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Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Applauds New Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children

OTTAWA (Ontario), April 23, 2012 – Sue O'Sullivan, Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, today congratulated the Government on its announcement to create a new program that will provide income support to parents of missing or murdered children.

The Federal Income Support for Parents of Murdered or Missing Children is intended to help ease the financial hardship of parents struggling to cope with the death or disappearance of a child under 18 which occurred as a result of crime. This program will provide affected parents with $350 per week for up to 35 weeks.

"The creation of this program serves, in part, to recognize and respond to the immeasurable loss and trauma suffered by parents of missing or murdered children," says Ms. O'Sullivan. "We support this program as it will help some families to cope financially following these tragic circumstances. This is a positive step forward. We hope that this announcement also signifies a further commitment to better meet the needs of all victims of crime struggling to cope with loss and trauma."

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs, promotes their interests and makes recommendations to the federal government on issues that negatively impact victims.

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Jessica Simmins
Telephone: 613-617-8774
Email: jessica.simmins@ombudsman.gc.ca