Steve Sullivan has been appointed as Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.

Announced in March, 2007 the creation of the federal ombudsman for victims of crime has developed over the last decade and been recommended by victims, victim advocates, and parliamentarians.

The mandate of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime relates to matters of federal responsibility and will include:

  • Facilitating access of victims to existing federal programs and services by providing them with information and referrals;
  • Addressing complaints of victims about compliance with the provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that apply to victims of offenders under federal supervision and providing an independent resource for those victims;
  • Enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims and the applicable laws that benefit victims of crime, including to promote the principles set out in the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime; and
  • Identifying emerging issues and exploring systemic issues that impact negatively on victims of crime.

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
240 Sparks Street
PO Box 55037
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1A1
1-866-481-8429
http://www.victimsfirst.gc.ca/