Barrie and Area VCARS offers that support to anyone who needs it. "
— Volunteer, former Client