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Community Resources

Here, you'll find a selection of community resources that offer services and support, and information for victims of crime.

There are many more resources available to Canadians than we are able to list here. If you can't find what you're looking for, please ask your Victim Support Worker or try an Internet search.

Canadian Crime Victim Foundation
The Foundation’s mission is "to support, empower and provide resources to victims of crime and to effect positive change to victim services in Canada." The site was created by parents of a young victim of crime and provides resources for other victims dealing with the Canadian justice system.

Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime
The CRCVC advocates for individual victims and their families in order to assist them in obtaining needed services and resources, and lobbies for victims' rights by presenting the interests and perspectives of victims of crime to Government, at all levels. The CRCVC also offers a variety of resource materials to crime victims in Canada, including a monthly newsletter.

Department of Justice Canada
The Department of Justice works to ensure that Canadians enjoy a justice system that is fair, accessible and efficient. The Department helps the federal government to develop policy and to make and reform laws as needed. The Department also serves Canadians by acting as the Government's law firm. Its responsibilities reflect the double role of the Minister of Justice, who is also the Attorney General of Canada: while the Minister is concerned with questions of policy and their relation to the justice system, the Attorney General is the chief law officer of the Crown.

Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC) is Canada’s lead department for public safety. The Department builds and implements national policies for emergency management and national security. It helps ensure community safety by delivering crime prevention programs and developing federal policies for law enforcement and corrections.

Ministry of Children and Family Development, Keeping Kids Safe
The Child, Family and Community Service Act is the legislative authority for the ministry's Child Protection Services. Under the Act, the Minister designates the Director of Child Protection, who in turn delegates the provision of child protection services across the province to child protection social workers.

National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence
The mandate of the Circle is to reduce family violence in Aboriginal communities. The organization is engaged in a number of activities, including the initiation, design and delivery of culturally appropriate programs and services to address family violence, providing support to service providers for networking and capacity building; conducting research; sharing best practices; and advocating with governments.

Parole Board of Canada
The Parole Board of Canada (PBC/Board) is an agency of Public Safety Canada. The Board is an independent administrative tribunal that has exclusive authority to grant, deny, cancel, terminate or revoke day parole and full parole. Only the provinces of Ontario and Quebec have their own parole boards that have authority to grant releases to offenders serving less than two years in prison. The Board is also responsible for making decisions to grant, deny and revoke criminal record suspensions.

Policy Centre for Victim Issues, Department of Justice Canada
The Policy Centre for Victim Issues at the Department of Justice Canada is mandated to work toward improving the experience of victims of crime in the criminal justice system by engaging in legislative reform, consultation, policy development, research, and project funding. The Policy Centre for Victim Issues does not provide criminal injuries compensation to victims of crime.

Access to Justice Network: Victims of Crime
The Access to Justice Network (ACJNet) is an electronic community that brings together people, information, and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Canadians. It uses new technologies to create and distribute products and services and to facilitate broad base consultations. The Victims of Crime site offers practical information about dealing with the consequences of becoming a victim. The site emphasizes Canadian information and resources that may help victims and their support networks deal with the personal, legal, and financial impact of what has happened to them.

Virginia Resilience Project (Post 9/11)
The Virginia Resilience Project Post 9/11, a public health initiative of the National Center for Victims of Crime, aims to promote the resilience of 9/11 victims, their families, and first responders by helping them cope with the ongoing trauma of the 2001 terrorist attack. The site provides information and support focused on building resilience amongst adults and children who have suffered trauma.

Youth Justice Services
The Youth Justice system in BC deals with youth aged 12 to 17 who have committed various offences. The Ministry of Children and Family Development provides support and services in communities across the province for young people involved in the Youth Justice system, through the provision of community youth justice services and youth custody services.

Print/Online Resources
A Crime Victim's Guide to the Criminal Justice System
This booklet, created by the federal Department of Justice, is intended to complement provincial and federal services by guiding victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system and helping them understand their role in it. This guide contains general information only and is not intended as legal advice.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Serious Crime
This pamphlet is designed to answer some of your questions; help reassure you that what you are feeling is common to many victims; give you some suggestions for how you can help yourself cope with this difficult time; and assist you in getting more information, or further help, if you need it.

Dealing with Sudden Death…Information for Survivors
BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
The sudden death of a person close to you is always a very painful and difficult experience. You may have strong feelings over a period of time, and sometimes they may seem overwhelming. This booklet can provide some help in dealing with these feelings and finding the information you need to know as a survivor.

Keeping Canadians Safe: Information Guide to Assist Victims
This booklet provides information about your legal entitlements as a victim of crime, the obligations of both the Correctional Service of Canada and the National Parole Board and the services available to you. It also explains how you can communicate with the NPB or CSC. Finally, general information about an offender’s path through the correctional system after the court has sentenced him/her is provided to help you understand the usual steps that occur.

Let’s Go to Court: A guide to court orientation for child and youth witnesses (Information and Resources for Victim Service Workers)
This booklet and accompanying video are designed for use by professionals as part of the process of preparing a child between eight and twelve years for being a witness in criminal court proceedings. The video answers questions and concerns that the child may have about their participation in that process. In British Columbia, the professionals expected to use this resource are Victim Service Workers and Crown lawyers, but may include others, particularly in smaller communities.

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
On behalf of the Government of Canada and its Family Violence Initiative (FVI), the Public Health Agency of Canada operates the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (NCFV). The NCFV is Canada’s resource centre for information on violence within relationships of kinship, intimacy, dependency or trust. NCFV resources and services are available free of charge in both English and French.

For Your Protection: Peace Bonds and Restraining Orders
This booklet is written for women, living in BC, who need protection from a man they are — or have been — in an intimate relationship with. The information contained here also applies to people in same-sex relationships and to men who need protection from their female partners or ex-partners. This booklet does not contain legal advice. It provides information only about peace bonds issued under section 810 of the Criminal Code of Canada, and restraining orders issued under section 37 of the British Columbia Family Relations Act.

Public Legal Education and Information Resource Catalogue (BC) 2006/2007
The Public Legal Education and Information Resource Catalogue (BC) 2006/2007 lists print, online, and audio-visual materials published and distributed by 22 organizations in BC. The resources listed in this catalogue explain the law in general. They are not intended to give you legal advice on your particular problem.

Your Rights if You Are a Victim of Crime
These information booklets are available from the Government of British Columbia in English, French, Chinese, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Your Voice in Criminal Court: A guide to court orientation for adult witnesses (Information and Resources for Victim Service Workers)
This booklet (and accompanying video) was designed to assist Victim Service Workers in orienting clients for Provincial Court by offering general discussion points on a variety of court-related topics.

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