Sexual Assault Response ProgramCounselling, coping skills and support for females and non-binary individuals who have experienced a sexual assault
Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP)
The Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP) provides support for individuals identifying as female or non-binary who have experienced a recent sexual assault.
Individuals can receive emotional support, justice-related information and referrals to counselling and other resources. Up to 20 weekly sessions of trauma counselling and coping skills are available through the Montrose Trauma and Wellness Counselling program at Archway.
This program focuses on services for individuals who have experienced a sexual assault outside the context of a long-term, intimate relationship.
For counselling specific to intimate partner violence or childhood sexual abuse, please contact our Stop the Violence Program.
SARP provides information, support, and education on reporting options on sexual assaults cases. Support workers provide ongoing updates on the reported cases and relevant information about the court process to reduce the anxiety that clients may feel.
Clients are given information about the legal process using relevant written material, visits with Crown Counsel, court tours and court accompaniment to preliminary hearings and trials.
We provide assistance with Crime Victim Assistance applications and Victim Impact Statements. We also refer clients to Victim Safety Unit, and various community agencies.
Third-Party Reporting (TPR) is an option in which a victim (19 or older) may anonymously report to the police through this program. TPR connects survivors to supports and gives survivors time to decide if and when they are ready to engage in the Criminal Justice system.
Education & Information
We respond to all inquiries for public awareness and education in the local community on sexual assault and related services.
Who We Help:
- Those identifying as female or non-binary
- Residing in Abbotsford or Mission
- Age 16 or older
- Have experienced a recent sexual assault
- Please note that counselling sessions are intended to offer emotional support and coping skills. Counsellors cannot offer a professional opinion for diagnostic or court purposes.
How to Access SARP
- You can be referred by a Sexual Assault Response Support Worker, a community referral or refer yourself.
- When contacting us, you do not need to give specifics. You can confirm you meet the eligibility criteria and then we will contact you to begin the intake process.
If you need immediate support, please contact the Fraser Health Crisis Line at 1.877.820.7444
Archway Community Services
2420 Montrose Avenue
Abbotsford, BC V2S 3S9
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