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Victim Services of
Waterloo Region

Providing financial assistance to victims of violent crimes

Victim Quick Response Program

The Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) has been established by the Ministry of the Attorney General to provide timely assistance to victims of violent crimes. VQRP aims to support direct victims, witnesses, and immediate family members of victims by providing financial assistance with essential expenses in order to:

  • Lessen the impact of crime
  • Enhance safety
  • Meet practical needs

Funding is available for:

  • Short-term immediate counselling services
  • Emergency home safety expenses to secure premises for the immediate safety of victims
  • Emergency accommodations and meals where there are no secure housing options available
  • Crime scene cleanup
  • Emergency transportation to access safe accommodation, for immediate medical needs, or for a family member to identify the victim of a homicide
  • Funeral expenses for victims of homicide

Who is eligible?

Program funding is available to:

  • A direct victim, witness, or family member of a violent crime
  • The crime must have occurred in Ontario
  • This recipient must live in the province of Ontario
  • Meet all other requirements set out by the Ministry of the Attorney General

All eligible expenses are paid by Victim Services of Waterloo Region directly to service providers. For all program inquiries, please contact Victim Services of Waterloo Region or follow the link: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/vqrp.php