Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime marks Victims and Survivors of Crime Awareness Week
Ombudsman calls for the transformation of Canada’s criminal justice system to better meet the needs of victims
May 29, 2017 – Calgary, AB ̶ Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
The Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O’Sullivan, is in Calgary to participate in the 2017 National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week Symposium. Hosted by Justice Canada’s Policy Centre for Victim Issues, this annual event brings together victims and survivors of crime, victims’ advocates and victim-serving agencies to help raise awareness about victims’ issues.
“National Victims and Survivors week engages us in reflecting on how well we are meeting victims’ needs in Canada. This is particularly timely in light of the government’s criminal justice system review and this year’s theme of resilience. When we build a system that takes a trauma- and violence-informed approach to supporting victims, we minimize further harm and avoid re-traumatization. I can’t think of a better way to support resiliency than by transforming the criminal justice system into one that is compassionate, respectful and empowering for victims and survivors,” said Ms. O’Sullivan.
“Canadians’ confidence in the criminal justice system is at a critical point. Without victims and survivors coming forward and participating in the system, it would fall apart. We must keep working together to find a path forward that respects and supports all victims and survivors,” she added.
“This year my Office celebrates its 10th year of helping victims and I am continually inspired by the survivors and advocates I hear from. This week, let us celebrate the amazing work that is done by advocates and agencies across this country every day to improve outcomes for victims,” said Ms. O’Sullivan.
- The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime helps victims to address their needs and concerns, identifies issues that impact victims of crime, and recommends ways that the federal government can make its laws, policies and processes more responsive to the needs of victims of crime.
Christina McDonald, Communications Manager
Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime