Office for Victims of Crime
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is an independent advisory agency that provides advice to the Attorney General of Ontario on victims’ issues, including:
- Ways to ensure the principles set out in the Act Respecting Victims of Crime – Victims’ Bill of Rights, 1995 (Victims’ Bill of Rights) are respected;
- The development, implementation and maintenance of provincial standards for services for victims of crime;
- The use of the Victims’ Justice Fund to provide and improve services for victims of crime;
- Research and education on the treatment of victims in the criminal justice system and ways to prevent further victimization; and
- Matters of legislation and policy on the treatment of victims of crime and on the prevention of further victimization.
In order to enhance its advisory capacity on a complex array of victims’ issues, and stay informed of emerging trends relating to victims of crime in Ontario, the OVC engages and consults with a range of stakeholders including government, community groups, academics, and most importantly, victims of crime.