VIII. Where can victims get more information and support?

Victims should contact the appropriate Review Board for information who can link them to the appropriate victim services office or Crown prosecutor’s office. They will be able to assist them or register them directly to receive the information and notification regarding Review Board hearings. They are likely the ones to keep victims apprised of important dates in the patient’s file such as notices of annual review hearings, forms to complete an impact statement, and forwarding the official disposition, and the reasons for the disposition. It is recommended that victims verify that the agency will be proactively notifying them of any hearings or changes for the patient, as policies vary across different jurisdictions. Victim services will also be able to let victims know what assistance and support they are eligible for, and how to go about obtaining services (eligibility and services offered vary by region). The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime also provides assistance to victims of NCRMD and UST patients (1-877-232-2610).

Ann’s story

My son was murdered by his co-worker. The accused was fit to stand trial, charged with first-degree murder but found not criminally responsible. I did not know that this could be a possibility, did not understand what that meant and no explanation was given as to what this meant in the trial or as an outcome.

I don’t want to be consumed by his life, but I guess it is important to have information provided so we know there are checks and balances, so we know that others are protected from him. I have attended most of the Board Hearings, about seven, all expenses at my own cost, costly, as I have had to travel from Ontario to Edmonton, which includes air travel, accommodation and meals. I would prefer to attend the hearing via video or tele-conference; my experience in person has been difficult.