Federal Court Justice Robin Camp’s resignation after the Canadian Judicial Council recommended his removal from the bench sends a strong message: Victims of crime must be treated with respect and the criminal justice system must do far better at upholding their interests and rights. But it’s going to take a lot more to restore the trust of most victims.

Every year in the Hamilton-Wentworth and Halton regions, thousands of our neighbours commit offences and are eventually sentenced to jail. Most residents of our region seldom question whether there might be a better way to deal with offences and offenders. This is surprising, given the devastating impact of incarceration on the individuals jailed, and the sheer cost to society: $79,000 to $110,000 or more per inmate per year in direct costs, as well as hefty indirect costs due to the impact of incarceration on families and the erosion of offenders’ ability to obtain gainful employment after their release.

Our community will soon have an opportunity to learn about an alternative approach. On April 1, The Bridge: from Prison to Community is hosting an all-day conference on restorative justice. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James Street North. Tickets are available on-line at:

Click here for Resilience and Victims of Violence: Understanding Strengths to Enhance Victim Assistance Training

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To participate in this study, you must meet all of the following criteria....

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Qui peut participer dans ce projet de recherche?...

Avez-vous 18 ans ou plus?

Avez-vous été victime d’un crime violent ou survécu à l’homicide d’un membre de votre famille?

Si vous avez répondu oui à ces questions, et si votre cas n'est pas actuellement l'objet d'un procès criminel, nous aimerions vous parler. Nous vous invitons à participer à une nouvelle étude qui contribuera à l'amélioration des services aux victimes/survivants de crimes violents.

Are you 18 years of age or older?

Have you been the victim of a violent crime or a family survivor of a homicide?

If you answered YES to these questions, and your case is NOT currently the subject of a criminal trial, we’re very interested in hearing from you. We invite you to participate in a new study that will help improve services to victim/survivors of violent crime.

As part of Ontario's Strategy to End Human Trafficking, Minister of the Status of Women, Indira Naidoo-Harris, introduced legislation today that would, if passed, increase protection for survivors and those at risk of human trafficking.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Act, 2017 would create two statutes, Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017 and Human Trafficking Awareness Day Act, 2017. These statutes, if passed, would:

  • Allow individuals to apply for restraining orders against human traffickers
  • Make it easier for survivors of human trafficking to get compensation from those who trafficked them
  • Proclaim February 22 of each year as Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario.
On March 29th 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime will host the launch of Professor Benjamin Perrin's new book: Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada (Thomson Reuters, 2017). Benjamin Perrin is an Associate Professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. 
How victims of crime are treated by the justice system has emerged as a major societal issue, spurring legislative reforms, public inquiries, complaints against judges and public debate. Victim Law: The Law of Victims of Crime in Canada is an invaluable peer-reviewed resource for judges, Crown prosecutors, defence counsel, police, victim services professionals, policy-makers and scholars. In this timely book, one of the architects of the new federal Victims Bill of Rights Act examines the growing body of legislation and case law related to victims of crime throughout the criminal justice, corrections and youth criminal justice systems and under provincial and territorial laws. In addition to providing a comprehensive legal account of victim law, legislative and policy recommendations are made to enhance the responsiveness of the justice system to victims.

Date: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Time: 8:30 am registration; 9-10:30 am event 
Venue: Cardus, 45 Rideau Street, 7th Floor, Ottawa, ON
This event is being sponsored by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy and hosted at the facilities of Cardus. It's a free event but please register to attend by emailing
For more details about Professor Perrin and the new book, click here.  

Murder, sexual assault, drug trafficking – all manner of serious charges are being tossed out in growing numbers because of the Supreme Court of Canada’s brash new test in R. v. Jordan, a raft of judicial vacancies and a culture of delay in the justice system. What should concern us most about this appalling situation is the impact on the victims of these crimes.

An estimated 2.2 million Canadians suffer from violent crime annually. The total cost of crime has been assessed at almost $100-billion a year, with the majority of costs (83 per cent) borne by victims, including medical costs, lost wages, stolen/damaged property, pain and suffering and loss of life.

hereUnfounded: Why police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault claims as baseless

A 20-month investigation by the Globe and Mail into how Canadian police forces handled sexual cases showed that officers are closing sexual-assault allegations as unfounded at a rate much higher than other serious crimes.

The investigation revealed that Canadian police services close one out of every five sexual assault complaints as unfounded. The Globe and Mail gathered data from more than 870 police forces.

The Globe and Mail reported that their investigation triggered swift responses from federal Liberal cabinet ministers. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale called for a review of sexual assault cases in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also weighed in, saying the federal government will play a key role to address how police services are dealing with victims of sexual assault.

To read the Globe`s investigation, click here.

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.