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Like individual victims of crime, communities can now submit impact statements for the court’s consideration during the sentencing of convicted offenders.

In support of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rightsthe Province has introduced a Community Impact Statement Program that will enable the courts to admit – and judges to weigh – statements about how a particular offence has impacted the community. Like the victim impact statements that have long been part of sentencing, community impact statements will describe the emotional, physical and financial impacts of an offence on a community.

Canada's justice system scores high on being slow, expensive and inefficient in a report card issued Wednesday by a public policy think tank.

The Macdonald-Laurier Institute grades provinces and territories in five categories: public safety, victims support, efficiency, fairness and access to justice, and costs and resources.

University of British Columbia law professor Benjamin Perrin is one of the report's authors. With Canada's justice system costing roughly $11 billion a year, he felt it was time to look at the numbers.

Would you do it? Take the photo of your loved one and put it away to protect the rights of the person accused of killing them?

For families of victims of crime, holding on to a photo or memento of their loved one provides comfort and allows them to be represented in the court proceedings.

But recent cases in Newfoundland and Labrador courtrooms have seen grieving family members forced from the courtroom, and told to remove any items showing the victim in the case.

Organizers call it a first – a cross-border conference targeting human trafficking was held in Winnipeg Friday.

It included representatives from 52 Canadian law enforcement, victim care and advocacy sectors, as well as a human trafficking taskforce from North Dakota.

Women and girls are being trafficked for sex across the U.S.-Canada border.

"We know that the incidents of human trafficking in Manitoba and North Dakota are very high," said Barbara Gosse, CEO of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking.

Gosse is one of the organizers of a cross-border meeting in Winnipeg on Friday that brought together 50 people form Manitoba and North Dakota to discuss ways to combat human trafficking.

"Anecdotally we know that law enforcement members and front-line service providers are connecting with victims every single day," said Gosse. "In Canada, we have no national data mechanism to track that data."

There is a national hotline to report human trafficking in the United States, and Gosse said her organization is working to establish one in Canada.

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced funding of $3,411,450 over five years to enhance and support services to victims and survivors of crime in British Columbia.

For more information see:
https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/funds-will-enhance-victim-services-in-british-columbia

Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) in cooperation with OTEC has announced an advanced training and awareness program to prevent sexual violence and harassment in the hospitality industry. This program will deliver expert knowledge through two online learning modules, five case studies on successful industry practices, one manager’s toolkit and an overall awareness building campaign.

Ontario is launching a new pilot program in 22 communities across the province to increase affordable housing options for survivors of domestic violence and their families.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $20 million over two years in the Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit Pilot, which will provide ongoing assistance to approximately 1,000 survivors of domestic violence per year.

Currently, survivors of domestic violence are given priority access to rent-geared-to-income social housing. Survivors enrolled in the new pilot program will have the option to receive a portable housing benefit, so that they can immediately find housing in their community instead of waiting for a social housing unit to become available.

Read more at the link below

Ontario is taking concrete action to uphold and reinforce a zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse of patients by any regulated health professional. 

In fall 2016, Ontario intends to bring forward legislative amendments that would:

  • Add to the expanded list of acts that will result in the mandatory revocation of a regulated health professional's license
  • Remove the ability of a college to allow a regulated health professional to continue to practice on patients of one gender after an allegation or finding of sexual abuse
  • Increase fines for health professionals and organizations that fail to report a suspected case of patient sexual abuse to a college
  • Increase transparency by adding to what colleges must report on their public register and website
  • Clarify the time period after the end of a patient-provider relationship in which sexual relations are prohibited 
  • Fund patient therapy and counselling from the moment a complaint of sexual abuse is made.

Read more at the link below.

AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC) present a webinar entitled "Trauma Informed Practice Supporting Clients Who Have Experienced Complex Trauma"

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.