Survivor courage acknowledged

Human trafficking (Photo courtesy of Sarnia-Lambton Crime Stoppers)

Victims and survivors of crime week is underway. It started on Sunday and recognizes the courage of survivors.

Chatham-Kent Victim Services (CKVS) said understanding that the process of healing is unique to each person who connects with us is important. Executive Director of Chatham-Kent Victim Services Kate do Forno said the local chapter assists victims of crime and tragedy and its “collaborative, community-focused approach” empowers survivors through education and advocacy. Do Forno added CKVS focuses on a model that supports compassion, respect, dignity and privacy.

“Community members come to us in the most challenging moments of their lives, [and] we work hard to support them and help them through tremendous moments of tragedy,” said do Forno. “We do so by encouraging them to make the right steps in the right moment, for them.”

Do Forno said Chatham-Kent Victim Services supports community members throughout the municipality through the dedication of “an exceptional team of staff and volunteers.” She added without the volunteers, 24-hour service, seven days a week would not be possible. A new training class is being scheduled for February 2021 and CKVS welcomes all interested community members to apply online.

“We are always looking for caring community members who want to help others in these moments,” said Jenny McGregor, Volunteer Coordinator.

Visit if you are interested in learning more or wish to fill out an application form to become a volunteer.