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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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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 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.

March 3, 2014 - The March/April Issue of Victim Matters is now available!

February 26, 2014 - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice, and The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, introduce comprehensive legislation (made up of nine measures) to better protect children from a range of sexual offences and exploitation at home and abroad. Justice Canada

January 9, 2014 - The Government of Canada launches the anti-cyberbullying public awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online. The national campaign will raise awareness among Canadians of the impact of cyberbullying, and when this behaviour amounts to criminal activity. 

January 3, 2014 - The January/February Issue of Victim Matters is now available!

November 20, 2013 - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, introduces legislation to address criminal behaviour associated with cyberbullying. The proposed legislation will: Prohibit the non-consensual distribution of intimate images; Empower a court to order the removal of intimate images from the Internet; Permit the court to order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone or other device used in the offence; Provide for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate image from the Internet or elsewhere; and Empower the court to make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images. Justice Canada.

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