The Canadian Criminal Justice System (CJS) is based on the old English common law tradition. One of the most important tenets of the Canadian CJS is that an individual charged with a criminal offence is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a Court of Law.

The Victim Justice Network has created a Criminal Court Process infographic for victims of crime to understand their role.  This can be accessed via this link:

Global Innovation - Local (R)Evolution - This theme draws attention to both global and local contributions to the restorative justice movement which has grown by leaps and bounds in many countries, including our own. Restorative justice is constantly evolving and improving how the world deals with harm and conflict, coming into greater use in many fields. Now is the time to come together to share our innovations and to use this knowledge to push us into the next (r)evolution of restorative justice in Canada.

The Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 5 is a national showcase of ground-breaking grassroots initiatives that address intimate partner violence.  This vital annual conference will feature influential presenters who are bringing about change in community-based groups, academics and government agencies. An extensive array of participating organizations include women’s shelters, women’s centres, Partner Assault Response (PAR) programs, men’s treatment programs, family therapists, restorative justice facilitators, probation offices, police, crown prosecutors, judges, victim services officers, children mental health workers, child protection workers, addiction counselors, health care workers, clergy, educators and others engaged in direct service. The ultimate goal of this progressive and formative conference is to strengthen and enrich those individuals who confront domestic violence and to challenge the current social determinants of domestic violence.

Ontario is creating safer workplaces by proposing a job-protected leave of absence when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence.

Under this leave, a worker would have the right to take up to 17 weeks off without the fear of losing their job. Ten days of that leave may be taken a day at a time for things like medical appointments, and an employee may also take up to 15 weeks intermittently for reasons that require more time, such as making moving arrangements. If passed, the Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave would come into force January 1, 2018.

The Battered Women's Justice project is hosting a number of webinars in the Fall of 2017. To find out more visit their website.

Restorative justice  is a worldwide movement, which like all justice theories and practices has its good and bad days. Since its return in the 1970s, we have seen it implemented in various contexts and at different stages of the criminal process. This publication provides Case Studies on Restorative Justice.

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. 

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.