OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 12, 2014) - Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O'Sullivan, today responded to the tabling of the 2014 federal budget. Ms. O'Sullivan commended the Government for its inclusion of funds to support the pending Victims Bill of Rights, to develop and implement a national DNA-based missing persons index and to continue efforts to reduce violence against Aboriginal women and girls.
- The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime has been advocating for the creation of a national DNA-based missing persons index since 2009.
- A national DNA-based missing persons index will help to compare found remains against the DNA profiles of missing persons on a national scale, helping to bring answers to the families and loved ones of missing persons.
- The Federal Ombudsman recommended in 2012 that the Government of Canada introduce comprehensive legislation to enhance, expand and enforce victims' rights and was encouraged to hear the federal government announce their intention to develop and table a victims bill of rights.
"I would like to commend the Government for their commitment in Budget 2014 to moving forward to create and implement a national DNA-based missing persons index", said Ms. O'Sullivan. "This index will provide an important opportunity to help bring answers to the families and loved ones of missing persons in Canada and responds to the tireless work many victims and victims advocates have done to bring this important idea to fruition."
"The introduction of a Victims Bill of Rights has the potential to significantly change the criminal justice system to better acknowledge the important role that victims have to play and to ensure that victims are treated with the respect and consideration they deserve," said Ms. O'Sullivan. "While it still remains to be seen whether the measures covered in the proposed bill will sufficiently address victims' needs and concerns, it is encouraging to see that the Government has committed in Budget 2014 to supporting the measures as required."
- OFOVC special report: Shifting the Conversation - A look at refocusing Canada's justice system to better meet the needs of victims of crime
- OFOVC's submission to the Department of Justice in response to the national consultation on the Victims Bill of Rights