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Victims of Violence is a federally registered charitable organization.

Since our inception in 1984, the mission of Victims of Violence has been:

  • To provide long term support and guidance to victims of violent crime and their families and to aid families of missing children in the search for their loved ones;
  • To conduct research on issues affecting victims of violent crime and to act as a resource centre providing information on these topics for victims and the community;
  • To provide to governments, news media, and the community a victim's perspective on issues affecting victims of violent crime; and
  • To generally promote public safety and the protection of society.

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November 27, 2014Victims of Violence Celebrates 30 years of service. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of our organization. Today, as we celebrate our achievements, we also reflect on the many changes that have been made to better the experience of victims in Canada. Because of the hard work of so many advocates, including our founders Sharon Rosenfeldt and her late husband Gary, we are proud that victims now have a place in the criminal justice system. We have come a long way over the last 30 years with respect to the treatment of victims of crime.  We are grateful to all who have supported us over the years and who continue to support us as we move forward in our efforts on behalf of victims.

November 3, 2014 - The November/December Issue of Victim Matters is now available!

October 23,2014 - Bill C-43 (The Economic Action Plan 2014 Act) read. Division 17 of Part 4 of the bill will amend the DNA Identification Act to, among other things, create a national DNA-based Missing Persons Index to help police investigations. Public Safety Canada.

October 1, 2014 - October is Child Abuse Prevention Month! Boost Child Abuse Prevention & Intervention have launched the "NO Secrets" campaign. This campaign highlights the critical fact that over 90% of kids who are abused know their abuser. Please visit www.nosecrets.ca to learn more about talking to kids about secrets.

September 20, 2014 - Bill C-489, an Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (restrictions on offenders), comes into force. This Bill amends the Criminal Code to require a court to consider making an order prohibiting certain offenders from being within two kilometers or less of a victim’s home or any other place specified in the order; creates mandatory conditions prohibiting anyone on a conditional sentence or on probation from having contact with a victim or other person identified in the order or from going to any place specified by the judge, unless the victim consents in writing to having contact with the offender; and ensures that victim’s safety and security concerns are taken into consideration by either the Parole Board of Canada or Correctional Service Canada when making a release decision about an offender. 

September 8, 2014 - The September/October Issue of Victim Matters is now available!

July 2, 2014 -  The July/August Issue of Victim Matters is now available!

May 30, 2014 - We are very pleased to announce that our new special publication "An Exploration of the Victims' Movement in Canada" is now available! We are very grateful to the Department of Justice - Victims Fund, whose support has made this publication possible.

May 9, 2014 - The May/June Issue of Victim Matters is now available!

April 10, 2014 - Bill C-14, the Not Criminally Responsible Reform Act, receives Royal Assent, ensuring that the Government can deliver on its commitment to protect Canadians from not criminally responsible (NCR) accused persons who have been found to pose a higher risk of committing violence if released. Amendments will come into effect three months from the date of Royal Assent (July 10, 2014). Government of Canada.

April 7, 2014 - Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, tables Private Members’ Bill C-587 ‘to amend the Criminal Code (to increase parole ineligibility).” This Bill seeks to extend the parole eligibility period for those convicted of the abduction, heinous acts of sexual assault and murder of an individual from the current 25 years, up to a maximum of 40 years.
 
April 6 - 12, 2014 - National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Victims Week is held in April every year 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 please visit the Victims Week Website.

April 3, 2014 - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces the introduction of legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime – a first in Canadian history. Prime Minister of Canada.

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