Police And Court Education and Support Program (PACES)
Helping You Navigate the Legal System
The Police And Court Education and Support (PACES) Program provides specialized information, education, and support to past or recent survivors of sexual assault and their families. PACES exists specifically to support and advocate for survivors as they navigate the legal system.
For many survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault, choosing to engage in the criminal or civil legal systems is a difficult and overwhelming decision. It is full of language and lengthy processes that you may not be familiar with. Whether you are thinking about reporting an assault or are already involved in reporting to the police, it can be an overwhelming experience in which support is available.
A Sexual Assault Worker who is trained in sexual assault trauma and is experienced in the justice system can help address your concerns and assist with a variety of issues including:
- Answering questions about your options in reporting the assault.
- Going with you to the police and crown prosecutor.
- Answering questions about police and court processes – what to expect.
- Discussing your concerns about going to court.
- Going with you to court and offering support.
- Assistance writing a Victim Impact Statement.
- Assistance filling out Victim Compensation forms.
- Providing post court follow up.
- Making appropriate referrals.
The credibility of the PACES Program has become such that the Crown’s office has been working together with the PACES staff so to better support their own work and involvement with sexual violence survivors. The Public Assistance Unit staff has also acted as strong referral source for the PACES program, and routinely contact PACES staff to ensure court preparation and support is provided for survivors and their families.
If you have questions about legal options, processes related to a recent or past sexual assault and this program please call 403-237-5888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.