Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Marks National Victims of Crime Awareness Week
April 7, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O’Sullivan, this morning marked National Victims of Crime Awareness Week by congratulating victims and victim advocates for their part in helping to bring about the recently announced Victims Bill of Rights and by encouraging Canadians to share their views on the Bill in the coming months.
- National Victims of Crime Awareness Week was launched in 2006 with the goal of providing an opportunity to reflect on how Canada is meeting the needs of victims of crime.
- 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.
- “National Victims of Crime Awareness Week is an important week to bring awareness to the challenges victims face and to their incredible resiliency and strength,” said Ms. O’Sullivan “This year is particularly significant with the announcement of a first-ever Victims Bill of Rights and the opportunity Canada has in the coming months to debate and enhance this important step forward for victims. I encourage all Canadians to make their views on the Bill known as it moves through the Parliamentary process.”
- “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the victims, advocates, volunteers and Canadians who work tirelessly on behalf of victims of crime,” said Ms. O’Sullivan. “It is your hard work that helps bring about the changes that will ensure that victims are informed, considered, protected and supported.”
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Christina McDonald, Manager of Communications