Leduc Victim Services Unit Struggles Under COVID

Officials with the unit laid out some of the issues it faces during an annual briefing before city council.

It's been a challenging year for most organizations due to issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Leduc City Council found out Monday night, the Leduc and District Victim's Services Unit is one of those struggling organizations.

"Much like every other organization, that loss of the in-person community engagement.  Victim's Services sure misses being able to be out in the community," said Executive Director Stephanie Ricci.  "It's an opportunity to create awareness about who we are and what we do."

What the unit does is provide victim's services to a wide range of clients in Leduc, Devon, Beaumont and Breton.  But Ricci told city council it has been a challenge to deliver those services in the midst of the pandemic.

"We've had an increase in domestic violence and our mental health clients," she added.  "We have some months where we see an increase in domestic violence.  The next month it might be the number of sexual assaults.  Sudden deaths might be up.  It's kind of a rollercoaster ride."


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