To all who come here… Believe.
Today is my birthday…this appointment is my gift to myself.
The more I face my fears the more free I become. I know one day I will be through this.
Gradually you feel whole again. One day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
I have found an inner strength I never know I had. I can survive this – you can too.
It is never your fault. Don’t let someone else define your life.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Court Preparation and Support
For many clients, preparing to go to court is an important part of their healing process. Though the actual outcome of the case is well beyond the scope of CASASC, actively being involved in the court process is a way for clients to hold the accused accountable.
Counselors will review specific resources with the client, including the Victims of Crime protocol and will provide ongoing support in regards to reporting the assault to the RCMP, where to go and what to expect. Once charges have been laid CASASC will help clients complete all court forms including the writing of a Victim’s Impact Statement and a Financial Benefit Application. There are also age appropriate materials that are provided in cases involving children and youth.
CASASC recognizes that the being involved in the court process can be a very stressful time. To help deal with the stress counselors will teach clients a variety of stress relief techniques that are helpful for keeping anxiety under control
Court Preparation will include opportunities to become familiar with court processes and the physical layout of Alberta courtrooms. Knowledgeable staff will accompany clients to meetings with the Crown Prosecutor and will liaise with the RCMP. This collaborative process helps to ensure that a client has a positive court experience.