Personal Information and Scams Protection - A Canadian Practical Guide
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is particularly true in the case of crime prevention through education and awareness. This guide, the Canadian Practical Guide, is a prevention tool. It builds on its successful predecessor, the Student Practical Guide.
Whether on-line, in person, or by any other means, the criminal activities described in this guide will almost certainly have affected you or someone you know. All Canadians should be aware of the need to protect their personal information and ensure their identity and finances are not compromised. The wealth of information in the following guide will assist Canadians to protect themselves and their personal information.
Identity Theft and Identity Fraud Victim Assistance GuideRCMP website with information about what to do when you are a victim of ID theft and Fraud.
Living Beyond the Murder of a Loved OneThis handbook is intended to help families and others affected by homicide navigate the confusion of their loss and understand some of the processes that may happen in the days, weeks, months and years following their loved one’s death. It includes practical information about the criminal justice system, and the supports and services that are available to help them cope with this ordea
Nation Organization for Victim AsssistanceNOVA’s mission is to promote rights and services for victims of crime and crisis everywhere. A United States based agency.
Ontario Network of Victim Service Providers
Anishinabek Police ServiceAnishinabek Police Service website.
Office of the Independent Police Review Director
Do you know how to file a complaint about police in Ontario? The Office of the Independent Police Review Director is staffed by civilians and are separate from the police. 1-877-411-4773
Ontario Provincial PoliceOntario Provincial Police website.
Sarnia Police ServicesSarnia Police Services website.
Mnaasged Child and Family Services
As First Nations people the Creator has entrusted us with the sacred responsibility for protecting all our children based on our customs, culture, values and beliefs. Mnaasged Child and Family Services aspires to meet this responsibility and to enhance the social harmony in our communities by implementing best practices and shared responsibility to support and improve the quality of life for our families now and for the next generations.
General Victim Information
SupportLinkSupportLink is a program that provides safety planning, follow-up contact and where appropriate, wireless phones pre-programmed to 9-1-1 to people at risk of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.
Victim Support LineThe Victim Support Line (VSL) is a province-wide, toll-free information line providing a range of services in English and French, to victims of crime.
Victim Witness Assistance Program
The mandate of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is to provide information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime throughout the criminal justice process in order to increase their understanding of, and participation in, the criminal justice process. Offered by the Ontario Victim Services Secretariat, VWAP services include crisis intervention, needs assessment, referrals to community agencies, emotional support, case specific information (court dates, bail conditions) and court preparation and orientation.
Bridging the Service Gap
Community Resource Guide (over 400 programs available); Calendar of Events in Lambton County; Additional Reading; Organization Workshops (over 80 free trainings available).
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board is a quasi-judicial adjudicative agency that awards compensation to victims of crimes of violence that occurred in Ontario.
Canadian resource centre for victims of crime
Family Counselling CentreOffers a variety of programs including: anger management; Critical Incident Stress Debriefing; Bridge the Gap; Employee Assistance Program; and many other programs.
Working with victims of crime: A manual applying research to clinical practice.
Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System (formerly the London Family Court Clinic) is a non-profit social service agency devoted to helping children and families involved with the justice system as victims of crime, witnesses of crime, parties in custody disputes, subjects of child protection proceedings, litigants in civil suits for compensation, teenagers in therapeutic care settings, or youthful offenders. We are known around the world for our innovative work on children exposed to domestic violence.
Mothers Against Drunk DrivingMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) is a non-profit, grassroots organization that is committed to stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims of this violent crime.
Office for Victims of Crime
Mission: To provide independent advice to the Attorney General that addresses the needs of victims of crime.
“Have You Been a Victim of Crime? What’s Next ….Information and Resources for Victims of Crime in Ontario”.This handbook is for victims of violent crime and the people who support them. It includes information about victims’ rights, places to go for help, and the criminal justice system. This information will help victims to understand what to expect and how to make sure their rights are respected.
