By Donna Watson-Elliott
Manager Ottawa Police Victim Crisis Unit

When you become a victim of crime, connecting with the best services can be a challenge.

Ex-Ontario deputy attorney general tasked with looking at Halifax police, public prosecution's actions - The independent review into how Nova Scotia police and prosecutors handled the Rehtaeh Parsons case has found that both police investigators and the Crown made errors.

The cost of crime in Canada has soared to the all-time high of $85 billion while crime rates continued to fall, according to a report released by the Fraser Institute.

The report written by Stephen Easton, Hilary Furness and Paul Brantingham says the cost of crime has increased from $42.4 billion in 1998.

News Release September 17, 2015 12:30 P.M. - Ontario is increasing the base funding for all 42 sexual assault centres across Ontario by $1.75 million per year so they can enhance their services for survivors of sexual violence.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced in August that Ontario will invest $1.1 million a year for the next three years for treatment centres for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

This directory compiled by the Victim Justice Network of Canada lists police and law enforcement agencies and organizations across Canada. Organized by province and territory, this document provides links to these organization's websites where available.

Released: 2015-06-22 - Trends in reporting criminal victimization to police, 1999 to 2009 - Reporting criminal victimization to police was generally highest for incidents of break and enter, or theft of a motor vehicle or parts, while police were rarely made aware of spousal violence incidents and sexual assaults, according to data from the 2009 General Social Survey (GSS) on Victimization.

Recorded on April 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. E.D.T. - In support of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week in 2015 from April 19th to 25th, this webinar examines Bill C-32 - The Canadian Victim Bill of Rights and its impact on victims of crime once enacted.  The key presenter in this webinar was Ms Pamela Arnott, the Director and Senior Counsel of the Policy Centre for Victims Issues, Department of Justice Canada. The webinar was hosted by the Victim Justice Network, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to establish an online-based network to better serve and support victims of crime. One of its objectives is to promote public awareness and public education on issues of importance to victims of crime.

Understanding the criminal court process as a victim - Produced by the Victim Justice Network

This is Ontario's new action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. Read it to learn more about the Government's plans and how to "help build a safe, fair and respectful society for all".

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.