EXPERIENCES OF VICTIMS OF MENTALLY ILL OFFENDERS IN CANADA – This bilingual online resource (January 2015) provides victims and victim service providers with a better understanding about when and how a mentally ill offender is diverted into the forensic mental health system and becomes a patient who is treated by nurses, social workers and psychiatrists. The publication is available online in English and French in HTML and PDF formats. It is focused on the lived experiences of victims harmed by a mentally ill offender. The e-resource provides victim service providers and families/individuals impacted with:
Increased understanding of the hospital/forensic mental health system in Canada.
Information about provincial and territorial Review Boards, the dispositions imposed (which can include detention in a mental health facility and treatment) on the accused, or patient, as they are referred to in many jurisdictions.
The victims’ rights and roles within the forensic mental health system.
Frequently asked questions are answered, and information is provided to help victims find assistance and access supports near them.
IF THE MEDIA CALLS: A GUIDE FOR CRIME VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS – This bilingual publication (Revised Dec2016) provides victims with information about the focus of media; the impact of media on victims; the risks/benefits of speaking to the media; modern technology; tips for interacting with the media and high-profile cases. This may be used as a handout by police, victim services staff, NGOs and others who interact directly with crime victims and survivors. The publication is available in hard copy and online – please contact the office if you would like booklets mailed to you to share directly with your clients. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Department of Justice Victims Fund. Access this new resource in English or in French and provide us with your feedback.
RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF CANADIAN VICTIMS OF TERRORISM – We examine the experiences of Canadians impacted by the Air India bombing and September the 11th, as well as making a number of recommendations as to how all governments can be better prepared to respond to future victims and survivors in the aftermath of an attack on Canadian soil or elsewhere.
Example of a Victim Statement prepared for an offender’s parole hearing. The offender was given Unescorted Temporary Absences in November 2013, some twenty-eight years after he committed first-degree murder in 1985.
WORKING WITH THE MEDIA: A GUIDE FOR CANADIAN VICTIM SERVICE PROVIDERS – This bilingual guide was developed thanks to funding from the Department of Justice Victims Fund (March 2011). Access this new resource in English or in French and provide us with your feedback.
A Grief Like No Other – an excellent article written by Eric Schlosser describing the journey faced by families of homicide victims.
A victim’s perspective – Hazel Magnussen’s views of the Canadian justice system following the murder of her brother.
Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal handbook. This handbook was prepared by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), which is a community legal clinic, founded in 1974, that specializes in public legal education.
In the aftermath: The support needs of people bereaved by homicide: a research report by: Victim Support (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
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.