Victims assistance generates praise

A group dedicated to helping victims of violence, crime and accidents is being lauded by a North Okanagan community

A group dedicated to helping victims of violence, crime and accidents is being lauded by a North Okanagan community.

The City of Armstrong plans to send a letter to the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Victims Assistance commending them on the great job they do with seemingly little resources.

“It’s amazing the amount of work this group does with the few volunteers they have,” said Coun. Paul Britton, chairperson of the city’s community services committee, who was commenting on the fourth quarter activity report submitted to council by victims assistance program manager Anita Eilander.

From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, there were 94 new files involving 85 adults, three seniors, four youth and two children.

The number of new clients generated from family violence was 19.

The current average monthly active caseload is 330.

In the fourth quarter, volunteers put in 541 in-office hours and 2,849 on-call hours.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Victims Assistance has just 12 volunteers, two full-time staff, two part-time and one casual that covers Vernon, Coldstream, Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Enderby, Lumby, Cherryville and Falkland.

“The caseload they seem to deal with in the North Okanagan is absolutely amazing,” said Britton, whose motion to send a letter of congratulations was unanimously endorsed by council.

“They do such an amazing job but just kind of go under the radar.”

 

Eilander’s report showed the highest number of incident types her group dealt with in the fourth quarter were sudden death, domestic violence, assault, threats, criminal other and one house fire.