Murder, sexual assault, drug trafficking – all manner of serious charges are being tossed out in growing numbers because of the Supreme Court of Canada’s brash new test in R. v. Jordan, a raft of judicial vacancies and a culture of delay in the justice system. What should concern us most about this appalling situation is the impact on the victims of these crimes.

An estimated 2.2 million Canadians suffer from violent crime annually. The total cost of crime has been assessed at almost $100-billion a year, with the majority of costs (83 per cent) borne by victims, including medical costs, lost wages, stolen/damaged property, pain and suffering and loss of life.

hereUnfounded: Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless

A 20-month investigation by the Globe and Mail into how Canadian police forces handled sexual cases showed that officers are closing sexual-assault allegations as unfounded at a rate much higher than other serious crimes.

The investigation revealed that Canadian police services close one out of every five sexual assault complaints as unfounded. The Globe and Mail gathered data from more than 870 police forces.

The Globe and Mail reported that their investigation triggered swift responses from federal Liberal cabinet ministers. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called for a review of sexual assault cases in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in, saying the federal government will play a key role to address how police services are dealing with victims of sexual assault.

To read the Globe`s investigation, click here.

Ontario now offers free, confidential and professional counselling to jurors. The Juror Support Program is available to jurors after they complete jury duty on a criminal trial, a civil trial or Coroner’s inquest. Speak with a qualified and experienced counsellor, toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Victim Justice Network souhaite exprimer ses condoléances les plus sincères aux familles et aux proches des victimes de la tragédie survenue à Québec. Nous sommes terriblement peinés et tenons à témoigner tout notre soutien à l’ensemble de la communauté. En ces moments difficiles, nos pensées vont aux victimes, leurs familles et leurs amis.

The Steps to Justice website provides comprehensive and reliable information on everyday legal problems related to family, housing, employment, abuse and family violence and other areas of law

  • Majority of Ontarians (57%) seek legal advice at some point in their lives and almost half (45%) of those report facing barriers in trying to access the justice system.
  • Almost half of Ontarians (48%) believe that published practical legal information would enhance access to justice.
  • Steps to Justice website is designed to be a simple and easy-to-understand resource with a live chat function that helps people find the information that they need.

You are invited to register for Justice Canada’s one-day Knowledge Exchange on the current realities of reporting, charging and prosecuting cases of sexual assault against adults in Canada. The event will also examine promising practices from within Canada and other common law jurisdictions that aim to strengthen the criminal justice system’s responses to this crime. The Knowledge Exchange will be open to criminal justice professionals, academics, victim service providers and government policy makers. The exchange takes place from March 7-8, 2017.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has developed a new tool to combat the growing proliferation of child sexual abuse material on the Internet. This automated crawler, called Project Arachnid, helps reduce the online availability of child sexual abuse material and break the cycle of abuse. This innovative tool detects content at a speed exponentially faster than current methods. 

Led by CLEO, Steps to Justice empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. Learn more at

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), in conjunction with Fox Valley AMBER Alert TTA and MANY, is pleased to announce the upcoming free webinar scheduled in January. 

Understanding the Complexities of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET


Description: In support of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January 2017, OJJDP, in conjunction with MANY and the Wichita State University Center for Combating Human Trafficking (CCHT), will present an interactive webinar to deepen participants' understanding of commercial sexual exploitation. This 90-minute workshop will discuss specific circumstances that put individuals at risk of victimization and what helps them survive, and even thrive, despite experiences of abuse and exploitation. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the pervasive impacts (biological, physical, psychological, and spiritual) on persons affected by commercial sexual exploitation and celebrate the resiliency evident in the journey from victim to survivor. Participants also will learn about tangible, intentional, and responsible actions that can be taken to support those affected.

Registration: Please visit the event webpage to register and learn more.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC), in conjunction with Fox Valley AMBER Alert TTA and MANY, is pleased to announce the upcoming free webinar scheduled in January. 

The Impact of Social Media in Missing Children Cases


Date: January 24, 2017
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Description: This webinar will provide participants with an overview of current trends in social media and the impacts it can have on investigations involving missing and abducted children. The presenter will review social media platforms currently popular with young people and discuss potential evidence that can be garnered through social media in missing child investigations. The webinar also will cover potential problems and barriers in gathering evidence. A case study will be reviewed in which a child was abducted and exploited using social media.
Registration: Please visit the event webpage to register and learn more.

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.