Des centaines de programmes existent partout au Canada dans le but d’offrir des services et des refuges aux victimes d’actes criminels. Ces programmes offrent généralement du soutien et de l’aide pratique.

Les programmes d’aide aux victimes d’actes criminels offrent une vaste gamme de services, dont les suivants :

  • Information;
  • Intervention en situation de crise;
  • Counselling;
  • Hébergement d’urgence;
  • Défense des droits des victimes;
  • Soutien psychologique à court terme et à long terme;
  • Préparation liée aux tribunaux;
  • Accompagnement à toutes les étapes du processus judiciaire;
  • Partage de renseignements (par le Service correctionnel du Canada et la Commission nationale des libérations conditionnelles) avec les victimes de contrevenants purgeant une peine fédérale; et
  • Aiguillage des victimes vers d’autres services compétents.

Ces programmes d’aide sont généralement dispensés par divers organismes, dont les services relevant de la police, relevant des tribunaux et relevant de la collectivité, ainsi que les services offerts par les bénévoles, les organisations non gouvernementales et les organisations caritatives.

My name is Donna McCully.

It was always our wish to live in Jamaica in our dream home. So, in August 2012, my husband Sedrick Levine and I left Canada to move into our new home. We were thrilled to finally be starting the next chapter in our lives, in Sedrick’s beloved homeland. He bought a little bus and planned to operate tours for visitors to the island. I was helping him run this business venture, as part of our semi- retirement in Jamaica.

My life as I knew it was suddenly shattered when two masked men broke into our home on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Sedrick struggled with the men, allowing me to flee upstairs to call the police. His actions saved my life that day, and that of my father and his housekeeper, who were visiting us at the time. One of the masked intruders chased me upstairs and kicked in the bathroom door, but he stopped when he heard a gunshot from downstairs.

My husband Sedrick was killed that day and the men fled our home with a laptop. The Jamaican police have not yet found these men or charged them with killing my beloved husband. Their motive remains unknown.

This crime has completely changed my life. I suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder now and have depression as a result. I came back to Canada, but I feel very isolated since this happened. These emotional scars may never heal.

I managed to find the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime by searching online one day. I didn’t know where to turn for help when I came home to Canada. The CRCVC has provided me with a lot of emotional support, which has been tremendously helpful. They’ve also written numerous letters to Jamaican officials seeking justice for Sedrick, as well as intervening with Canadian officials on my behalf. The office also helped connect me to a trauma therapist for counselling sessions too.

In order to try and make sense of what happened to Sedrick, it is my hope that others could support the work of the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime. There are so many other victims/survivors out there who also need their assistance.