Giving victims a voice in the criminal justice system

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI) is pleased to announce that Victims Week will be returning for its 11th year under the new name of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week! This year, Victims and Survivors of Crime Week will be commemorated from May 29th to June 4th, 2016.

Due to the lengthily election period, the dates for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016 have been changed 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 annual Federal Symposium is being planned to take place during Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016 in Ottawa. The date for the symposium will be announced shortly.

PCVI is now accepting funding applications Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016.
To apply for funding, please submit a proposal via email using the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Funding Application Form. Your application must clearly describe how the proposed activity will help support the objectives of the Victims Fund and the goals of Victims and Survivors Week. We also recommend that you read the Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Funding Guide and frequently asked questions before starting an application. Only applications that have been completed in full will be eligible for funding.

The deadline to submit your funding application is February 29, 2016. Applications will only be accepted up to that date. No extension will be granted for applications after February 29th. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the funding application has been received by the Department of Justice Canada. If you do not receive a confirmation email after submitting your application electronically to, please call (613) 952-3629 for assistance.

As the amount of funding that is available each year is limited, not all eligible applications can be approved.

Fill out an application form!

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

  • 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.

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Victim Impact Education and Offender Re-Entry: A Benefit to Public Safety?

Save the Date!
March 10, 2016

Join us for a FREE Discussion Forum –
Where: Ottawa Police Association Lounge (141 Catherine Street, 2nd floor)
Time: 9:30am to 12noon

Crime has a harmful impact not only on individuals but on entire communities and is often felt long after the formal criminal justice process ends. Victim impact education is sometimes offered in correctional institutions to hold offenders accountable for their crimes and give them a deeper understanding of the impact of their criminal activity. It is thought that these programs can reduce offending which is beneficial to public safety. Join us for a FREE event where a panel of experts, including a mother whose son was murdered, will discuss the topic of victim impact education in Canadian penitentiaries. Some questions to be answered:

  • Do victims benefit if an offender gains empathy?
  • Is public safety increased when an offender addresses the trauma they have inflicted upon others?
  • Can offenders truly gain insight about how they hurt their own families, and very importantly, their victims’ families?
  • Does developing empathy mean that offenders will avoid returning to criminal behaviour when they are released from prison?

Please join us to discuss this important topic. The panel will include:

  • Carolyn Solomon, Chair of the Victims Advisory Committee to CSC/PBC in Ontario/Nunavut region & mother of a murdered son;
  • Cindy Ayala, Project Manager, Enhancing Empathy for Victims and Families of Offenders,The Church Council on Justice and Corrections;
  • A federal offender currently incarcerated in Pittsburgh Institution.

*This event is possible with funding gratefully received from Public Safety Canada Policy Development Contribution Program*

TO REGISTER for this event, click here or use the registration form below.

The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime works to ensure the equitable treatment of crime victims by providing support and advocacy to survivors.

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