The Victim Quick Response Program is administered by Victim Service providers in the province of Ontario and established by the Ministry of the Attorney General to provide timely assistance to victims of the most violent crimes.
VQRP offers immediate assistance to provide limited financial support to victims of violent crimes that include homicide or attempted homicide, criminal harassment, child abuse, serious physical assault, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and hate crimes.
VQRP will provide financial assistance for:
- Short-term immediate counselling services;
- Funding for Funeral expenses for victims of homicide;
- Crime scene clean-up for homicides or attempted homicides;
- Emergency home repairs to secure the premises for the immediate safety of victims (ex. lock changes or broken doors replaced);
- Transportation costs for the most economical and practical means of travel to support a victim who has suffered emotional and/or physical harm as a result of violent crime or, for a family member to identify a victim of homicide
- Emergency child care and dependent care for elderly or special needs dependents to support a victim who has suffered emotional and/or physical harm as a result of violent crime or, to enable a family member to identify a victim of homicide;
- Emergency accommodation and meals where there are no secure housing options available.
- Specialized funding available for Human Trafficking victims
Eligible applicants may be referred to a Victim Service provider by a police service after a crime has been reported or, in the case of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault by the community agency providing support services to victims and to which the crime was reported. Eligible applicants may also contact the Victim Service provider directly.