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Children who attend child advocacy centers are more likely to state that they were not scared during a forensic interview compared to children without a child advocacy center.
Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) are a seamless, coordinated and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of child victims or children who have witnessed crime. CACs seek to minimize system-induced trauma by providing a child-friendly setting for child victims or witnesses and their families.
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Offenders who are sentenced for an offence under the Criminal Code or Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are required to pay a fee that helps fund victim services in Canada.
The Victim Surcharge is a fee that offenders are required to pay that goes into a special fund, sometimes called the Victim Assistance Fund, in the province or territory where the crime was committed. The money does not go directly to victims, but is used to provide services and assistance to victims of crime in general.
For more information:
- Federal Victim Surcharge in New Brunswick: An Operational Review
- The Federal Victim Surcharge in Saskatchewan
Families are important sources of advice and assistance to victims of violent crime.
In a survey conducted by EKOS Research on behalf of the Department of Justice Canada, the most commonly cited sources of help respondents would seek if they, or someone close to them, were the victim of a violent crime were police (93%), family (77%), health care professionals (69%), victim services (63%), and friends/co-workers (58%).
For more information:
- Canadians' Awareness of Victim Issues: A Benchmarking Study
- To access the data from this research, start here
Justice Canada offers financial assistance to registered victims who wish to attend parole hearings for the offender who harmed them in order to help victims participate more fully in the criminal justice system.
This financial assistance is offered to victims of offenders sentenced to federal correctional institutions in order to help victims participate more fully in the criminal justice system. Financial assistance is also available for a support person to accompany registered victims to Parole Board hearings or to provide child or dependant care to enable victims to attend hearings.
For more information: Attending Parole Board of Canada Hearings
Victims can make a statement that must be considered by the court at the time of sentencing to describe any physical or emotional harm or loss they suffered due to a crime.
This statement is called a Victim Impact Statement and it can also be prepared by the survivors of deceased victims, by the parent or guardian of a child victim, or by a spouse, dependant or close relative of a victim who is incapable of making a statement. As well, a Community Impact Statement can be made by a person on behalf of their community to describe any harm or loss suffered by the community as a result of the crime.
For more information: Victim Impact Statement
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