The Language Interpreter Services (LIS) program supports the delivery of spoken and sign language interpreter services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence, including human trafficking, who do not speak English or French or who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
The objective of the program is to enable victims of violence to access the broader service system including: social, healthcare and legal services (e.g. the Domestic Violence Court (DVC) Program, which includes police, Victim/Witness Assistance Program (V/WAP) staff, Crown Attorneys, and Probation and Parole staff). The LIS program provides a critical link through which vulnerable clients with language barriers may access a range of services and supports available to them in the broader community.
The LIS program is delivered by a province-wide network of community-based not-for-profit agencies that provide trained interpreters to assist service providers from various sectors, including police, shelters, hospitals, domestic violence courts and community legal clinics to communicate with, and facilitate access to services for eligible clients who are victims of violence.