Muskoka Victims Service See 54% Jump In Calls For Service

Posted: 2019-09-19 10:01:15 By: hbr

Muskoka Victim Services has seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients they’re helping on an annual basis.

That was the message this week from Eva Zachary of Muskoka Victim Services when she addressed the Bracebridge General Committee meeting.

Zachary was there to provide an update on the organization's role and recent work in the community. She explained to councillors that the role of the group is to offer immediate crisis intervention for victims of crime and tragic circumstance. They’ve filled that role MVS for the past 20 years that they’ve been operating in the community.

Not a crisis intervention service, Zachary said MVS operates 24/7 offering short term service while connecting users with long term support.

Clients are dealing with everything from fires and floods to homicides and violent crimes, said Zachary.

MVS saw an increase in service of 54 per cent during the last fiscal year. However, Zachary said core funding for the group from the Ministry of the Attorney General hasn’t moved in the past four years. As such, Zachary said MVS is leaning increasingly harder on donations and grants from organizations like area municipalities.