Grande Prairie and District Victim Services Unit

About Us

Head Office:
10202 - 99 Street
Grande Prairie, AB
T8V 2H4
Phone: 780-830-5755

Mission Statement

The mission of Grande Prairie and District Victim Services is to provide a highly skilled, compassionate level of service to any victim of crime or tragedy, through our dedicated staff and trained volunteers.

Our Victim Services Unit is a policed based, non-profit, charitable society that works with the RCMP to provide support, information and referrals to residents of Grande Prairie and District during times of crisis, trauma or tragedy, whether they are victims of crime, sudden death or family crisis.

  • Spirit River office:

Box 420, 4501 - 50 Street
Spirit River, AB
T0H 3G0
780-864-4355

Goals Of The Victim Services Program

  • Lessen the immediate impact of a crime on the victim(s). Attempt to alleviate stress on the victim(s) through support, information and referrals.
  • Provide information and support to assist victims to cope with the effects of crime and tragedy.

 

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) 

What is CISM? 

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) provides a 24/7 coordinated crisis intervention service following a traumatic event that has had an overwhelming impact on a group. The objective is to reduce negative impacts of an event on the groups and individuals involved. The CISM Team is comprised of volunteers who provide consultation services for members of our community impacted by crisis. 

 

What is a critical Incident? 

A critical incident is an unusual, traumatic event that has an impact on groups of people and may overwhelm their ability to cope.

  • Line of duty death
  • Work site death
  • Near miss accident
  • Fatality
  • Multiple casualties
  • Serious injury
  • Unusual nature of tragedy
  • Unique circumstances
  • Significant media attention
  • Compounding events
  • School/Team crisis

 

Signs that someone has been impacted by a traumatic event
  • Weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Headache
  • Poor abstract thinking
  • Poor concentration
  • Disorientation
  • Depression
  • Intense anger
  • Outbursts

 

Things to try
  • Appropriate physical exercise combined with relaxation and nutrition
  • Structure your time
  • Keep busy
  • Talk to people
  • Reach out
  • Maintain as normal schedule as possible
  • Don't label yourself crazy
  • Keep a journal
  • Ensure you get plenty of rest
  • Spend time with friends
  • Stay away from alcohol and/or drugs
  • Give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feelings with others
  • So things that feel good to you
  • Don't make any "big" life decisions
  • Eat well balanced & regular meals

 

CISM Team Objectives 

STABILIZE individuals and groups to prevent escalation of stress reactions

MITIGATE acute signs and symptoms or stress

RESTORE individuals to adaptive functioning

FACILITATE access to higher level of care in necessary

 

 

 

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