It is hard to believe that we are already celebrating the 10th National Victims of Crime Awareness Week in Canada, from April 19th-25th, 2015. It is a week where the federal government spends $1 million dollars to raise awareness across Canada of victims’ rights, their needs, and the multitude of services available in communities for people who may need them. It is also a chance for agencies to hold training events for their employees, raise public awareness of an issue or thank the volunteers who give so much week after week.
This year there are three federal symposia being held across Canada: in Ottawa, April 20th, in Vancouver, April 22nd and in Halifax, April 24th. It is a week to gather with our colleagues in victim services across Canada and reflect on what has been accomplished over the last 10 years. Are Canadians more aware today than 10 years ago of the challenges people face when they become victims of crime? Do they know where they can get support services in the event they should become victims of crime? Are we funding enough support services for people who experience trauma to get the help they need to recover and rebuild their lives over the long-term?
Unfortunately, being victimized is not a pleasant experience and most people don’t ever plan to become a victim. People experience helplessness, shock, fear and anger. In some cases, it can be hard to move forward once you have become a victim, but there are supports available to help you. If you or someone you know is struggling to cope, call our toll free line for support and connection to resources in your local community 1-877-232-2610.