Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP)
The Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division (VVPD) of the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) has established the Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP or the Program) to provide timely assistance to eligible victims of the most violent crime. The Program’s objectives are to:
- Provide short-term assistance to victims in the immediate aftermath of violent crime;
- Lessen the impact of violent crime through immediate support services to victims of violent crime; and
- Increase the immediate safety of victims of violent crime and help to prevent re- victimization.
Program Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Criminal Code Offences
The Program contributes financial assistance to victims who have suffered physical or emotional harm as a result of the violent crimes listed below, as well as property offences that compromise victim safety in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crime:
- Attempt murder;
- Serious assault (assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, aggravated assault, kidnapping/abduction, forcible confinement);
- Domestic violence;
- Sexual assault;
- Human trafficking;
- Hate crimes.
- The applicant must be a victim of an eligible Criminal Code offence, either as the direct
- victim or an immediate family member of the direct victim.
- *** Note *** – Persons other than direct victims or immediate family members may apply under special circumstances.
- The victim must reside in Ontario;
- The crime must have occurred in Ontario;
- In homicide, attempt murder and serious assault cases, the crime must have been reported to a police service in Ontario and the police service must have completed an Incident Report;
- In domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crime and human trafficking cases only, the crime may alternatively be reported to a domestic violence shelter, sexual assault centre, hospital or other community agency providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, hate crime and/or human trafficking crimes in Ontario;
- There is an immediate need for emergency expenses, counselling and/or funeral expense funding that is directly attributable to the impact of the crime;
- All criteria relating to the definition of Last Resort have been met (see definitions section). The victim has completed and signed the declaration and consent in the Referral Form.
- The victim has not previously received funding from the Program for the same service arising out of the same criminal occurrence;
- The Program funds are spent in Ontario;
- The victim has not been charged in the reported occurrence (or the charges have since been withdrawn) or, in the case of a homicide, the deceased victim was not committing a Criminal Code offence at the time of death; and
- Program applications relating to emergency expenses and funeral expenses must be submitted no later than 45 calendar days after the date of the crime. Program applications relating to counselling services and related transportation costs must be submitted no later than 90 calendar days after the date of the crime.
As the Program is one of last resort, it is not available where there is insurance coverage. In addition, the Program will not contribute to any insurance deductible.
Who May Apply
A direct victim or immediate family member may apply personally.
The following individuals may also apply on behalf of a victim:
- The parent or custodial guardian of a victim who is under 16 years of age; or
- A person authorized to act on behalf of a victim.
- Emergency Home Safety Expenses
- Cellular Phones
- Emergency Transportation Costs
- Emergency Child Care and Dependent Care for Elderly or Special Needs Dependents
- Emergency Accommodation, Meals and Personal Care Items
- Emergency Vision Care
- Crime Scene Cleanup
Counselling Services Expenses
Access to Counselling Services
- Transportation Expenses for Victims Living in Rural/Remote Areas
- Expenses for Victims with Disabilities