Record #: PER1386
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023
Last Full Update: 11 Jan 2023

Description

Description (Service) Provides information and assistance to support participation in and understanding of the criminal court process
  • services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over
  • Information about victims' rights, the criminal justice process and their specific case (e.g., court dates)
  • needs assessment and referrals to community agencies
  • crisis intervention, emotional support, victim advocacy
  • facilitates victim's input and liaises with Crown Attorneys, police, regarding bail, safety, resolution of charges, release conditions, publication bans, testimonial aids, trial preparation and court orientation
  • information and support on Victim Impact Statements, Statement on Restitution
  • facilitates access to court orders, such as bail conditions, probation orders, peace bonds
  • debriefing and follow-up support

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund -- financial and court-based supports to enable victims of crime and families of homicide victims to attend court
  • travel arrangements and expenses
  • language interpretation
  • real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities

Service Details

Public Comments Satellite offices located in Goderich (GBA3256), Walkerton (BRU0174) and Owen Sound (GBA3256) (see separate listings). Please contact Stratford Office (PER1386) for more information on the satellite courts.
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Perth County
Eligibility Services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over to:

  • victims and witnesses of intimate partner abuse/domestic violence, child physical and sexual abuse, sexual assault (including historical sexual assault and human trafficking)
  • families of homicide victims, families of motor vehicle fatalities
  • elderly victims, victims with disabilities, victims of hate crime

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund - eligibility determined on case-by-case basis
Application Referral by police, Crown Attorney, community agency, or self-referral
Languages Other - Access to interpreters can be arranged
Fees None

Address and Location

Located In Community Stratford
Address & Map
5 Huron St
Stratford, ON
Canada N5A 5S4
Intersection Huron St (Hwy 8) and York St

Contact Information

Office Phone 519-271-5221
Toll Free Phone 1-888-915-1400
Crisis Phone 1-888-579-2888
Fax 519-271-8557
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/
Primary Contact Michelle Nezezon, Manager; Phone: 519-524-4085; 1-866-0896; 519-524-8828 (fax); Email: Michelle.nezezon@ontario.ca
Alternate Contact Michelle Nezezon, Manager; Phone: 519-524-4085; 1-866-0896; 519-524-8828 (fax); Email: Michelle.nezezon@ontario.ca
Primary Executive Stephan Olschewski, Manager; Phone: 519-524-7322; Email: stephan.olschewski@ontario.ca
Mailing Address 5 Huron St 
Stratford, ON 
Canada N5A 5S4

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