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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is reviewing the criminal justice system. The government wants to know what Canadians would like to see. This survey is one way for the Department of Justice Canada to hear back from Canadians.

This report was written by Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) 's Research Department in collaboration with the NVSP.  Building on previous research (Gobeil, Barnum, Euchi, 2012), and including both registered and non-registered victims with the National Victim Service Program (NVSP) at CSC, the present study was launched to examine the characteristics of offenders who have perpetrated a crime against a child, as well as to provide information on child victims of federally sentenced offenders relating to the crimes perpetrated against them, the victimization methods used (e.g., abuse of power, weapons, threats), and the physical and psychological harm caused.

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario has appointed the Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese, an experienced judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal, to lead an independent public inquiry into the policies, procedures and oversight of long-term care homes.

In particular, Justice Gillese has been asked to inquire into the circumstances and systemic issues which may have contributed to the assault and death of residents who were under the care of Elizabeth Wettlaufer, a former registered nurse in long-term care homes in southwestern Ontario. The inquiry will help get answers to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again.

Resilience and Victims of Violence Survey CLOSING JULY, 2017

Victims and Survivors Have Serious Strength: Learn more about how you can share your story while the questionnaire remains active.

Have you been the victim of violent crime or a family survivor of homicide? Are you over the age of 18? If so, we would like to hear from you!

In partnership with VJN, researchers at Algonquin College have launched a survey to better understand the experiences of victims and survivors. The results will be used to improve training for professionals who help victims of violent crime. Click here to learn more about how you can participate.

Le Sondage sur la résilience et les victims de violence prend fin en juillet 2017

Les victimes et les survivants ont une force incroyable.  Apprenez comment vous pouvez raconter votre histoire alors que le questionnaire est toujours en ligne.

Avez-vous été victime d’un crime violent ou survécu à l’homicide d’un membre de votre famille? Avez-vous 18 ans ou plus? Si oui, nous aimerions avoir votre opinion!

En partenariat avec le RJV, les chercheurs du Collège Algonquin ont récemment créé un sondage pour mieux comprendre les expériences des victimes et des survivants. Les résultats seront utilisés pour améliorer la formation des professionnels qui aident les victimes de crimes violents. Cliquez ici pour apprendre comment vous pouvez participer. 

Justice Canada hosted a Knowledge Exchange on the criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assault against adults on March 7-8, 2017.  The objective of the event was to better understand why, despite Canada’s robust criminal laws related to sexual assault, rates of reporting, prosecution, and conviction remain low. The event also explored  how the criminal justice system’s responses to sexual assault could be improved. The summary of this event is now available online. 

Canada’s criminal justice system is in urgent need of reform. Delays in criminal proceedings have become a significant problem as it takes too long for many criminal cases to reach a final disposition. Lengthy trials and multiple adjournments are particularly hard on victims and their families, as well as on accused persons, whose stress can be worsened as the time between the laying of charges and the end of the trial stretches out month after month. When these delays become very lengthy, courts may find that the accused’s constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time (as guaranteed by section 11(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) has been breached. If this happens, the only judicial remedy available in Canada is an order for a stay of proceedings, which ends the process without a completed trial on the merits of the case.

A conference for policy makers, mental health, justice and social service professionals involved in the prevention, assessment, management, and safety planning for domestic violence and domestic homicide, particularly those working with Indigenous, rural, remote, northern, immigrant and refugee populations, and children exposed to domestic violence.

Breaking the Silence A Coordinated Response to Sexual Violence in Nova Scotia has released their June 2017 update. This includes information on a free, online training that was launched in April 2017 entitled Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Nova Scotia Resource as well as other aspects of their Sexual Violence Strategy.

On June 1st, 2017 the Victim Justice Network (VJN) in collaboration with Durham College presented a Live Stream Education Global Classroom event on the discussion topic: Empowering Resilience for Victims & Survivors of Child Abuse. This event was supported by the Department of Justice Canada as part of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017. Watch the recorded version and learn more at: http://www.victimjusticenetwork.ca/resource/875-empowering-resilience-for-victims-and-survivors-of-child-abuse-in-canada

Fifteen remarkable individuals and organizations from across the province received the Attorney General's Victim Services Awards of Distinction today for their outstanding work on behalf of victims of crime in Ontario.

The Victim Services Awards of Distinction recognize the exceptional achievements of dedicated professionals, organizations and volunteers working to raise awareness of victims' issues, advocate on their behalf and provide support when victims need it the most.

Some of the individuals and groups receiving awards this year include:

  • Debra Fowler, the survivor of a near-fatal assault who became a passionate activist for domestic violence victims in her community
  • Casandra Diamond, who is the founding director of BridgeNorth Newmarket, an organization dedicated to restoring the value and dignity of trafficked women 
  • Distress Centres' Survivor Support Program of Toronto, which offers specialized support to people affected by suicide or homicide and has many volunteers who have been affected by homicide or suicide themselves.

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi presented the awards to all 15 recipients at a ceremony today at Queen's Park.

Disclaimer: Welcome to our Find Help listing of services that provide help for victims of crime.  This listing represents only a subset of the many services and supports available to Canadians across Canada and we hope it is helpful for users of the Victim Justice Network site.  For a more comprehensive listing of services helping victims through all stages of their needs, we do encourage you to avail yourselves of your local 211 phone or online services or, alternatively, of your regional community services listings most of which are included in this site under Information and Referral.  The services listed on this site are based on the most recent information available on those services' individual websites in mid-2015.  We will endeavour to review these annually for accuracy and any changes or discontinuation of service.

Décharge: Voici notre liste des services Find Help visant à aider les victimes de crime. Cette liste ne représente qu’une partie des nombreux services et soutiens mis à la disposition des Canadiens dans tout le pays. Nous espérons qu’elle sera utile aux utilisateurs du site de Victim Justice Network. Si vous souhaitez en obtenir une plus complète, à quelque niveau des besoins des victimes que ce soit, n’hésitez pas à appeler votre numéro local 211 ou à utiliser des services en ligne ou encore les listes de services communautaires régionaux, services qui, pour la plupart, sont indiqués sur ce site sous la rubrique Information and Referral. Ces services ont été relevés dans les toutes dernières informations disponibles à la mi-2015 sur les sites pertinents. Nous nous efforcerons de les revoir chaque année pour qu’ils restent à jour.