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Thank you to our donors!

Each month, CRCVC staff supports victims in their healing and recovery.  We do so over the telephone, through email and in person.  We provide information and resources to help them navigate the criminal justice system and write to government officials to express victims’ needs and concerns.  We are grateful to our donors for supporting the work we do everyday, and wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to:

  • spent 160 hours responding to calls and emails from persons harmed by serious crime across Canada;
  • supervised two full time placement students from Algonquin College’s Victimology post graduate certificate program;
  • met with the federal Minister of Justice;
  • attended a parole hearing in Laval, QC to support a family whose sister was murdered in 1978;
  • attended a compensation hearing in Ottawa to support a survivor of childhood sexual abuse;
  • attended meetings in Toronto with various stakeholders about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board;
  • attended and presented at MADD Canada’s national conference for victims of impaired driving;
  • wrote/compiled our monthly newsletter;
  • met with a survivor of intimate partner violence and her daughter who fear the upcoming release of a federal offender;
  • helped a woman, her daughter and nephews apply for compensation to cover the funeral cost of her brother; who died as a result of an assault;
  • raised issues and asked for meetings with government Ministers on behalf of victims who require various services/supports;
  • spoke out in the media about issues affecting crime victims;
  • participated in meetings for a research project on victim resilience;
  • attended meetings in Kingston about victims and the federal corrections/parole systems;
  • wrote to the police on behalf of a woman being criminally harassed by her ex;
  • met with officials from the Department of Justice Canada; and
  • planned a training event for professionals working with people who’ve experienced sexual violence and other traumas.

Helping victims heal in 2016

As we begin 2016, CRCVC is grateful for the generous support of our donors and partners which allow us to continue to serve persons harmed by crime and violence across Canada. We will focus on our EDUCATION efforts, RESEARCH work and SUPPORT services this coming year. Serving more than 1,000 callers in 2015, we provided information resources, referrals and advocacy to survivors of violence. Staff also developed information resources and participated in various conferences and community events. We also hosted a workshop for professionals working with persons who’ve suffered trauma.

We look forward to publishing findings from our research project, “Investigating the Long-Term Impact of Bereavement Due to Terrorism: Factors That Contribute to Trauma, Grief, Growth and Resilience” in collaboration with VOICES of September 11th and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University. The study is evaluating the immediate and ongoing needs of family members who lost loved ones on 9/11, or in the bombing of Air India Flight 182 in June 1985. By understanding the collective experiences of victims’ families, we will better serve and assist families impacted by other traumatic events. The study closes on Sunday, January 17, 2016. If you are a 9/11 or Air India Family member and have not yet participated, we encourage you to do so. The anonymous questionnaire is accessible at www.voicesofsept11research.org.

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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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