Multi-Site Survey of Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice Professionals across Canada: Summary of Probation Officer, Corrections, and Parole Board Respondents

Appendix A: Self-Administered Questionnaire for Survey of Probation Officers

  • 1. Who, if anyone, provides victims with the following information: (Check all that apply)

    • The offender's release on probation (date and location)

      • 1 Police
      • 2 Probation officers
      • Other (Specify)
      • 3 No one to
        my knowledge
      • 8 Don't know
    • The conditions of probation

      • 1 Police
      • 2 Probation officers
      • Other (Specify)
      • 3 No one to
        my knowledge
      • 8 Don't know
    • Any breaches of a condition of probation

      • 1 Police
      • 2 Probation officers
      • Other (Specify)
      • 3 No one to
        my knowledge
      • 8 Don't know
    • Proceedings for failure to comply with probation order
      (date and location)

      • 1 Police
      • 2 Probation officers
      • Other (Specify)
      • 3 No one to
        my knowledge
      • 8 Don't know
    • Outcome of failure to comply proceedings

      • 1 Police
      • 2 Probation officers
      • Other (Specify)
      • 3 No one to
        my knowledge
      • 8 Don't know
  • 2. Do probation officers provide any other services to victims?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know

      If yes, please describe the services


  • 3. Do provincial regulations require that you include recommendations on conditions in pre-sentence reports?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 4 .In pre-sentence reports, do you generally recommend that conditions for victim safety be placed on the offender?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 5. In preparing pre-sentence reports, do you usually speak to victims?

    • 1 Yes, to all victims
    • 2 Yes, to victims who know their offender
    • 3 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 6. How do probation officers ensure that conditions of probation are followed?



  • 7. Is restitution usually ordered as a condition of probation in appropriate cases?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
    • If no, please explain:
  • 8. If restitution is a condition of probation, please indicate whether you do any of the following:

    • Remind the offender of the obligation to pay restitution

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
    • Monitor the offender's payment of restitution

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
    • Collect restitution payments

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
    • Submit restitution payments directly to the victim or to someone acting on the victim's behalf

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
    • Notify the court of failure to pay restitution

      • 1 Yes
      • 2 No
  • 9. Is restitution enforcement a concern or problem?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
    • Please explain:

Questions 10 and 11 ask about victim impact statements. Please indicate "don't know" if you do not have sufficient personal experience to answer these questions.

  • 10. Do victims generally submit a victim impact statement for use in sentencing? (Check one)

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 Yes, in serious cases
    • 3 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 11. In cases where no victim impact statement is submitted, do judges generally ask whether the victim is aware of the opportunity to prepare and submit a victim impact statement?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know

Restorative justice considers the wrong done to a person as well as the wrong done to the community. Restorative justice programs involve the victim(s) or a representative, the offender(s), and community representatives. The offender is required to accept responsibility for the crime and take steps to repair the harm he or she has caused.

  • 12a. Have you ever participated in any restorative justice processes such as a healing circle, etc.?

    • 1 Yes
    • 2 No
    • 8 Don't know
  • 12b. If yes to Question 12a, please describe your involvement. (Please check all that apply)

    • 1 Make recommendations on outcome, including conditions on offender
    • 2 Monitor offender's compliance with conditions
    • 3 Other (please specify):
    • 4 Other (please specify):
    • 5 Other (please specify):
  • 12c. If no to Question 12a, why have you not participated in a restorative justice approach? (Check all that apply)

    • 1 Restorative justice approaches are not available
    • 2 Restorative justice approaches do not protect the victim adequately
    • 3 Restorative justice approaches do not act as a deterrent
    • 66 Other (Specify):
  • 13. Do you have any other comments?

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please return the questionnaire by faxing it back to us toll-free

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