Welcome to the 16th issue of the Victims of Crime Research Digest!

National Victims and Survivors Week 2023 takes place from May 14th to May 20th.

The theme this year is The Power of Collaboration.

Behind every research project is a team of people working to collect data to address gaps in our understanding of victims’ experiences in the Canadian criminal justice system. Once again, the articles in this issue illustrate the breadth of research that the Department of Justice takes on for victim-related topics to support the goals of the Federal Victims Strategy (FVS). The FVS is a federal government initiative that involves several departments. It has two goals:

We begin with an article entitled “Hate Crimes in Canada” by Anna Ndegwa and Susan McDonald, which updates the 2007 report on the same topic. Police-reported hate crimes have increased from 2019 to 2021. As a result, a lot of work has focused on the victims of these terrible incidents. In the next article, “An Overview of Justice Canada Research on Senior Abuse,” Natacha Bourgon presents two recent research projects on senior abuse. Then in “Supporting Victims of Crime Participate in Restorative Justice,” Nadine Badets summarizes a recent survey of provinces and territories on how they help victims participate in restorative justice processes.

Next, Fatima Fayyaz and Nadine Badets present results from the 2022 National Justice Survey in “What do Canadians Know about the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights?” The survey also asked Canadians what they thought about support animals in the courts and the use of virtual testimony.

We hope you find these articles interesting and, as always, we welcome your feedback.

Susan McDonald
Principal Researcher
Research and Statistics Division

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