Canada’s justice system is far too offender-centric and it’s time to “shift the conversation”

In a special report released today, Canada’s Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime says the justice system should focus more on victims’ rights, not criminals.

“Canada’s justice system is far too offender-centric and it’s time to ‘shift the conversation’ to ensure victims are treated more fairly”, Canada’s new ombudsman for victims of crime, Sue O’Sullivan said in her first report.

“Right now, the imbalance between the rights of offenders and the rights of victims are very stark in this country… Despite all the good intentions, the conversations about victims have been focused for the most part on offender-related issues and we think it’s time to tackle this head on.”

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The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime offers support, research and education to survivors and stakeholders.

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