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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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January 16, 2015 - Government announces royal assent of legislation creating a DNA-Base Missing Persons Index. The legislation, known as “Lindsey's Law” in honour of Lindsey Nicholls, who disappeared in 1993 and has never been found, recieved royal assent on December 16, 2014. Lindsey's mother, Judy Peterson, has been a tireless advocate for the creation of a DNA-based Missing Persons Index. Public Safety Canada.

January 5, 2015 - The January/February Issue of Victim Matters is now available!

December 17, 2014 - Bill C-483 – An Act to Amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (escorted temporary absences) receives Royal Assent. This Private Member’s Bill, introduced by Mr. Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford in March 2013, amends the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) to extend the Parole Board of Canada’s authority to approve or deny escorted temporary absences for offenders serving a minimum sentence of life imprisonment. Public Safety Canada.

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!

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