Projects

  1. Investigating the Long-Term Impact of Bereavement Due to Terrorism: Factors That Contribute to Trauma, Grief, Growth and Resilience

    National September 11 Memorial
    New York, NY
    Air India Flight 182 Memorial
    Toronto, ON

    The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime is delighted to announce our involvement in a new research project entitled, “Investigating the long-term impact of bereavement due to terrorism: factors that contribute to trauma, grief, growth and resilience.” The project is in partnership with Voices of September 11th and the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University.

    Funded by Public Safety Canada’s Kanishka Project Contribution Program, the research project involves family members of the 2,753 individuals lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001 as well as the family members of the 329 individuals lost in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 that crashed off the coast of Ireland. The study will identify the long-term needs of individuals impacted by terrorism.

    Understanding the long-term needs of victims’ families is crucial to helping bereaved individuals heal. The research project is a unique opportunity for those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001 or in the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 to provide important insight into factors that contribute to trauma, grief, personal growth and resilience. The knowledge gained from their responses will help expand the scientific advancement of research in the field, guide communities in providing services to victims’ families, and help individuals heal after traumatic events.

    The Study is now closed.

    If you are interested in hearing about the findings of the study at its conclusion, please contact Mary Fetchet, Project Director, at mafetchet@voicesofsept11.org or by phone at (203) 966-3911.

  2. TerrorVictimResponse.ca

    In February 2014, as part of the Kanishka Project Contribution Program, a multi-year investment in terrorism-focused research funded by the Government of Canada, the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC) launched a bilingual website for communities to utilize to help them prepare for and mitigate a terrorist attack or mass victimization event in Canada – TerrorVictimResponse.ca. In 2016, the Department of Justice Victims Fund provided funding to update content with respect to recent Canadian incidents of mass victimization and incorporate mobile responsiveness so that it is more accessible and usable to victim services personnel and other interested parties on their various smart devices. In 2016, we added new Canadian content related to recent incidents (1989 École Polytechnique massacre, 2006 Dawson College Shooting, July 2013 Lac Mégantic train derailment, 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa) and emerging concerns in the field, such as: missing persons; the use of volunteers when responding; special considerations for children; lessons learned from recent international incidents including the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013; competing jurisdictional issues; cultural competency; northern and remote community response and long-term needs of victims and witnesses. We have hired and/or collaborated with a number of experts to contribute content in these areas.

    TerrorVictimResponse.ca encourages communities to develop a comprehensive response plan, which will positively impact the resiliency of victims, survivors and communities in the event of a terrorist incident on Canadian soil. One of the primary goals of TerrorVictimResponse.ca is to provide practical information to emergency response officials that can be implemented to help address the realities arising from a terrorist event. The Checklist for Communities incorporates the needs of victims and survivors at each stage of the response and recovery efforts. Reflective of events from around the world, the Checklist for Communities incorporates first-hand experiences of victims and survivors, as well as lessons learned by communities and responders who have experienced a terrorist event. Most importantly, the TerrorVictimResponse.ca website provides the only national web-based resource for emergency management, law enforcement and government officials who may be required to deliver tangible support to persons harmed.

  3. The Canadian Centre for Information on Missing Adults

    The Canadian Centre for Information on Missing Adults (CCIMA) is a bilingual online resource that acts as an information and referral centre for Canadian families and friends of missing individuals. It is a collaborative project between the Ontario’s Missing Adults and the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime. The CCIMA was launched in November of 2012.

    The goal of CCIMA is to provide Canadian families with useful and practical information to help them cope with the realities arising from having a missing adult loved one. To this end, CCIMA has created a series of fact sheets addressing issues and processes that need to be negotiated by families whose loved ones have disappeared. As well, existing guidebooks and information sheets have been included in the online resources to further aid families.

    We also seek to provide professionals working with victims of crime and trauma with information and resources that will help them better serve families who report a missing adult. The website will also facilitate the development of relationships between law enforcement agencies, front line service providers, Internet volunteer groups, international agencies and Aboriginal groups in order to exchange information and make referrals to appropriate agencies. This website was developed with project funding provided by the Department of Justice Victims Fund.

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.