Our Victim Services program offers practical and emotional support to males and those who identify as male starting at age 16. We help men who have experienced any physical, emotional or sexual trauma in childhood or as adults. This may also include trauma from war, natural disasters, close relationships, workplace trauma, medical procedures, etc. All new clients begin their journey with the Men’s Therapy Centre through Victim Services with an initial intake interview.
The intake process helps us get to know you better by:
- Offering some initial support and getting a sense of your current situation.
- Exploring and looking at ways Men’s Therapy Centre can best support you either through our Victim Services or clinical counselling program.
- Ongoing short term emotional support.
Victim Services can also help with:
- Navigating the criminal justice program if you have been a victim of crime or help you make a report to police about historic sexual abuse.
- Locating funding avenues for counselling including the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
- Completing Victim Impact Statements for court.
- Assist with Third party reporting.
Intake interviews are scheduled for an hour and may be in-person, online, or by phone. Intakes are also the first step to join any of our groups. If you are interested in attending group therapy, please let us know at the intake so that we can pass your information along to the facilitator of the group.
Have you recently been assaulted?
If you have been sexually assaulted within the last 7 days, you have access to the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Visit the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic website for all of the information.
Reporting to Police
In most situations, it is your choice whether you report to the police or not. Should you choose to do this, you can contact us to make an appointment with our Victim Services Coordinator. They will help you think through your options and choices.
You don’t have to decide right away about reporting to the police – you can take some time to think about what you want to do. We can support you in this process and it can be helpful to write down what you remember about what happened to you as it can be useful if you decide to report in the future.
For more information about reporting to the police at the Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic website.
You can get follow-up emotional support and information at the Men’s* Therapy Centre. If you decide that you want some follow up support the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) worker will, with your consent, make a referral to the Men’s Therapy Centre and you will receive a call from one of our Victim Service Workers who will make an appointment with you. All services at the Men’s Therapy Centre are confidential and there to support you.