No one expects to be affected by a crime or trauma. If you, or anyone you care about, are affected by such events you may experience a range of feelings:
Fear - Anger - Violation - Anxiety - Isolation - Stress - Shock - Helplessness - Self-Doubt - Disbelief - Hurt - Depression
Vulcan Regional Victims Services provides support, information and referrals for adults and children affected by:
Domestic Assault - Family Violence - Sexual Assault - Sudden Death - Motor Vehicle Collision - Assault - Theft - Break and Enter - Fire
Our role is to reduce the impact you may experience from a crime or tragedy.
Types of Services
VRVSS provides 24 hour, 7 day per week, on-call assistance to victims requiring immediate trauma intervention, emotional support and practical assistance. Volunteer advocates are paged by RCMP members through referrals from other community agencies including the Vulcan Regional Hospital, Vulcan & District Family & Community Support Services as well as Fire and Emergency Medical personnel. When responding to a crisis call, advocates work in teams of two.
Advocates provide non-judgmental support and practical assistance including formalized court preparation sessions for crown witnesses, the accompaniment of victims to court, information on bail hearings, and assistance with the completion of victim impact statements, restitution claims and applications for financial benefits.
Advocates are trained in appropriate community resources for victims who require additional or complimentary services, including the referral of victims of crime and trauma to mental health professionals.
Advocates inform victims of their rights when dealing with the criminal justice system, keeping these individuals abreast of developments with criminal investigations and all court proceedings.
The VRVSS promotes crime prevention awareness through the provision of preventive information to victims of crime, conducting community presentations and educational seminars, and acting as a resource for other community agencies who may come into contact with victims.
Critical Incident Stress Debriefings
The VRVSS have advocates trained in Critical Incident
Stress Management. They are able to offer services to first responders encountering particularly stressful calls.
Services in and around Vulcan County
FCSS is a local non-profit organization that provides aid and support to the community through various programs and events. Their aim is to:
Help people to develop independence, strengthen coping skills and become more resistant to crisis;
Help people to develop an awareness of social needs;
Help people to develop interpersonal and group skills which enhance constructive relationships among people;
Help people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions which affect them;
Provide supports that help sustain people as active participants in the community.
Vibrant, welcoming and engaging learning experiences that empower everyone to achieve personal goals and contribute to an enhanced quality of life
We offer local, affordable programs and services to help individuals and families achieve personal goals.
In emergency situations, call 911. For other inquiries. call 1-403-485-2267
Located in High River, the Rowan House Emergency Shelter aims to provide crisis relief, support, and education to violence stricken families.
Provides programs and services for people experiencing mental health issues. Offers short-term Mental Health Counselling (1 to 10 sessions) that include:
assessing, treating and following up with people
referring people to other mental wellness services
Government of Alberta Bullying Helpline 1-888-456-2323
Abuse and Domestic Violence Hotline Call 211
Addictions Helpline 1-866-332-2322
Alcoholics Anonymous 24 hour Hotline 1-403-777-1212
Calgary Crisis/Distress Line 1-403-266-4357
Mental Health Helpline 1-877-303-2642
AHS: Rural Addictions and Mental Health Intake 1-877-652-4700
Provincial Abuse Line
Safe Houses and Shelters
Sexual Violence and Assault
Alberta Sexual Assault Hotline 1-780-423-4121
Suicide Crisis Hotline 1-800-784-2433
Women and Children Trauma Aid
Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-387-5437