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  1. Fleeing Abuse

    [Visions Article]

    More than 15,500 women in BC received emergency shelter and support when they left an abusive relationship in 2003/2004. 1 Recent research found that only 16% of women leaving an abusive relationship accessed transition houses or emergency shelters. 2 ...

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  2. Police (and others) Facing Adolescence

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    Historically, the police perspective has been focused on law enforcement: containment through the use of authority and physical force as the primary objective, with arrest and criminal charges following. Things have changed. ...

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  3. Police Victim Services

    [Visions Article]

    Police Victim Services of British Columbia is a non-profit association that enhances services to victims of crime and trauma by assisting and supporting frontline, police-based victim services programs. Our members include victim services program managers ...

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  4. Psychological Trauma: A Common Problem

    [Visions Article]

    This special issue of Visions on trauma and victimization discusses trauma and its results in a variety of contexts (e.g., sexual abuse, car accidents, the workplace, the military and emergency workers). These articles, however, barely scratch the surface ...

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  5. The Aftermath of Rape

    [Visions Article]

    Women and men, young and old, rich and poor—sexual assault is common and cuts across gender, age, race and socioeconomic status. It is normal and usual to feel a wide variety of emotions after a rape. Survivors may feel very isolated and alone afterwards. ...

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  6. Victimization of People with Mental Illness

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    The criminal court system has provided me with a great deal of experience assisting mental health consumers who are charged with criminal offences. I have also had many clients with mental illness who have suffered violence and discrimination at the hands ...

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  7. VictimLINK

    [Visions Article]

    A VictimLINK staffer was interviewed for this article. She is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist and a Registered Clinical Counsellor, who has volunteered as a victim services worker with the Vancouver Police Department ...

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  8. Violence, Mental Illness and Substance Use

    [Info Sheet]

    Many people fear violence, particularly violence that seems random or unpredictable. We often deal with this fear by avoiding people or situations that we believe might lead to violence. We see mental illness, substance use and violence connected often—in ...

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  9. Visions- Criminal Justice

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    PDF | Vol. 2, No. 8 (2005) This edition explores the intricate relationship between criminal justice and mental illness and addictions. Issues surrounding available treatment for disorders in prisons, stereotypes in the media, criminalization of individua ...

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