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    Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIPP)

    The Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIPP) provides a diverse array of victim support services in connection with violence.  Services are offered to both males and females of all age groups.

    Supportive CounsellingServices include:

    • Medical assessment and treatment
    • Forensic documentation and photography
    • Safety planning and risk assessment
    • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) assessment and treatment
    • Community liaison
    • Pregnancy testing
    • Professional case consultation and review
    • Public education, advocacy and training
    • Court testimony
    • Client centered individual/group counselling

    Members of the VIPP team are specially-trained Registered Nurses (RN) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPN), Social Workers and social service providers who assist with the needs of victims of violence.

    We respond to male and female victims of domestic violence, acute sexual assault, and pediatric physical and sexual abuse/assault at our programs based out of Health Sciences North.

    Click here for a list of community resources.

    Contact Information

    Health Sciences North
    41 Ramsey Lake Road
    Sudbury, ON   P3E 5J1
    South Tower, Level 1

    Telephone: 705-675-4743
    Fax: 705-675-4781
    dvsatprogram@hsnsudbury.ca

    Hours of Operation
    Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    How to Access Services

    No referrals necessary!

    If you have experienced violence and require services, you may present at the Health Sciences North (HSN) Emergency Department triage and ask to have the VIPP Nurse On-Call paged.

    The VIPP nurse will respond within 30-45 minutes to meet with you to discuss your treatment and forensic options.  Assessment is confidential.

    If you are seeking Counselling Services, please call the program directly for information.

    For urgent medical consultations, or if you are a referring agency, please call 705-523-7100 and ask Switchboard to page the VIPP Nurse On-Call.

    Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence, also referred to as “intimate partner abuse”, is a crime in Canada.  It does not always involve physical violence, and can include other forms of maltreatment such as constant threatening, psychological/emotional, financial/material, spiritual and verbal abuse.  It can also include sexual assault.

    It is primarily committed by men against women, but can also be committed by women against men, or in same-sex relationships.  Domestic violence transcends all boundaries and stereotypes.  It is found at all income and education levels, in all social classes, religions, races and cultures.

    Domestic abuse results from an imbalance of power and control in a relationship.  For more information, please go to http://www.satcontario.com/en/about_sa_violence-domestic.php.

    Domestic Violence Services We Provide

    Medical
    • Health assessment
    • Physical examination/injury assessment
    • Health teaching
    • Consultation/referral to Emergency Department physician for injury assessment/investigation
    • Community resource referrals
    • Safety assessment and planning
    Forensic
    • Forensic documentation
    • Forensic photography
    • Forensic evidence collection
    • Assist with Police reporting (if client wishes)
    Support/Referrals
    • Immediate crisis support and referrals to community agencies, as required
    • Assist with criminal injuries compensation applications

    Sexual Assault

    Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual activity that is forced upon a person without that person’s consent.  Sexual assault is a crime.  Sexual assault can range from unwanted sexual touching to forced intercourse.  A sexual assault may include the use of physical force, threats or intimidation.

    While most sexual assaults are perpetrated against women, both women and men can be sexually assaulted.

    Sexual assault goes beyond all boundaries and stereotypes.  It is found at all income and education levels, in all social classes, religions, races and cultures.

    For more information, please go to http://www.satcontario.com/en/about_sa_violence-adult.php.

    Sexual Assault Services We Provide

    Medical 
    • Health assessment and teaching
    • Physical examination/injury assessment
    • Consultation/referral to Emergency Department physician for injury assessment/investigation
    • Laboratory testing for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV
    • Medications for pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV
    • Community resource referrals
    • Safety planning/risk assessment
     Forensic
    • Forensic documentation of assault
    • Forensic photography of assault injuries
    • Forensic evidence collection (Sexual Assault Evidence Kit)
    • Assist with Police reporting (if client wishes)
    Support/Referrals
    • Immediate crisis support and referrals to community agencies, as required
    • Assist with criminal injuries compensation applications
    Counselling
    • Client-focused trauma counselling
    PARE (Pediatric Abuse Referral and Evaluation)
     A specialized medical clinic for children 16 years of age or younger who have experienced sexual assault or physical abuse.  Services include:
    • Medical/forensic assessment and treatment
    • Counselling
    • Referrals to Children’s Aid Society (CAS)
    • Consultation

    Voices for Women - Sudbury Sexual Assault Centre

    Voices for Women is a free community-based program that provides services to women 16 years of age and older experiencing trauma from historical sexual violence.

    If you are a woman who has experienced violence in the past and is looking for services, you may contact VOICES directly to set up an intake.  VOICES is a women safe space.

    We aim to assist women along their healing journeys by providing:

    • Crisis support
    • Group and individual counselling
    • Psycho-educational workshops
    • Safety planning
    • Assistance with resource applications/documentation
    • Public awareness education, training and advocacy
    • Court support
    • Resource library
    • Social connection

    Contact Information
    96 Larch Street
    Suite 305
    Sudbury, ON   P3E 1C1

    Telephone: 705-671-5495
    Fax: 705-674-8008
    VFW@hsnsudbury.ca

    Hours of Operation
    Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For more information go to www.voicesforwomen.ca