In recognition of National Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness Week 2017, the Victim Justice Network delivered a presentation at the Federal Symposium in Calgary, Alberta on Resilience and Victims of Violence, an ongoing research project in partnership with Algonquin College located in Ottawa, Ontario.

To date this project has surveyed over 425 victims of crime across Canada about their victimization, resiliency and path to recovery.  The findings from this research, which is expected to be available in 2018, will inform the development of future victim supports and front-line victim assistance training across Canada.  Please note that the survey is open to all interested victims and survivors of crime until the end of June 2017.  For more information on this project, please visit the project website: http://victimjusticenetwork.ca/resource/topic/825-algonquinen

Priscilla de Villiers, Executive Director of the Victim Justice Network, commented on this year’s theme, Empowering Resilience: “Victims of Crime are thrust into tragic circumstances that forever change their lives.  All victims and survivors of crime have their own personal experiences and path to recovery and many demonstrate remarkable resilience in challenging circumstances.  The Victim Justice Network is pleased to have been invited to the Forum to provide an update on the Resilience Research project in partnership with Jennifer Barkley, Research Associate from Algonquin College.”

The Victim Justice Network is also hosting a live Global Classroom on the topic,
Empowering Resilience for Victims & Survivors of Child Abuse on June 1st, 2017. This event is an official National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017 Project. For more information and to register please to go to: http://www.theglobalclass.org/resilience1.html

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