Resources

Victims Info
If you are a victim of crime, or saw a crime happen, this website will show you what will happen before, during and after you go to court. Most of the website’s content is in English. Some information, including links to organizations that can help you, is in French, Spanish, Punjabi, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

VictimLINK
VictimLINK is a toll-free, confidential telephone service (1-800-563-0808) that provides immediate crisis support for victims of family and sexual violence. The service is available in 110 languages. It also provides help for all victims of crime.

The Arrest Handbook
This publication explains what you can expect from the police if you are arrested, and how you can respond if you feel the police do not act properly. Also available in Arabic and Spanish.

Dial-A-Law Criminal Law Scripts
The BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association has prepared a number of helpful audio and text scripts – most are available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. To listen to a script on the telephone, call 604-687-3221 (Vancouver) or toll free in BC: 1-800-663-1919. The website provides text versions of the scripts as well as print friendly versions.

Representing Yourself in a Criminal Trial
This booklet explains what can happen when you plead not guilty to a summary offence. It does not try to cover every trial situation, but provides helpful information if you are representing yourself in Provincial Court. The first part of the handbook provides information about court processes before your trial. The second part explains what will happen at your trial.

What To Do If You Are Charged with Assault
This guide describes what normally happens if you are charged with assault. It describes what assault is, what the prosecutor most prove in court, how you can defend yourself, and the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty. Available in English and French.

What To Do If You Are Charged with a Drinking and Driving Offence
This guide describes what normally happens when you are charged with drinking and driving. It covers what the prosecutor most prove in court, how you can defend yourself, and the sentence you could get if the judge finds you guilty.

For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Restraining Orders
This booklet contains information for women in relationships who need protection from violence or the threat of violence. Also available in Chinese (Simplified) and Punjabi.

Court Codes
This document contains codes and abbreviations used in criminal court forms and applications.

Your Voice in Criminal Court
Your Voice in Criminal Court is a video that helps introduce adult witnesses to Provincial Court by offering general discussion points on a variety of court-related topics. Victim service workers, Crown lawyers and other professionals are also encouraged to use this video to support adult victims and witnesses through the criminal court process.

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When I'm 64: Benefits for Older Adults
This booklet explains what financial help older adults in BC can get from government sources. It covers Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan, employment insurance, and welfare benefits for older adults. Part of a two-part series together with When I’m 64: Services for Older Adults. More details
Legal Information for Indigenous People
This booklet provides basic & accessible legal information for Indigenous people facing legal issues, incl. the justice systems, children & families, rights & protections, death & taxes, income security, and class actions. It explains how the laws can vary for people based on their Indigeneity. More details
Alternative Measures
This resource from the Government of BC explains who can be considered for alternative measures and what they include. More details
Settlement Information for Newcomers: Useful Immigrant Settlement Guides and Websites
This resource from NewToBC has over 45 guides, videos and websites related to settlement. More details
Find Free Newcomer Services Near You
This resource from the Government of Canada has services for daily life, employment, preparing for the citizenship test and more. More details
Justice Education Society Citizenship and Immigration Canada Welcome BC City of Vancouver