The umbrella organization, the BC Bereavement Helpline, has provided support, education, resources, and advocacy for the bereaved, their caregivers, and professionals since its inception in 1986. Read more.
BC Victims of Homicide (BCVOH) is an initiative of the BC Bereavement Helpline (BCBH) and is dedicated to supporting individuals who are living with the loss of a loved one to homicide. Losing a loved one to homicide, whether it is a child, a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a close friend, a co-worker, or an acquaintance is an extremely difficult experience for anyone to endure. This program carefully considers these sensitivities and continues to fulfill existing gaps in services.
July 21st, 2015 | What Happens When a Homicide Occurs? A Dialogue
On April 25th, BC Victims of Homicide, in partnership with Valley View Funeral Home, Police Victim Services, and the Ministry of Justice, held a forum during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. The goal was to promote a dialogue between those who have lost a loved one to homicide and the professionals and service providers who are involved when a homicide occurs. Videos from this event are now available on our media page.
May 29th, 2015 | Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge
We are participating in the Scotiabank Group Charity again this year in order to raise money for the BC Victims of Homicide Initiative. BCVOH provides support groups for those who have been bereaved by homicide as well as training sessions for professionals who work with those bereaved by homicide. For more information, or to join or donate, see the Charity Challenge page.
April 29th, 2015 | Bereavement Day
On Sunday, May 17th, the BC Bereavement Helpline will be observing Bereavement Day in BC with a service at Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver. The service is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, click here.
December 3rd, 2014 | Resource Directory Update
Our Canada-wide resource directory, which lists all known organizations or programs in Canada that support those who have been bereaved by homicide, has been updated. See the full directory at our support materials page.
If you know of an organization that supports survivors and should be added to our directory, please contact us.
November 3rd, 2014 | Take a Different Approach to Resolving Conflict
Simon Fraser University’s online Restorative Justice Certificate helps justice workers, educators and community advocates build safer, healthier environments through a non-punitive approach to harmful behaviour. Studying with a diverse group of other professionals, you’ll learn to take victims, offenders and communities through a process of reparation and transformation using practices such as conferencing, circles and mediation. Please visit the SFU website for more information.