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.
The online survey, which will be used to help in the development of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, is now available online.
The survey is designed to allow survivors, family members and friends of victims, service providers, and others to provide input into who should conduct the inquiry, […]
Please be advised that our office will be closed for the holidays from December 21, 2015 until January 4, 2016.
Victims of Violence Wishes you every happiness this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year!
The first phase of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be designed after hearing the ideas and perspectives of survivors, families, loved ones, Indigenous organizations and communities, provinces and territories, and experts. To make sure these voices are heard, a national engagement process will take place over the coming months. […]
We are proud to announce that the 2015 It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child Hockey Tournament will be held November 20-22nd at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior, Ontario.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the annual tournament and we are very happy and thankful to say that the tournament has raised over $100,000 for the It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child Program in the last ten years alone. […]
We are thrilled to announce that, with the support of the Department of Justice – Victim’s Fund, Victims of Violence is launching a new project titled ‘Exploring and Responding to the Impact of Victimization in Communities.’
Our research will identify services available for direct and indirect victims and the best practices for dealing with their difficulties as identified by stakeholders who deal with individuals impacted by violent crimes in communities. […]
Victims of Violence is pleased and proud that the historic Victims Bill of Rights has now come into force. We consider the VBR to be a fair and responsible representation of where we are at currently in Canada in relation to being more responsive to victims of crime and their vast array of needs, concerns and issues. […]
This Bill, introduced by Member of Parliament David Sweet, amends the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to extend mandatory parole review periods for violent criminals who are denied parole, to reviewing the case within five years rather than the current two years.
Public Safety Canada.
The Victims Bill of Rights creates clear statutory rights to to information, protection, participation and restitution, at the federal level for victims of crime for the first time in Canada’s history.
Sections 1 to 44 and 52 to 54 come into force 90 days after Royal Assent (July 23, 2015.) Sections 45 to 51 come into force on proclamation. […]
The goal of Victims Week is to raise awareness about issues facing victims of crime and the services, programs and laws in place to help victims and their families. For more information and a list of events taking place across the country, please visit the NVCAW Website.
The theme of the 10th annual Victims Week, […]