Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

July 14, 2016 16:41 ET

Government of Canada Funds Enhancements to Victim Services in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 14, 2016) - Department of Justice Canada

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of support services for victims of crime in helping to ensure that the justice system is fair, efficient and accessible to all Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced funding of $3,411,450 over five years to enhance and support services to victims and survivors of crime in British Columbia.

The British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General will use the funding for projects that help advance services and access to justice for victims and their families. The projects will improve services to family members of homicide victims, child victims, victims of domestic violence, victims in remote communities and Aboriginal communities. The funding will also provide training to victim service providers and criminal justice personnel so they can respond more effectively to the specific needs of victims of crime.

The funding is available through the Victims Fund, which supports projects that encourage new approaches, promote access to justice, help service providers work more effectively, and make victims of crime and their families more aware of the services available to them.

Quick Facts

  • This funding will be used by the Province of British Columbia to:
    • provide enhanced information, supports and services to family members of homicide victims;
    • implement responsive victim services in four remote and/or First Nations communities in British Columbia;
    • establish provincial networks for Child Advocacy Centres and for Domestic Violence Units;
    • provide multi-disciplinary trauma-informed practice training, education and awareness curriculum for the justice and public safety sector, in response to recommendations from British Columbia's Fifth Justice Summit;
    • develop training initiatives to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of victim service workers and other front-line service providers working with victims of crime in British Columbia; and
    • undertake various activities and training to support the implementation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights, including the provision of new testimonial accommodations.

Quotes

"Responding to the needs of victims and their families helps reduce the devastating consequences of crime not only for victims but for society at large. It is important that all levels of government work together to ensure that victims of crime have the services they need and can access the justice system."

- The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"This funding from the Government of Canada supports B.C.'s work to enhance services for victims of crime in British Columbia, improve access to justice, and further support the implementation of the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights in our province. With a five-year funding commitment now in place, service providers working with victims of crime can access targeted education and training opportunities ensuring we have a responsive system of supports in British Columbia. This investment will also help programs throughout the province that support safe families and build safe B.C. communities."

- The Honourable Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia

"The federal government's support of trauma-informed training, education and awareness for the justice and public safety sector will help to ensure that the needs of victims of violent crimes - and the witnesses to such crimes - are met. This training initiative is a direct outcome of B.C.'s Justice Summits, which promote innovation and collaboration across the sector, and will go a long way to enhancing access to justice."

- The Honourable Suzanne Anton, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of British Columbia

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Backgrounder

Victims Fund agreement with the Province of British Columbia

Victims Fund

The Victims Fund is a grants and contributions program administered by Justice Canada. Funds are available each year to provinces, territories and non-governmental organizations whose projects and activities support the objectives of the Federal Victims Strategy.

The Victims Fund supports projects and activities that:

  • enhance victim assistance programs across Canada;
  • promote access to justice and participation in the justice system and the development of laws, policies, and programs;
  • promote the implementation of principles, guidelines, and laws designed to address the needs of victims of crime and articulate their role in the criminal justice system;
  • contribute to increased knowledge and awareness of the impact of victimization, the needs of victims of crime, available services, assistance and programs, and legislation; and
  • promote, encourage and/or enhance governmental and non-governmental organizations' involvement in the identification of victims' needs and gaps in services, as well as in the development and delivery of programs, services and assistance to victims, including capacity building within non-governmental organizations.

More information is available on the Department of Justice Canada's website.

Enhancing and Supporting Services to Victims in British Columbia

Enhancing and Supporting Services to Victims in British Columbia is a five year project (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2021) that is being delivered by the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. The project includes 11 primary activities that include pilot projects, building service delivery capacity, networking, training sessions and raising awareness. The anticipated outcomes of the activities include:

  • better coordination between victim service providers and police investigators in homicide cases;
  • better planning and delivery of local victim services in a number of remote and Aboriginal communities;
  • provincial networks of Child Advocacy Centres and Domestic Violence Units will have been established;
  • increased awareness about the services available to victims of crime;
  • improved response to trafficked children and youth through training for youth serving agencies and social workers;
  • enhanced trauma-informed support for victims and survivors of crime by training and educating criminal justice system personnel in line with recommendations from British Columbia's Fifth Justice Summit; and
  • Improved consistency in implementing a provincial sexual assault policy by training for service providers.

July 2016

Department of Justice Canada

Contact Information

  • Joanne Ghiz
    Office of the Minister of Justice
    613-992-4621

    Media Relations
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