The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webcast “Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence” on August 25, 2016 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. This session will provide information on three intervention models currently in use to serve young male survivors of violence. During this 90-minute session, panelists will provide an overview of their innovative programs and initiatives, which are listed below.

  • Healing Hurt People is a community-focused, trauma-informed, hospital-based program designed to reduce PTSD, re-injury, and retaliation among youth ages 8–30.
  • Make It Happen is a community program that provides young men who have experienced violence with the tools necessary to overcome traumatic experiences and enable them to succeed in spite of those experiences.
  • Caught in the Crossfire is a hospital-based peer intervention program that hires young adults who overcame violence in their own lives to work with youth who are recovering from violent injuries.

Register today!

Date: August 24, 2016
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET 
Description: This multi-disciplinary panel will address the emerging FGM/C epidemic in the United States. FGM/C on girls under the age of 18 is illegal under Federal law and under the laws of 25 states. The increase in the number of immigrants and refugees from countries who practice FGM/C bring this issue to the forefront for professionals who provide services to these populations. Presenters will focus on areas of concern for professionals who deal with children and families at-risk or who have been subject to abuse and neglect.
Registration: Please visit the event webpage to register and learn more.
Date: August 16, 2016 
Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET
Description: Utilizing case studies, along with a comprehensive look on proven plans, this training provides participants with tools to effectively identify and manage sex offenders in the community. In addition, this course is designed to give first responders and other key officials the tools they need to respond quickly and appropriately when a child goes missing. It is designed to improve investigative techniques for law enforcement as well as create a united effort in the event of a missing or abducted child.
Registration: Please visit the event webpage to register and learn more.

The Learning Network from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC) at Western University in Ontario has released a report on Gender-based violence training. Here is an excerpt from their description of the report:

With an increasing need for training curriculums on gender-based violence (GBV), it is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with available educational options in order to determine which may best suit an organization’s or individuals’ needs or purpose. This report compares online, face-to-face, and blended learning approaches that may be of particular relevance to the development of GBV curriculums. Existing gaps in the current literature are also discussed, with suggestions for future research and evaluation.

Tri-County Women's Centre will soon offer expanded sexual assault nurse examiner service to residents of southwestern Nova Scotia, the Annapolis Valley, and the South Shore.

Every Woman's Centre in Sydney will offer more support to Cape Bretoners who have been sexually assaulted, starting in January 2017. The centre was one of two groups that won a request for proposals to provide the service. The province will spend seven hundred thousand dollars a year on the service, which offers physical examinations and support for sexual assault victims.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) has posted a proposed Practice Direction on Prehearing Motions for review and comment by members of the community and its stakeholders. The practice direction is intended to help parties better understand the prehearing processes.

We encourage you to have a look at the proposed practice direction and provide your comments and ideas by Friday, August 12, 2016. 

This booklet by CLEO explains the legal services that Legal Aid Ontario provides to people with low incomes. It includes a directory of the community legal clinics and specialty legal clinics in Ontario. 

Some clinics provide services to victims of crime including for example, assistance with Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims. Contact your local community legal clinic to find out more. To find your clinic visit:

February 15 - 17, 2017 - London Ontario Convention Centre, Ontario - A conference for policy makers, youth advocates, educators, mental health, youth justice and social service professionals involved in the prevention of relationship violence and promotion of youth well-being in families, schools and communities.

The Financial Assistance for Families of Homicide Victims (FAFHV) program has been extended to include 2016 homicides. 

The FAFHV program, originally launched in November 2011, provides up to $10,000 per homicide in financial assistance to eligible parents and spouses of victims of homicide.  Previously, the program covered homicides for the period 2006 to 2015. 

Please be aware that the application period for homicides that take place in 2016, ends on February 28, 2017.

The deadline for homicides that occurred from 2006 to 2015 has passed.  However, some parents and spouses may still be eligible if funds are available (i.e., if no other eligible applicant applied prior to the deadline).  People are encouraged to call the program for more information on eligibility. 

Detailed information about the eligibility criteria and the application process, including application forms, are available on the ministry’s website at:

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.