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2013-2014 Annual Report of the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

OTTAWA (Ontario), June 23, 2015 - The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) today released its 2013-2014 Annual Report, outlining the recommendations, key achievements and activities of the Office in its work to assist victims of crime in Canada.

The work of the OFOVC focuses on three broad areas: responding to questions and complaints from victims and their families; reaching out to and engaging victims, stakeholders and the general public; and, identifying and championing effective policy and legislative improvements.

Facts

  • In April 2013, the OFOVC held a two-day forum with more than 150 stakeholders. This event was the culmination of a cross–country engagement process that provided guidance in developing OFOVC priorities and helped expand the National Framework for Engagement and Dialogue.
  • In April 2013, the OFOVC held a two-day forum with more than 150 stakeholders. This event was the culmination of a cross–country engagement process that provided guidance in developing OFOVC priorities and helped expand the National Framework for Engagement and Dialogue.
  • The OFOVC published Moving the Conversation Forward, a report that outlines eight core themes developed during the forum, with points for consideration that would enable equitable and meaningful support for victims of crime.
  • The OFOVC submitted nearly 30 recommendations to the Government of Canada for consideration in the development of the Victims Bill of Rights.

Quotes

  • “We review complaints to help resolve the specific concerns of individual victims and their families, and also to inform recommendations and progressive new policies and practices that would prevent similar complaints in the future.”
    Sue O’Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
  • “Our outreach activities inform our priorities and confirmed that we are on track in our efforts to understand and impart the concerns of victims and their families.”
    Sue O’Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
  • “Our submission on the development of a Victims Bill of Rights was directly informed by the views of victims as well as by the opinions of our policy experts.”
    Sue O’Sullivan, Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

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Media contact:
Bernard Beckhoff, Communications Manager
Tel: 613-957-4681
Email: Bernard.Beckhoff@ombudsman.gc.ca