How can trauma-informed legal services help me?

Slater Vecchio LLP is a civil litigation firm that offers legal services to survivors of sexual and physical abuse, including online abuse. Legal services can help survivors of abuse hold those responsible accountable and claim financial compensation for the harm suffered. Often, filing a lawsuit leads to other survivors coming forward to tell their stories, corroborate abusive systemic practices and bring those responsible to account. 

We acknowledge how difficult it can be to recount experiences of abuse. Slater Vecchio’s trauma-informed legal services provide guidance and information about the legal process and your legal options in a compassionate, non-judgmental, and understanding manner. If you are considering your legal options, our knowledgeable and dedicated trauma-informed legal team is here to help you. 

We encourage and support proceeding at your own pace with the involvement of available resources to minimize any additional negative impact. 

We're here for you.

Jaime Sarophim

James Richards

Hannah Siegmund

Nicole Kelly

James Buckley

We're here for you.

Jaime Sarophim

James Richards

Hannah Siegmund

Nicole Kelly

James Buckley

Our client-centered approach

Our clients come first. Hearing your story and understanding your goals and needs is an important part of helping you. It isn’t easy to come forward and to share your story. We aim to create a safe and supportive space for you when you are ready to do so. This doesn’t all have to happen in one day. It’s often a process that happens over time at your own pace.

Our client-centered individual approach includes: 

  • Confidential discussions that aren’t shared without your consent*; 
  • Transparency about our role, the process and potential outcomes; 
  • Client control over decision making; 
  • Follow through on the commitments we make to you; 
  • Support and connection with resources if needed throughout the process; and 
  • Patience and understanding that connections and trust take time  and that relationships may go through ebbs and flows. 

We’re here to help now or whenever you’re ready. 

How much time do I have to file a legal claim?

There is NO TIME LIMIT for you to take legal action for sexual misconduct, assault, and abuse.

Whether there has already been a criminal case or not, you can start your civil legal claim against those responsible – You decide when to take the next step, at your own pace.

If you experienced sexual abuse at any age or physical abuse when under the age of 19, you can bring a civil claim at any time. Claims for physical and psychological abuse that occurred in adulthood and are of a non-sexual nature typically are time-limited. Usually, you have up to 2 years to file a claim for damages, but in some cases, shorter limitations may apply.

What resources can I access?

If you are in need of services, the following list includes some examples of the types of organizations and resources that might be applicable to your situation.

Kids Help Phone Logo

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information, and text-based support to young people across Canada.

Battered Women's Support Services Logo

The Battered Women’s Support Services is a feminist voice against violence and oppression. They are a strong, dynamic organization that provides support and advocacy for women who have experienced abuse. In addition, they provide community education and training about violence against women.

Ending Violence Association of Canada Logo

The Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN) is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to educate and respond to gender-based violence.

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime

The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) provides support, research, and education to survivors of serious crimes in Canada. They offer assistance and advocacy to all, regardless of the status of a legal case. The CRCVC believes in victim empowerment, to help them regain control of their lives.

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Canada's national tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. Operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P)

Men's Therapy Centre Logo

The Men’s Therapy Centre provides support and counselling services to masculine-identified persons and their family members.

Native Women's Association of Canada Logo

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the voice and needs of Indigenous women and girls in Canada. They are inclusive of all First Nations, including on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit.

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society Logo

Tsow-Tun Le Lum, meaning “Helping House”, is a society that provides services for Indigenous survivors, families and communities. They provide community outreach programs and services as well as supplying services to help survivors of trauma and residential schools.

Victim Justice Network Revised Logo

The goal of the Victim Justice Network is to promote access to justice information, innovation and resources through an online network for victims of crime.

Lukas House Society

The Lukas' House Society is a not-for-profit organization that was created in the memory of Lukas Goguen. The organization was created with the goal of raising awareness about opioids and educating individuals about harm reduction. Their goal is to help eliminate the stigma around mental health and substance abuse.

WAVAW Logo

The WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre provides support services to survivors of sexual assault and other sexualized violence. They advocate for change, both societally and systemically. through activism, education, and outreach. They work to build a better future for survivors by offering support systems and advocating for a greater understanding of the causes of violence.

Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services revised Logo

The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services provides leadership, coordination and collaboration of sexual assault services in Alberta.

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre is a non-profit organization helping individuals located in the central Alberta region. They specialize in healing sexual trauma and provide support so you can freely discuss any hardships.

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton Logo

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton helps individuals impacted by sexual violence and helps to uphold a culture of consent. They are there for all people who have experienced sexual assault.

Indian Residential School Survivors Society Logo

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a BC organization providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.

Ending Violence BC Revised Logo

The Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) works to coordinate and support the work of victim-serving and other anti-violence programs in British Columbia.

Crisis Centre BC Logo

The Crisis Centre of BC is dedicated to providing help and hope to individuals, organizations, and communities dealing with issues related to crisis support, suicide prevention, and postvention.

Children of the Street Logo

The Children of the Street is dedicated to preventing the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth in British Columbia. They engage in education strategies, public awareness initiatives, and family support to help protect children and youth.

BCSMSSA Revised Logo

The British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA) is a non-profit society established to provide services for males who have been sexually abused. They provided treatment and support services, develop educational material, assist with government agencies, and ensure clear communication and consultation with the community.

