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

Tenants in Ontario who need to move because of domestic or sexual violence or abuse can now give their landlords just 28 days' notice.

This month's On the Radar from CLEO outlines when and how tenants can use this new option.

To read the full article, click here

The Province of British Columbia  is concluding Crime Prevention Week by once again inviting organizations involved in an array of crime prevention and public safety projects throughout B.C. to apply for grants from civil forfeiture proceeds this fall.

Details of the grant submission process – which is open from Nov. 7 to Dec. 16, 2016 – are at:

From Trauma-informed to Trauma-and violence-informed
Date & Time: November 29, 2016 | 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm Eastern Standard Time
Presented by: Dr. Colleen Varcoe, Professor, University of British Columbia

This webinar will provide a foundational understanding of trauma and violence and their complex and lasting impacts, demonstrate the need to shift from trauma-informed to trauma- and violence informed, and explain the principles and strategies of trauma-and violence-informed approaches.

Domestic Sex Trafficking ~ A “Lessons From Behind the Door” Conversation ~

Join Us:
Friday, December 9, 2016
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
CCC307, Champlain College, Trent University
Free Admission - to reserve your spot please visit or call 705-748-5901 ext. 204
Lunch for purchase on-site or bring your own!

Trent University Department of Sociology
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
East Metro Youth Services
Justice for Children and Youth

~ What is Domestic Sex Trafficking?
~ Who is at risk and what response is needed?
~ What are the differences between legislation regarding sex work
and legislation regarding domestic sex trafficking?
~ Local and regional plan for addressing
Domestic Sex Trafficking.

TV Ontario's "The Agenda" examines how the criminal justice system deals with sexual assault cases, and whether it's time for a new approach.

TV Ontario's "The Agenda" looks at how Canada might develop a trauma-informed justice system to better respond to victims and witnesses of violent crime.

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.  

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.