**Pre-Register Now!** May 31st Global Classroom on Resilience and Victims of Violence Research Findings Hosted by VJN and Durham College -- Presenters Benjamin Roebuck, Jennifer Barkley from Algonquin College and Special Guest Dr. Jacki Tapley, U of Ports

How do people recover from violence? What supports and resources tend to be most meaningful to victims and survivors of violent crime? In partnership with the Victim Justice Network (VJN), researchers at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa set out to answer these questions. With funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), support from the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC), Victims of Violence, and the Ontario Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), our team was able to learn from victims and survivors of violence in every province and territory. Our mixed methods study included 435 responses to an online survey and 70 in-person or telephone interviews with people from across Canada reflecting on what has been helpful or unhelpful following violence, and how their experiences facilitated personal change. Project participants also provided feedback on the criminal justice system, victim assistance services, and informal supports. From this we learned about the types of interactions that compound trauma or that support the process of resilience and lead to posttraumatic growth and feelings of well-being. Three subgroups in the sample include family survivors of homicide, survivors of intimate partner violence, and men who experience victimization.

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Call for Presenters National Restorative Justice Symposium November 17 - 19, 2019 Banff, Alberta  The conference organizers are seeking proposals that address the theme of the conference: Diverse Perspectives, Meaningful Solutions. In particular they are looking for topics that address ways that the practice of restorative justice can move forward in local communities: rural, urban or indigenous.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the mass shooting at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, which shocked Canadians. This half-day conference will focus on multi-disciplinary responses and the power of collaboration in order to meet the needs of victims of mass violence. Victim-centred reparative justice focuses on the needs, perceptions and dignity of victims in order to promote healing. It requires that all actors, legal, medical, and social, work together to assist victims in their healing process. Nowhere is the importance of cross-sector collaboration more evident than in the case of mass victimization, where the plethora of victims' needs may seem insurmountable.

Victim Justice Network (VJN) presents a Global Classroom Online Event: Resilience and Victims of Violence May 31st, 2019 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. EST.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is being held in Canada from May 26 to June 1, 2019.  The theme for this year’s initiative is The Power of Collaboration. A federal symposium will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton – Lord Beaverbrook hotel.

In order to promote your Victims and Survivors of Crime Week event and raise awareness of victim and survivor issues, the promotional materials below highlight the theme and dates of this year's Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

These materials can be displayed around town or used as handouts or flyers to advertise your event. You may want to add to the posters contact information for your organization (name of agency, telephone numbers, email address, and websites) and information about your event.

Also included is a Certificate of Appreciation for you to use in recognizing the people in your organization and community who have contributed to giving victims a more effective voice in the criminal justice system.

The International Justice and Victims’ Rights summer school brings together internationally renowned experts, and human rights organizations in order to discuss and reflect on issues surrounding victims’ rights and international justice. In recent years, developments like the International Criminal Court, have catapulted victims’ rights into criminal justice. In order to ensure that as they evolve, victims’ rights remain linked to the reality of victims and not develop into empty legal concepts that are detached from victims’ needs, it is important to have an understanding of the impact of victimization, victims’ needs and the effects of the law.


Save the Date - Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2019 - Victim Justice Network (VJN) presents a Global Classroom Online Event on Friday, May 31st, 2019 - Resilience and Victims of Violence Research Findings

Participants are invited to send their proposals in response to questions that will form the structure of the four plenary sessions:

  1. Is mediation a way to prevent conflict?
  2. Is mediation a mode of regulation or of security?
  3. Does mediation have a future in the management of intercultural conflicts?
  4. Does the institutionalization of mediation help to reform institutions or does it distort mediation?

Apart from these questions, other proposals may be submitted. For example, proposals may be  related to results of empirical studies, theoretical or conceptual thinking, a specific program or initiative, a legal framework, and so forth.

Your proposal must be sent in French, Spanish or English, by email, before :

January 31, 2019

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues/Centre de la politique concernant les victimes from the Department of Justice/Ministère de la Justice in hosting a one-day Knowledge Exchange on the involvement of adult victims in restorative justice processes in the criminal justice system. The Knowledge Exchange will be held in
Gatineau on February 5, 2019.

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.