North Simcoe Victim Services
Crisis Response, Caring Support
Providing caring and timely responses to those in crisis.
We’re here to provide you with the support and resources you need. If you need immediate help, contact the OPP non-emergent helpline.
We Need Volunteers!
Find out how to help and make a real difference in people’s lives. We are always looking for volunteers. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more information.
The North Simcoe Victims Services team is here for you 24/7, seven days a week
Strategic Priorities & Objectives for 2023
Providing caring and timely response to those in crisis.
Reducing the impact of crime and tragic circumstance.
The Board of North Simcoe Victim Services Working has been working together with First Responders, Volunteers, and Community Partners the has identified the following 3 Strategic Priorities:
Strategic Priority #1
Strengthen relationships with community partners, first responders and volunteers
Strengthen partnerships and understanding of NSVS through increased communication with first responders, community partners and volunteers.
Strategic Priority #2
Stewardship of Resources
Optimize human, financial and physical resources
Ensure the human, financial and physical resources available to NSVS are leveraged to their maximum possible potential
Strategic Priority #3
Quality Service Delivery
Provide targeted service support aligned with our clients needs.
We will provide each client with the highest quality service and support tailored to their unique individual needs enabling them to achieve the best possible outcome after their traumatic experience
20 Years of Service to the North Simcoe Community
Our latest newsletter
Winter Newsletter 2022
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Meet Kim Hewitt, Executive Director
Kim Kneeshaw joined North Simcoe Victim Services (NSVS) as a volunteer in 1999 after graduating from the inaugural volunteer training program. Her leadership role with NSVS began when, as a volunteer, she offered to take on the task of scheduling volunteers to ensure all shifts were covered 24/7. This led to her being hired as the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator, a position she held until she was the successful candidate in the competition for Executive Director in 2019.
“I am honoured to be appointed executive director of Victim Services and I look forward to continuing to work with our partners and supporters,” said Kneeshaw. “I am confident that together we will continue to help improve lives by providing the kind of 24/7 services that I know are so essential.”
Growing up on a farm in Oro-Medonte, Kim has always understood responsibility, teamwork and the need to work hard. She studied Business Administration during her post-secondary education, giving her the skills to succeed as manager and bookkeeper for her family’s businesses. Since joining NSVS, Kim has not only completed numerous specialized training courses related to victim services, but has also organized and led workshops for NSVS volunteers.
“Our organization’s strength comes from our outstanding team of crisis response volunteers and the support they receive from our leadership team. Kim not only understands the value of the work done by our volunteers, she has proven to have the leadership skills to help guide NSVS as we continue to grow and serve the needs of our community,” said Board Chair Catherine McCullough.
Outside of work hours, Kim enjoys spending time with her three adult children, her twin grandsons and her fur child Maggie.
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How NSVS Works
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We work closely with the community and partners.
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Victim Quick Response Program
Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) is a program that runs 24/7 to aid individuals in crisis immediately after they have been exposed to a tragic event or crime.
North Simcoe Victim Services (NSVS) provides crisis intervention via this program, on-scene or by telephone. Each person’s reaction to a traumatic incident can be quite personal; however, victims of a tragedy or crime often commonly feel they have lost complete control over everything in their lives.
During the aftermath of a tragedy, individuals often want to talk to someone who understands their immediate needs as it relates to their safety and their different choices. NSVCS’ intervention ensures all victims feel safe, secure, and linked to any support services that can benefit their situation. Referrals to other service agencies that offer ongoing support are offered. To learn more about the VQRP program, including eligibility criteria, click here.
Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario
Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario (VCAO) is a province-wide community response program geared to offer urgent and interim crisis intervention services to those who have fallen victim to a disaster, tragedy, or crime. These programs are offered around the clock, 24/7, and 365 days per year.
North Simcoe Victim Services (NSVS) is one of about 50 agencies within the province to offer VCAO programs funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Province of Ontario). The VCAO teams consist of staff and volunteers within the community who have been trained in crisis intervention to offer practical assistance, emotional support, referrals, and information to victims, either on-scene or via phone.
VCAO programs are driven by dedicated and caring volunteers, working hand-in-hand with police and emergency service personnel. To learn more about VCAO programs, click here.
1 University Avenue, Orillia ON, L3V 0Y7
NSVS is located in the Orillia OPP Detachment.