Resources

The fall edition of the Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI) Newsletter provides a recap of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2017 and shares information about the Government of Canada’s efforts to improve the criminal justice system’s responses to adult survivors of sexual assault. They also provide a summary of the Victims and Survivors of Crime Roundtable held in Ottawa on June 1, 2017, which was part of Minister Wilson-Raybould’s criminal justice system review. Finally, they provide an update on Justice Canada’s Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU) initiative for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Where: The Learning Network at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, Western University, Ontario.

About the Documentary Film: The film follows pioneering individuals who looked at the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research and the emerging science of Toxic Stress and asked, Why are we waiting? Each took this new information and used it in new ways.

Child victims can be subject to physical, emotional or sexual abuse at the hands of people they trust. Children can also become victims of neglect of they are denied the necessities of life. Warning signs of abuse or neglect include poor hygiene, a child isn’t growing and they are often absent from school.

Elder mistreatment (abuse, neglect, financial exploitation). Elder mistreatment is a pervasive public health issue with major consequences to older adults and costs to society. Approximately one in ten older adults experience some form of elder mistreatment each year.

The Canadian Criminal Justice System (CJS) is based on the old English common law tradition. One of the most important tenets of the Canadian CJS is that an individual charged with a criminal offence is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a Court of Law.

The Victim Justice Network has created a Criminal Court Process infographic for victims of crime to understand their role.  This can be accessed via this link:

http://www.victimjusticenetwork.ca/files/resources/Criminal_court_process_infographic_v3.pdf

Global Innovation - Local (R)Evolution - This theme draws attention to both global and local contributions to the restorative justice movement which has grown by leaps and bounds in many countries, including our own. Restorative justice is constantly evolving and improving how the world deals with harm and conflict, coming into greater use in many fields. Now is the time to come together to share our innovations and to use this knowledge to push us into the next (r)evolution of restorative justice in Canada.

The Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 5 is a national showcase of ground-breaking grassroots initiatives that address intimate partner violence.  This vital annual conference will feature influential presenters who are bringing about change in community-based groups, academics and government agencies. An extensive array of participating organizations include women’s shelters, women’s centres, Partner Assault Response (PAR) programs, men’s treatment programs, family therapists, restorative justice facilitators, probation offices, police, crown prosecutors, judges, victim services officers, children mental health workers, child protection workers, addiction counselors, health care workers, clergy, educators and others engaged in direct service. The ultimate goal of this progressive and formative conference is to strengthen and enrich those individuals who confront domestic violence and to challenge the current social determinants of domestic violence.

Ontario is creating safer workplaces by proposing a job-protected leave of absence when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence.

Under this leave, a worker would have the right to take up to 17 weeks off without the fear of losing their job. Ten days of that leave may be taken a day at a time for things like medical appointments, and an employee may also take up to 15 weeks intermittently for reasons that require more time, such as making moving arrangements. If passed, the Domestic or Sexual Violence Leave would come into force January 1, 2018.

The Battered Women's Justice project is hosting a number of webinars in the Fall of 2017. To find out more visit their website.

Restorative justice  is a worldwide movement, which like all justice theories and practices has its good and bad days. Since its return in the 1970s, we have seen it implemented in various contexts and at different stages of the criminal process. This publication provides Case Studies on Restorative Justice.

Disclaimer: Welcome to our Find Help listing of services that provide help for victims of crime.  This listing represents only a subset of the many services and supports available to Canadians across Canada and we hope it is helpful for users of the Victim Justice Network site.  For a more comprehensive listing of services helping victims through all stages of their needs, we do encourage you to avail yourselves of your local 211 phone or online services or, alternatively, of your regional community services listings most of which are included in this site under Information and Referral.  The services listed on this site are based on the most recent information available on those services' individual websites in mid-2015.  We will endeavour to review these annually for accuracy and any changes or discontinuation of service.

Décharge: Voici notre liste des services Find Help visant à aider les victimes de crime. Cette liste ne représente qu’une partie des nombreux services et soutiens mis à la disposition des Canadiens dans tout le pays. Nous espérons qu’elle sera utile aux utilisateurs du site de Victim Justice Network. Si vous souhaitez en obtenir une plus complète, à quelque niveau des besoins des victimes que ce soit, n’hésitez pas à appeler votre numéro local 211 ou à utiliser des services en ligne ou encore les listes de services communautaires régionaux, services qui, pour la plupart, sont indiqués sur ce site sous la rubrique Information and Referral. Ces services ont été relevés dans les toutes dernières informations disponibles à la mi-2015 sur les sites pertinents. Nous nous efforcerons de les revoir chaque année pour qu’ils restent à jour.