The detached leaf represents the victim, having been torn from their family tree.
The triangle represents the Command Triangle, a symbol used in investigative policing. It is used to signify the Team Commander, Primary Investigator and File Coordinator – the key members of an investigative team. Since we work closely with police, we wanted to acknowledge and give respect to the hard work that they do.
The healing wheel (the four people surrounding the crest) denotes everyone supporting the family and police investigation. This includes KARE Victim Services Society, the communities and family/friends of the murdered/missing, and anyone else who offers support. We use different colours to represent the many ethnicities and cultures of people who are searching for loved ones or who have lost them to violence. Particularly First Nations communities, who we work with and support frequently.
Why Our Work Matters
We often hear about murdered or missing people. These cases flood our local news outlets and flash on our television screens. But soon, the interest fades and the case grows cold. What happens to the families and loved ones of a murdered or missing person after the media attention goes away?
Many people don’t know that there are many barriers that friends and loved ones face in the days, months, and years after they lose someone they love.
Some of these barriers include:
- Their local Victim Services Unit does not have, or has limited, policies or practices to support them
- Existing support programs in their communities lack the knowledge, training and experience to provide consistent, appropriate assistance to families of missing and murdered persons
- They are geographically isolated from support programs
- Those who are providing support to victims do not have the expertise level to provide a well-rounded, multi-dimensional approach to healing
- Lack of financial means to access psychological support in order to address trauma, depression, PTSD and other lasting mental conditions
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