Sue O’Sullivan appointed for second term as Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

OTTAWA (Ontario) – On June 11th, Sue O’Sullivan, Canada’s Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime was reappointed to a second term. As Ombudsman, Ms O’Sullivan is appointed for a term of three years.

“I am delighted to be given the chance to continue working to bring about positive change for victims of crime in Canada,” explained O’Sullivan. “The work we have done would not be possible without all of the victims, victim-serving agencies and other stakeholders across Canada. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and to reiterate my commitment to amplifying victims’ voices in order to bring attention to the needs and challenges of victims of crime.”

Throughout her first term, Ms. O’Sullivan’s focused on creating more public dialogue about the needs and treatment victims, and to enhancing victims rights and treatment in the criminal justice system. Accomplishments from Ms. O’Sullivan’s first term include:

  • Overall increases in contacts with the Office
  • Developing and promoting the Office’s third special report Shifting the Conversation which contained 20 recommendations to the federal government for enhancing the treatment, inclusion and support of victims of crime
  • Hosting a National Forum Moving the Conversation Forward for Victims of Crime, bringing together more than 150 key stakeholders to discuss the way forward for victims
  • Making more than 35 practical recommendations to Government on how to improve law, policies, programs and services for victims of crime

“This is an important time for victims as the Government prepares to develop a first-ever Canadian Victims Bill of Rights,” says Ms. O’Sullivan. “I look forward to this next chapter as Canada is poised to potentially make significant progress for victims.”

Ms. O’Sullivan’s honours include the Governor General’s Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces Award, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal.

The OFOVC helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.

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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