Domestic Violence Support Service (VRSS) - Help for Victims of Crime

Domestic Violence Support Service (DVSS)

Domestic Violence Support Service helps victims of domestic violence when criminal charges have been laid and assists individuals who receive police services for domestic violence incidents that do not result in charges or arrests. Based on recent amendments to the Domestic Violence and Stalking Act, Victim Services now provides training to community services agencies so that they may become designated to provide assistance to protection order applicants. The program provides support and information to victims of domestic violence by:

  • creating a safe, supportive environment to talk about the situation
  • providing information about the criminal charges and the court process
  • explaining the roles of those involved in the criminal justice system
  • discussing safety planning and creating a protection plan to improve safety
  • explaining how to get protective relief orders
  • offering on-going emotional support and short-term counselling
  • explaining the cycle of violence and how it can be broken
  • offering support throughout the court process
  • preparing victims and going to court with them, when possible
  • advising Crown attorneys of concerns that victims may have about court cases
  • connecting families to appropriate community resources through referral, advocacy and coordination of community resources

The program also provides victims with information about the Cellphone Emergency Limited Link-up program (CELL).

Victim Impact Statements apply to all victims of crime and allow victims to tell the court how they have been affected by the crime. For more information, please visit the Victim Impact Statement Program area of our site.

Legal Options for Protection from Domestic Violence and Stalking - Protection Orders (674 Kb PDF)

Domestic Violence and Stalking: Court Orders of Protection (83 Kb PDF)

Application for a Protection Order and Appendix (72 Kb PDF)

Application for a Protection Order (on Behalf of) (125 Kb PDF)

The Cycle of Violence and how you can break it

Protection Plan for People in Abusive Relationships
Click here to view the multi language fact sheets on the cycle of violence and protection planning.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

The Link between Domestic Violence and Substance Use

Stalking is a Crime

Resource Card

Government of Manitoba: Status of Women: Sexual Violence -- You Are Not Alone

Domestic Abuse Community Resource Map (Winnipeg)

Domestic Abuse Community Resource Map (Brandon)