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On October 24, 1983, the Esquimalt Police Department started a Victim Services Program, run solely by Cst. Grant Smith of their Community Services Section. The success of this program, as well as the results of a federal survey on victims of crime in 1982, prompted Cst. Doug Holmes of the Victoria Police Department to organize a group of people within the community who recognized the need to ensure that victims of crime would not be forgotten or misled in the criminal justice system.

On February 29, 1984, the first meeting of the Victim Services Program was held in the conference room of the Victoria Police Department. The seeds of a regional service were planted, and we owe much to these founding members for their vision and dedication.

Greater Victoria Victim Services was registered as a non-profit society in the province of British Columbia on December 7, 1984, with representation from each RCMP and municipal police agency in the region.

In 1990 the Ministry of Attorney General and Solicitor General (the current Ministry of Justice) engaged Greater Victoria Victim Services in a contract to provide victim services in the capital region, with matching funds from the Capital Regional District.

Originally named Greater Victoria Victim Services, the organization changed its name to Greater Victoria Police Victim Services Society in 2001.

In 2004 the Military Police Unit Esquimalt became a partner, with representation on the board of directors.


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