VJN News

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.

In recognition of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness Week 2017, the Victim Justice Network delivered a presentation at the Federal Symposium in Calgary, Alberta on Resilience and Victims of Violence, an ongoing research project in partnership with Algonquin College located in Ottawa, Ontario.

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. 

Earlybird registration is now open for the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference.

The conference from October 18 to October19 in London, Ont. is for policy makers and mental health, justice and social service professionals involved in the prevention, assessment, management and safety planning for domestic violence and domestic homicide.

First and foremost, thank you for participating in this e-survey that seeks to obtain your individual views on various aspects of the preliminary inquiry, as well as the purpose, functions and/or values it serves in the criminal justice process.

The Police Victim Services of British Columbia is gearing up to host their annual training symposium later this month.

Resilience is a hot topic. And while it suggests bounce or elasticity, resilience means something different for every victim of violence, says Benjamin Roebuck, professor and co-ordinator of  Algonquin’s graduate victimology program who is leading the study, which won a $207,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The research team includes representatives from a number of victims’ groups including Victim Justice Network, the Office of Victims of Crime, the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime, and Victims of Violence.

Dans une nouvelle étude, un partenariat entre le Collège Algonquin et le Réseau de justice aux victimes, examine la résilience des victimes des crimes violents. L’étude demande aux participants comment ils ont géré le traumatisme et la tragédie, et comment ils ont trouvé l’appui et les forces personnelles. (L’article est disponible en anglais seulement).

A new study, launched in partnership with the Victim Justice Network, is trying to learn what makes victims of violent crime resilient. The study, conducted by researchers from Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa, is asking participants how they coped after trauma and tragedy, and how they found support and inner strength.

Condoléances

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 Victim Justice Network (VJN) in collaboration with Durham College presented a Live Stream Education Global Classroom event with the discussion topic: Tackling the Justice Gap: Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence  on November 10th, 2016.  We have updated our page on the website about this event, including a video archived recording and related resources mentioned during the discussion.

The Victim Justice Network would like to congratulate Gwen Boniface for her appointment to Senate of Canada.  Ms. Boniface served as the founding Board Chair of the Victim Justice Network from July 2013 to October 2014.  Ms. Boniface has a long and illustrious career as a police leader, lawyer and educator internationally, and we wish her all the best in her new position as an independent Senator for Ontario.  

The Victim Justice Network (VJN) in collaboration with Durham College presented a Live Stream Education Global Classroom event with the discussion topic: Tackling the Justice Gap: Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence on November 10th, 2016

Emily Fearon
VJN News

When Sue Ashley gives a victim impact statement at parole board hearings just a few feet away from her sister’s killer, her pain and devastation resurfaces and she’s forced to re-live the horror.

“You’re just baring all your raw emotions and you’re digging up the pain that’s been tucked away for so long and so deep,” Ashley said. Her sister, Linda Bright, was only 16 when she was murdered.

An apology to sexual assault survivors can help them heal, experts say.
 
Receiving an apology from their attacker that acknowledges responsibility and remorse for the assault can help to combat the effects of the trauma, said Dr. Suvercha Pasricha, lead psychiatrist at the women’s inpatient service at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Evan Przesiecki
VJN News

Ellen Campbell tirelessly devotes her days to abuse prevention across the nation as the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness.

Her work with the leading organization has supported the lives of over 200, 000 children, women and men who have suffered from abuse. In 2014, she was appointed to the Order of Ontario for her efforts. It was a life she once never expected to have, being a victim of childhood abuse herself.

“I was suicidal. All my trauma had never been dealt with,” she recalls of her days before creating the CCAA. “It all came up to the surface and was too much to deal with.”

Elise von Scheel
VJN News
 
Post-incident support networks are being tested in an Ottawa neighbourhood in order to combat the effects of crime and trauma on communities.
 
A 2016 report by Crime Prevention Ottawa showed that when neighbourhoods experience high levels of trauma, it often tears the community apart.
 
In response, the City of Ottawa has launched a pilot project in the Overbrook area to test the Post-Incident Neighbourhood Support Framework – a place where victims can go for help. 
 

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre presents June 2 survivors' event at Peterborough's Market Hall to coincide with sexual consent conference.

Presented under the sub-title “Building Community for Victims and Survivors of Crime”, it includes a reading from 4th Line Theatre of Judith Thompson’s new play Who Killed Snow White?, a talk from former longtime OPP criminal profiler and author Kate Lines, and a panel presentation and discussion.

The Sexual Consent Conference begins on Thursday morning, with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by a welcoming ceremony at 9 a.m. Canada’s first academic and community-based research conference on sexual consent, it’s co-hosted by KSAC and conference chair Dr. Terry Humphreys, a Trent University psychology professor and researcher of sexual consent issues. The conference agenda and more is available at www.sexualconsentconference.com.

Recorded on May 30, 2016 - In support of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week from May 29 to June 4 2016, this webinar examines how to support victims and survivors of Human Trafficking in Canada. The presenters for this webinar were Rosalind Currie, the Director of British Columbia's Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons with the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General; and Michèle Anderson, Covenant House, Toronto Human Trafficking Advocate.

Courtney Edgar
VJN News

A human trafficking victim who was only 17 years old when a man posted nude photos of her online to force her into sexual acts with more than 100 men would get beat up if she didn’t hand over all of the money she made.

"He's not a human being. He's an animal," the girl told police in an interview played in court during the trial of Jamie Byron. He was sentenced in 2014 to six years in prison in what it believed to be the first human trafficking of a minor conviction in Canada.

A University of Windsor researcher is developing a standardized assessment tool to identify survivors or potential human trafficking victims for frontline workers.

On June 2, 2016 in Peterborough Ontario, 4th Line Theatre presents a reading from Judith Thompson's new play "Who Killed Snow White" followed by a panel presentation and discussion with former OPP Criminal Profiler Kate Lines, author of Crime Seen and Priscilla de Villiers from the Victim Justice Network.

 

Alana Thoman 
VJN News

A new centre in the Waterloo Region to support children who are victims or witnesses to abuse will ensure they only have to recount their story once to help prevent them from being re-victimized.

Meaghan Richens
VJN News

The Ontario government has announced it is investing around $250,000 in three research projects aimed at better practices in law enforcement when dealing with sexual violence against indigenous women.

Yasir Naqvi, Ontario minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, said these research projects are just one part of the province’s action plan to eradicate sexual violence and harassment, in addition to a long-term plan to end violence against Indigenous women announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne in February.