Being a victim of, or a witness to, a criminal event can be a very traumatic experience. The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Victim Services Unit believes that every victim or witness deserves compassion, support, and access to the services they need. Our highly trained staff and volunteers work with victims of crime and trauma. They do this through phone and on-scene intervention, emotional support, safety planning, and community program referrals.

Programs and Services

In the unfortunate event where you have been the victim of crime or a traumatic event, it is important to know that the following programs are available to you.

Crisis Intervention

Our Victim Services Unit can provide support to individuals affected by crime and tragic circumstances that are victim-centered and culturally competent. Some of the services offered are:

  • 24/7 on-scene crisis intervention (Police referred);
  • Needs assessment;
  • Safety planning; and
  • Referrals to counselling, community, or government support.

Project Lifesaver

The Halton Regional Police Service's Project Lifesaver program combines radio technology with a coordinated police response to locate missing loved ones. Participants in Project Lifesaver wear a small personal transmitter that sends out a frequency that, in the event the person goes missing, police can use specialized equipment to track and locate the client. For more information on Project Lifesaver, contact us at projectlifesaver@haltonpolice.ca.

Missing Person Resource

For information for both family members and service providers/professionals who may be assisting families with a missing adult, as well as interested members of the public, please see the Canadian Centre for Information on Missing Adults.

Mobile Tracking System

In partnership with the Intimate Partner Violence Unit, a GPS tracking device that acts as a personal alarm is provided to an individual who has been identified as “at risk” of further violence. This short term option acts as one component of a larger safety plan which:

  • Places a priority on victim safety;
  • Promotes an improved response to victims;
  • Respects an individual victim's freedom; and
  • Promotes a community wide response to reduce intimate partner violence.

Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+)

Victims of violent crime may need additional resources or support. The Victim Quick Response supports victims by lessening the impact of an event while increasing the victim's safety. Victims of homicide, attempted murder, serious physical assault, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or hate crimes may qualify for the program. Through this program, eligible victims with no other financial means may be able to access:

  • Emergency expenses to secure premises to ensure immediate safety or emergency accommodations and meals;
  • Transportation and dependent care costs for a family member who must identify a homicide victim or support a seriously injured victim of violent crime;
  • Crime scene cleanup requiring specialized services;
  • Funeral expenses to assist families of homicide victims; and
  • Counselling to provide short term, early intervention counselling to help victims of serious crime.

Additional Resources

Internal Resources

Brochures and Guides

External Resources

How Victim Services and the Government of Canada are working together

Helpful Videos

Contact Information

For more information on our Victim Services Unit or any of the programs above, please contact:

Phone: 905-825-4777 ext. 5239
Fax: 905-825-1205

For confidential inquiries, contact: VictimServices@haltonpolice.ca.