For more than three decades, Family Services of Greater Vancouver has provided victim support and trauma counselling services to children, youth, and adults across the Lower Mainland.
The impacts of exploitation and trafficking on children and youth are devastating. Being a victim upends and interrupts lives, and it’s up to you and me to do what we can to support youth through prevention and early intervention.
So that more lives are uninterrupted. So that survivors can take control over their lives and live them UN/interrupted.
Our Victim Support Workers support more than 40 victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in an average year. Many of them are at-risk youth. Many of them are from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Many of them identify as IBPOC, with over 50% coming from Indigenous communities. All of them have lived incredibly challenging lives.
Victim Support Workers provide wrap-around support to these victims so they can have a chance for a better future. From trauma counselling and helping them navigate the complex criminal justice system, to providing them with long-term support so they are less likely to be exploited in the future, our team is there for them every step of the way.
Due to funding gaps, not all victims are able to receive support. More and more people are looking to us for help. Our capacity is capped.
That is why, this May, Family Services of Greater Vancouver is looking to you for help.
This Victims and Survivors of Crime week, FSGV is raising funds for our Victim Services programming to close the funding gap. By making a donation, you can help us continue to provide this much-needed support and advocacy by hiring more skilled advocates and counsellors to join our team. Your gift can help us go a long way.
You have the power to create healthier, safer, and more inclusive environments for our children and youth. Your donation today means:
- We can increase caseloads, which means more vulnerable young people supported;
- We can hire more counsellors and experts, expanding our current victim support services to the people who need it the most;
- We can train more service workers, healthcare professionals, and educators to better support victims and prevent future exploitation.
Thank you for believing in a brighter tomorrow!