National Crime Prevention Library
The National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) library holdings include over 3,000 reference tools, periodicals, and other materials such as videos and games related to crime prevention. Our collection is specific to crime prevention and victimization -- but also includes resources on the criminal justice system and various social problems such as poverty, family violence and intimidation.
Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
The mandate of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime relates exclusively to matters of federal responsibility and includes:
- facilitating access of victims to existing federal programs and services by providing them with information and referrals;
- addressing complaints of victims about compliance with the provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that apply to victims of offenders under federal supervision and providing an independent resource for those victims;
- enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims and the applicable laws that benefit victims of crime, including to promote the principles set out in the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime; and
- identifying emerging issues and exploring systemic issues that impact negatively on victims of crime.
Victims of Violence
Domestic Violence Court Program
Ontario's Domestic Violence Court (DVC) program is the most extensive DVC program in Canada. It facilitates the prosecution of domestic assault cases and early intervention in abusive domestic situations, provides better support to victims and increases offender accountability.
Partner Assualt Response Program
Partner Assault Response (PAR) programs are specialized counselling/educational programs delivered by community-based agencies for individuals who have abused their partners. The goal of a PAR program is to hold offenders accountable for their behaviour and enhance victim safety.
Restraining Order Guide
This guide is intended to assist people who are experiencing violence in their families to apply for a restraining order through the family court. This guide is for everyone who is applying for a restraining order but especially for those who do not have a lawyer.
Assaulted Womens Help Line
We are a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line for women in the province of Ontario.
We also speak to friends and family members of abused women, service providers and other professionals in contact with abused women.
Ontario Womens Directorate
Fem'aide offre aux femmes d'expression française aux prises avec la violence sexiste, du soutien, des renseignements et de l'aiguillage vers les services appropriés dans leur collectivité 24 heures par jour, sept jours par semaine. Fem'aide peut également répondre aux demandes de renseignements faites par les proches des femmes victimes de violence.
Fem'aide concentre son intervention auprès des femmes ayant subi de la violence dans une relation intime ou encore de l'agression à caractère sexuel.
Metropolitian Action Committee On Violence Against Women and ChildrenFact sheets, resources and stats related to violence against women and children.
Family Law Education for WomenAre you having family difficulties? Dealing with issues like divorce, custody or support? Plain language legal information on women’s rights under Ontario family law is available in 14 languages and in multiple formats.
Ontario Womens Justice Network
An online legal resource for women's organizations and individuals working on issues related to justice and violence against women and children.
National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
On behalf of the Government of Canada and its Family Violence Initiative, the Public Health Agency of Canada operates the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (NCFV). The NCFV is Canada’s resource centre for information on violence within relationships of kinship, intimacy, dependency or trust.
Abuse is Wrong Booklet
This booklet is for anyone who is suffering from abuse in a
relationship or in a family. If you know anyone who is being
abused, this booklet may be useful to them. They may need
support. Let them know that they are not alone.
Anyone—man or woman, adult or child—who is suffering from
abuse or who is acting in a violent way is encouraged to get help.
Services in French1-888-946-3029de sensibiliser à la non-violence sous toutes ses formes.Notre travail consiste, entre autres,à soutenir les femmes en situation de détresse ou de crise et à trouver l'aide nécessairedans les agences existantes et les services disponibles.Nous offrons également un service d'appui transitoire qui aide les femmesà se trouver un logement temporaire et permanent.Aussi, nous offrons un service pour discuter vos options, d'interprétation et d'accompagnement.Nos services pour 16 ans+ sont toujours gratuits.Le Réseau-femmes du sud-ouest de l'Ontario offre ces mêmes services àWindsor, Chatham, London, Sarnia et le sud-ouest de l'Ontario.Nos intervenantes communautaires vont vous aider;elles vont vous croire, elles vont vous rassurer et vous soutenir,elles vont vous présenter les ressources,elles vont vous trouver l'aide nécessaire et toujours respecter vos choix . . .vous avez 'le pouvoir de choisir'.
