Anti-Oppressive Equity Statement
Victim Services Toronto is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, inclusion and human rights, based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We know that diversity underpins excellence, and that we all share responsibility for creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive community.
In pursuit of our values, we provide crisis response, intervention and prevention services which are responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities. We do this through various means, including but not limited to: advocacy, accessing supports, navigating services, case coordination, community connections, education, and youth empowerment. We are a non-partisan organization that supports communities and individuals affected by crime and sudden tragedies. We aim to reduce barriers to access a range of services and help victims get connected to the community so that they are able to overcome adversity.
Victim Services Toronto aims to create a positive space where everyone can participate meaningfully regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship status, religion, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or ability. We recognize that many of these identities intersect and that therefore, equity, diversity and inclusion can be complex. We value the contributions that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring full and equal participation for all in our community.
We believe in engaging, challenging, and addressing biased or discriminatory behaviours, attitudes and comments. We acknowledge our social location in the systems that create oppression, and going forward we are committed to challenging and dismantling institutional oppression.
At Victim Services Toronto, privacy and confidentiality are highly respected. We are a separate organization to the police and do not share any information without knowledge or consent. We are here to provide assistance and help support with any decision clients may wish to take.