Responding to the Needs of Victims of Crime

POLICY CENTRE FOR VICTIM ISSUES — WHO WE ARE

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues at the Department of Justice Canada helps ensure that the perspectives of victims will be fully considered when relevant federal laws and policy are developed.

The Department established the Policy Centre in 2000, in response to the parliamentary report Victims Rights — A Voice Not a Veto. This report called for the development of both a victims of crime strategy and an office to respond to victims issues within federal jurisdiction.

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues is mandated to increase the confidence of victims of crime in the criminal justice system. Key objectives include:

The Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime, jointly endorsed by Federal, Provincial, Territorial Ministers Responsible for Justice in 1988, continues to guide the development of policies, programs and legislation related to victims of crime. It provides a foundation for the Policy Centre’s work.

SHARED JURISDICTION, SHARED RESPONSIBILITY

Addressing the needs and concerns of victims is a shared responsibility. The Policy Centre for Victim Issues works closely with the provinces and territories, encouraging and supporting a series of activities in partnership.

POLICY CENTRE FOR VICTIM ISSUES — WHAT WE DO

The Policy Centre for Victim Issues engages in a number of activities to improve our understanding of the evolving needs of victims of crime, and to increase victim confidence in the criminal justice system. These activities include: