Multi-Site Survey of Victims of Crime and Criminal Justice Professionals across Canada : Summary of Victim Services Providers and Victim Advocacy Group Respondents

Appendix A: Interview Guide for Victim Services and Community Organizations

Key informant interview guide - Victim services and community organizations

(Those that directly provide services to victims)

The Department of Justice Canada has recently launched a multi-site study of victims of crime and criminal justice professionals. The main objectives of this study are:

The following questions address issues relating to the role of the victim in the criminal justice system, victim services, and the implementation of recent reforms to assist victims of crime through the criminal justice process.

We realize that you may not have the personal knowledge required to answer some of the questions. Please let us know, if you do not feel that you can answer a question.

Background Information

The Role of the Victim

Victim Services

Recent Reforms Relating to Victims of Crime

As you may know, a number of legislative changes at the federal level have been made relating to victims of crime and their participation in the criminal justice system (victim surcharge, victim impact statements, consideration of victim safety in bail decisions, assistance to victims testifying at trial, publication bans, etc.). The following questions address issues relating to the implementation of these provisions.

Section 486 (2.3) of the Criminal Code states that, unless required by "the proper administration of justice" a self-represented accused cannot cross-examine a child witness (under 18 years of age). This section is applicable to proceedings where an accused is charged with a sexual offence, a sexual assault under sections 271, 272, and 273, or where violence against the victim is "alleged to have been used, threatened, or attempted."

Questions 18-23 concern victim impact statements. If you have experience with victim impact statements at both sentencing and parole hearings, please answer for each separately.

Restorative Justice

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.


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