"Creating a Framework for the Wisdom of the Community:" Review of Victim Services in Nunavut, Northwest and Yukon Territories

4.0 Yukon Territory (cont'd)

4.0 Yukon Territory (cont'd)

4.4 Recommendations for Victim Services in the Yukon Territory

The following recommendations for improvements in victim support and services comes from the service providers, victims of crime, program administrators, caregivers and funders interviewed during this research process. These are all listed in Appendix A, except for the names of the victims of crime who were interviewed; their names are not included.

4.4.1 Public Education and Community Building

As noted earlier, respondents feel that uninformed and anti-victim public attitudes are amongst the biggest challenges they face in victim service delivery. Many respondents used the word "aggressive" when talking about the type of intensive public education needed to change these attitudes and stop family violence and sexual assault in the territory. Several people referred to the successful public education campaign of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), pointing to the noticeable impact their campaign had on societal levels of impaired driving.[146]

Alongside intense public education campaigns, respondents see a real need to build stronger and more cohesive communities that don’t tolerate abuse towards any community member. Towards that end, they recommended the following:

4.4.2 Practical Support to Existing Services

Service providers pointed out during interviews that many excellent services are already in place in Yukon. However, most of these programs need more staff, improved facilities and other resources, including stable funding, in order to truly meet their mandate. The following detailed recommendations were made by survey respondents:

4.4.3 New Programs and Services

Survey respondents gave more recommendations in the area of new programs and services than in any other area. All these areas are reflected in the quotes above, although these comments are not the sum total of comments made about needed services. Recommendations for new services and programs are listed below in roughly the order of priority they were given by respondents.