VJN News

December 10, 2015 - Over the past two days, the Victim Justice Network (VJN) has successfully made new connections with crime victims, survivors, agencies and front-line services at the  B.C. Collaborates to Stop Sexual and Domestic Violence forum in Vancouver, British Columbia.  With over 1000 delegates in attendance at the two-day conference, Priscilla de Villiers, the Executive Director and Kate Lines, the Board Chair have met dozens of individuals and learned about the diverse range of services and supports available to crime victims, especially those impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence.  In addition, the VJN had the opportunity to deliver a presentation outlining its organizational goals and objectives, and also to highlight its accomplishments to date.  

December 9, 2015 - Today in Vancouver, B.C. at the BC Collaborates Forum to Stop Sexual  and Domestic Violence the Victim Justice Network announced details of a new research partnership with Prof. Ben Roebuck of the Victimology Department of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. The project is titled, Resilience and Victims of Violence: Understanding Strengths to Enhance Victim Assistance Training.

December 8, 2015 - One of the key objectives of the Victim Justice Network (VJN) is to provide victims of crime with greater access to information on services, supports and other resources. Victims of crime are often left to navigate a complex and confusing criminal justice system in the aftermath of their criminal victimization. In order to guide victims through this process, the Victim Justice Network has created an easy understand Criminal Court Process chart which illustrates what typically happens after a crime has occurred. This flowchart can be used to provide victims of crime with a pathway to what may take place during a criminal court process in a typical Canadian provincial court.

The Victim Justice Network is pleased to announce that Priscilla de Villiers, Executive Director and Kate Lines, Board Chair are delivering a presentation at the B.C. Collaborates to Stop Sexual and Domestic Violence on December 9th, 2015 to promote awareness of the Victim Justice Network.

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.

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.

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.

Recorded on April 10, 2014 - In support of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week from April 7th to 11th, this webinar will provide an overview of the application of Victim Impact Statements in the criminal justice system in Canada, how it has evolved over the past 10 years, and what to look for in the future. The webinar is hosted by the Victim Justice Network, a non-profit national organization whose mission is to establish an online-based network to better serve and support victims of crime.