The BC Coroners Service has released the report and recommendations of a Death Review Panel into the deaths caused by intimate partner violence (IPV).

The panel, composed of experts from across the spectrum of law enforcement, family-serving agencies, victim services, Aboriginal health and crime prevention, made recommendations in three areas, aimed at: increasing public awareness of intimate partner violence and how best to respond; strengthening safety planning and case management; and enhancing collaboration and information sharing.

The report was released during the World Health Organization-sponsored 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which targets intimate partner violence around the world.

The Domestic Violence Risk Assessment: Informing Safety Planning & Risk Management Domestic Homicide Brief is the second in the series developed by the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP). The Brief highlights domestic violence (DV) risk assessment and how risk assessment informs risk management with offenders and safety planning with victims/survivors. 

Canada's top soldier is vowing to punish or expel all abusive perpetrators from the military in the wake of a new survey by Statistics Canada that found 960 full-time members, or some 1.7 per cent of the regular force, reported sexual assault in the past year.

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Time: 10:15 - 11:45 am EST
Guest: Maya Chacaby, Anishinaabe, Beaver Clan, Kaministiquia First Nation​
Students: Durham College, Oshawa, Canada
Host: Aboriginal Student Centre, Durham College
Resources: Fact Sheet... Amnesty International 
Twitter: @GlobalClassDC
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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has made an archived recording available of their November 2016 webinar entitled Sextortion: Awareness and Prevention. This webinar define sextortion, discusses current research, offers prevention tips, and raises awareness about the dangers of this online activity. Presenters provide real case examples from federal and state law enforcement. The webinar also gives educators, counselors, and law enforcement preventative tools to help youth avoid online predators.

This information sheet by OJEN-ROEJ Ontario Justice Education Network Réseau ontarien d'éducation juridique provides an overview of the structure of the courts in Ontario, including the jurisdictions of the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal 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.  We have updated our page on the website about this event, including a video archived recording and related resources mentioned during the discussion.

The Fall 2016 edition of the Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI) Newsletter is now available. In this edition, you’ll find information on a variety of subjects, including a reflection on what the Criminal Justice System Review means for victims and survivors of crime, information on Justice Canada’s investment in support of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and much more. You’ll also find updates on Justice Canada’s Canadian Victims Bill of Rights Complaint Mechanism process and the Victim Services Directory.

The Government of Canada has launched consultations with stakeholders and partners on the review of the Criminal Records Act and a public online consultation on the review of record suspensions (formerly referred to as pardons) under the Criminal Records Act.

Those who have completed their sentences and have been living crime free can apply for a record suspension. Reforms to the Criminal Records Act over the past 10 years have affected record suspensions. It is important to consider the impact these changes have had on the approximately 1 in 10 Canadians who have a criminal record and on the safety of our communities.

The review of the Criminal Records Act is aimed at ensuring that record suspensions are:

  • consistent with the Government of Canada’s goals to increase public safety;
  • providing value for money;
  • evidence-based; and,
  • aligned with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian values.

Canadians are invited to participate in the consultations and share their views on the changes to Canada’s record suspensions

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.