Ontario Network of Sexual Assualt and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Clients can access sexual assault/domestic violence emergency services through the ER department of a hospital with an associated SA/DVCC. Hospitals without a SA/DV program can ensure transfer to one that does. The services are covered by O.H.I.P. Contact individual Centres to determine wheelchair accessibility. Clients can come alone, with a friend/family member or police.
Springtide Resources promotes healthy and equal relationships by engaging diverse communities in shared educational strategies designed to prevent violence against women and the effect it has on children.
Sexaul Assualt/Rape Crisis Centres
Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Centres (SAC) offer a wide variety of services to victims and survivors of sexual violence.
Ontario Network of Sexual Assualt and Domestic Violence Treatment CentresClients can access sexual assault/domestic violence emergency services through the ER department of a hospital with an associated SA/DVCC. Hospitals without a SA/DV program can ensure transfer to one that does. The services are covered by O.H.I.P. Contact individual Centres to determine wheelchair accessibility. Clients can come alone, with a friend/family member or police.
Sexual Assault Survivors Centre Sarnia LambtonFree and confidential individual and group counselling; 24 hour crisis line; accompaniment; public education; advocacy; information and referral services.
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Please use our site to...
...find help if you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault.
...search for information and educational resources about sexual violence and related issues.
...network with rape crisis/sexual assault centres across Ontario.
...learn more about the OCRCC and its member centres.
Bereaved Families of Ontario
At Bereaved Families, we dedicate our work to bereavement support through self-help and mutual aid.
Our strong community spirit mirrors the commitment made by our volunteers and staff. Our programs are facilitated by trained volunteers who are themselves bereaved. Volunteer health professionals support our facilitators and advise our programs. Each year, on behalf of Bereaved Families over 1,000 volunteers contribute to helping the healing begin.
Bereaved Families of OntarioBereaved Families of Ontario is a non-profit association of families who have lost a child to death. Our belief is that the people who truly understand this special kind of grief are those who have experienced the same tragedy. We offer a non-judgemental environment with trained volunteers who are bereaved parents themselves.
Perinatal Bereavement Support OntarioPBSO provides a variety of unique support services that have been tailored specifically to meet the special needs of perinatally bereaved families. When a pregnancy ends with miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, medical termination, stillbirth or neonatal death, the parents may experience anger, hopelessness, lowered self esteem and other feelings.
St. Joseph's Hospice
Hospice care as well as Bereavement Programs for Children and adults.
Parents Trauma Resource CentreThe Parents Trauma Resource Center is an excellent tool for parents and caregivers to easily find detailed information about grief and trauma.
Ministry of Health and Long Term CareThis online reporting tool will provide you with information about the performance of long-term care homes during a specified reporting period.
- See the Inspection Findings — reports issued by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care — on any home.
- Read the Verified Concerns about a home, if any exist, such as complaints from residents or relatives.
Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder AbuseThe Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA) is dedicated to raising awareness of elder abuse and neglect, through public education, professional training, advocacy and service coordination.
Community Law School (Sarnia Lambton) Inc.A Public Legal Information Project. The purpose of the CLS is to develop and support a well-trained group of community-based lay advocates who are trained to assist their clients, friends, neighbours and themselves with social welfare law concerns. This group includes front-line social service agency staff, grass-roots consumer advocates and members of the low-income community.
Community Legal Education OntarioCLEO is a community legal clinic that produces clear language material for people with low incomes. Main topics include social assistance, landlord and tenant law, refugee and immigration law, workers' compensation, women's issues, family law, employment insurance and human rights.
Lawyer Referral ServiceLaw Society of Upper Canada helps individuals and groups find a lawyer in the area of practice needed.
CanadaCountry of Canada
SarniaCity of Sarnia
PetroliaTown of Petrolia
OntarioProvince of Ontario
County of LamtbonThe Corporation of the County of Lambton
Lambton ShoresMunicipality of Lambton Shores.
Oil SpringsVillage of Oil Springs
Plympton WyomingTown of Plympton-Wyoming
Township of St. Clair
Point EdwardVillage of Point Edward
Township of Warwick