Victims of Crime Research Digest No. 14


Welcome to Issue No. 14 of the Victims of Crime Research Digest! The current theme of National Victims and Survivors Week, The Power of Collaboration, recognizes the important role that partnership plays in continuing progress. We know that as a country, we have made significant advances within the criminal justice system and victim services field to increase collaboration and better respond to victims’ needs. We also know that enhanced, multi-disciplinary coordination and partnerships are essential to increasing and strengthening the supports available to victims.

All research requires collaboration on some level, such as between researchers and participants or those with relevant data. We are pleased to present several articles that highlight collaboration in the context of supporting victims of crime. Justice Canada Researcher Shanna Hickey provides a summary of what we know about Child on Parent Violence and Aggression, a complex form of family violence that demands multi-sectoral, coordinated responses. There are two articles on restorative justice and gender-based violence. In the first article, Justice Canada Senior Researcher Jane Evans provides a summary of research in this area. In the second, the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC), along with Just Outcomes Inc., report on workshops held in the fall of 2020 that brought together restorative justice and gender-based violence practitioners and advocates to examine research gaps and collaboration opportunities. In the last two articles, criminal lawyer Kanchan Dhanjal and Justice Canada Principal Researcher Susan McDonald summarize case law on restitution since 2015, and Justice Canada Senior Researcher Cherami Wichmann summarizes a report by Professor Ben Roebuck and others on male survivors of intimate partner violence that was originally prepared for the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. While the final two articles do not explicitly focus on collaboration, they are based on a concept of criminal justice as a collaborative undertaking that must engage and involve victims and survivors.

As always, we hope you enjoy the Digest and look forward to connecting in person once again in the not-too-distant future. Note that in 2022, we hope to return to publishing print copies.

Susan McDonald
Principal Researcher
Research and Statistics Division

Stephanie Bouchard
Director and Senior Legal Counsel
Policy Centre for Victim Issues