Ottawa Victim Services (OVS) provides emotional support, practical assistance, referrals and advocacy to individuals who have been victimized as a result of a crime or tragic circumstance, without judgment in order to lessen the impact of victimization. OVS is a community-based agency committed to treating individuals with courtesy, compassion and with respect for their dignity, privacy and diversity.

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Emotional Support

Supportive listening
Assistance in gathering natural supports
Identification of options and choices
Emotional support through the criminal and family court system
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Practical Assistance

Safety Planning
Emergency financial support
Funeral arrangements
Accessing financial supports
Food sustenance
Forms and/or applications

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Assist victims in navigating the social and criminal justice systems
Support individuals through the criminal and family court systems

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Community agencies, legal resources, criminal justice system, medical support, Victim Assistance organizations that are out of our service area

Chat line for survivors of domestic abuse

Unsafe at Home Ottawa is a text and chat line for survivors of domestic abuse in Ottawa and in Lanark County run by Interval House of Ottawa. OVS is a partner of Unsafe at Home Ottawa project. Click here to leave the Ottawa Victim Services website and speak to a trained support worker now.