Metis Counselling Connection Program Logo

Métis Nation BC represented nearly 90,000 Metis individuals in British Columbia. Their goal is to develop and enhance opportunity for Métis individuals and communities by providing relevant social and economic programs.

Phoenix Society Logos

Phoenix Society is a BC not-for-profit society helping individuals with addiction, employment, education and transitional housing. They are dedicated to innovation and initiatives that help individuals exit the cycle of addiction and homelessness.

Surrey Women's Centre Revised Logo

The Surrey Women's Centre helps provide women and children with a safe place, emergency food and clothing, to help rebuild lives.

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society Logo

The Friendship Centre provides programs in health, welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation and equality for all genders of aboriginal people of all age groups.

Metis Community Services Society of BC Logo

MCSBC is a non-profit Society that is empowered by Metis citizens in BC to provide holistic services that ensure the health and well-being of the Metis community.

VRRWS Logo

Provides support to women who have experienced male violence including wife battering, incest, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and prostitution.

Archway Community Services Logo

Offers free counselling and services for youth and children who have been affected by sexual abuse.

BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre Logo

Provides free and confidential care to those who have been recently sexually assaulted. On-call examiners are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Family Services North Shore Logo

A sexual assault response program available to residents of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Lions Bay, and Bowen Island. Provides free support hotline and other services.

Government of BC Logo

Multilingual support line offered through phone, email, or text. They can connect you to their network of social, health, and governmental resources 24 hours a day.

Fraser Health Logo

Embrace Clinic is the outpatient clinic of Fraser Health’s Forensic Nursing Service. They provide short-term trauma-informed medical care and limited forensic care for survivors of recent violence.

UBC SASC Logo

The AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) is committed to the survivors of sexualized violence. They serve UBC students, staff, faculty, and those with a connection to the UBC campus.

Klinic Community Health Logo

This hotline is available to anyone ages 16 and up who has experienced sexual assault. They offer support and numerous other services related to trauma recovery, victim services, and family therapy, to those that need it.

Survivor's Hope Crisis Centre Logo

Survivor’s Hope offers Sexual Assault Recovery and Health to all individuals 15 and older who have been affected by sexual assault. They provide emotional support, information, referrals and support services to those in need.

Sexual Violence New Brunswick

Sexual Violence New Brunswick is the only sexual assault centre in New Brunswick. They work with the provincial government and communities to enhance and establish sexual assault services.

Chimo Helpline Logo

Chimo Helpline is a 24/7/365 provincial crisis phone line available to all living in New Brunswick. They provide crisis intervention, referrals and any helpful information in a caring and confidential manner.

NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre Logo

NL Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre provides 24-hour support and resources for any individuals affected by sexual violence. They are a non-profit, charitable organization that supports individuals of all genders.

Thrive helps vulnerable individuals achieve their full potential and enhances the capacity of social serving agencies. They work in part with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Community Youth Networks.

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre Logo

The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is an organization working towards eliminating sexual violence and helping to change the current societal culture that leads to sexism and this type of violence.

Men's Helpline Logo

Provided by the Family Service of Eastern Nova Scotia, the Men’s Helpline is a free, confidential service for men who have concerns regarding their safety and wellbeing.

Assuaulted Women's Helpline Logo

The Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides a safe space to support, listen and guide women who have experienced any type of abuse anywhere in Ontario.

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The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres provides listings of centres all across Ontario. These listed centres provide free counselling and provide information about sexual violence.

Canadian-Mental-Health-Association-Logo

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides numerous different support resources to those struggling with any mental health issues.

The-Island-Helpline-Logo

The Island Helpline provides emotional support and crisis intervention to individuals of all ages. They provide free and confidential services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre Logo

The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre provides free and confidential counselling services to all individuals who have experienced recent or historical sexual abuse.

Centre Pour Les Victimes D'Agression Sexuelle De Montreal Logo

The Montreal Sexual Assault Centre offers free bilingual services to anyone that has been victimized by sexual violence. They additionally provide medical, legal, and clinical support services to all victims and their loved ones.

Crime Victims Assistance Centre Logo

The Crime Victims Assistance Centre provides help to victims, close relatives of victims, and witnesses of crimes. They provide free and confidential services regardless of the type of crime, when it occurred, and if any charges were filed.

The Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan is a non-profit organization that works to provide support and advocacy for those affected by sexual violence in Saskatchewan. They work along with agencies, community partners, and governments to help those in need.

Mobile Crisis Services Regina Logo

Mobile Crisis Services in Saskatchewan offer support to individuals facing a wide range of problems. These include a crisis hotline, walk-in support, a crisis suicide helpline, and a child abuse helpline.

Can my identity remain confidential?

Understandably, some survivors are apprehensive about participating in a lawsuit due to the possibility of public exposure. This is a valid concern and unfortunately may be a barrier to accessing the justice system. If this is the case for you, please know that there are options to safeguard your identity. We want to be the ally for those who need to right a wrong.

What are my next steps?

When you are ready, Slater Vecchio is here to help. Please contact us in any manner that is comfortable for you: virtually by phone or video chat, email, anonymous tip line, or meet us in our offices. We are a call away and are ready to help.

We're listening.

We will use your personal information in accordance with our privacy policy. Contacting us does not create a solicitor-client relationship.

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