The Policy Centre for Victim Issues has announced that Victims Week will be returning for its 11th year under the new name Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

This year, Victims and Survivors of Crime Week will be commemorated from May 29th to June 4th, 2016. Because of the lengthy election period, the dates for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week have been changed from previous years to accommodate organizations who depend on funding from the Department of Justice’s Victims Fund to plan and host their community-based projects and events.

The theme for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016 is “The Power of Our Voices” and recognizes:

  • Many victims and survivors are looking to move beyond their victimization and use the power of their voices to create positive change. While all victims of crime define their experience differently, their victimization does not need to define them.
  • Throughout Canada, countless dedicated professionals and volunteers use the power of their voices to create a better experience for victims and survivors of crime by advocating for them and delivering effective and efficient services.
  • Service providers and criminal justice professionals give information and meaningful support to victims, survivors and their families at the community, provincial, territorial and federal levels. Through funding and collaboration with organizations that provide victim services, we are helping to ensure they are heard.
  • Over the past three decades, Canada has made significant advances towards creating a criminal justice system where victims are treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect while navigating the criminal justice system. By working together collaboratively, all levels of governments are recognizing the power of victims’ and survivors’ voices and making sure that voice is given the attention it deserves.

For more information, please see the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Website.